Being Human Start AlteredBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC has had second thoughts about when the new series of Being Human is likely to start.

Last week, the Programme Information section of the BBC's Media Centre had episode one of the fifth series starting during the week beginning Saturday 2nd February, as seen in the screen grab here, although it was unplaced, with the date and time yet to be confirmed.

The programme details have since disappeared from the site, although News In Time And Space understands that the new series of the BBC Three comedy-drama about a house-sharing vampire, ghost, and werewolf will now be starting during the following week. If that is the case then Sunday 10th February is the most likely date, as all previous series have aired on a Sunday.

We will bring you the confirmed details once we know them.

FILTER: - Being Human

Being Human Series 5 Start NearsBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The fifth series of Being Human will start sometime during the week beginning Saturday 2nd February, the BBC has announced.

The exact day and time have yet to be confirmed, but the BBC Media Centre's Programme Information section currently has episode one as an unplaced programme for between 2nd and 8th February. All the previous series aired on Sundays, so if it follows that pattern it will therefore begin on 3rd February.

The BBC Three comedy-drama about a house-sharing vampire, ghost, and werewolf stars Damien Molony as the vampire Hal, Michael Socha as the werewolf Tom, and Kate Bracken as the ghost Alex. Also appearing in it will be Phil Davis as Captain Hatch, Steven Robertson as Mr Rook, Colin Hoult as Crumb, Victoria Ross as Lady Catherine, Jeremy Swift as Emil, and Claire Cage as Patsy.

Ghost Alex is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom but vampire Hal is in hell. Not because he's chained up like an animal but because he's desperate to get his marigolds on the messy house.

But when Tom and Alex decide to set him free, Hal is racked by uncertainty. Can he control his bloodlust? Things get complicated with the return of Mr Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the world from supernaturals.

Having been fired from the café, Hal and Tom find new employment at the Barry Grand Hotel, home to poisonous pensioner Captain Hatch. Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship but also the entire world.

The new series will comprise six episodes - the first time the show has been that short since the first series. All the other series have had eight episodes.

FILTER: - Being Human

In Conversation With Beryl VertueBookmark and Share

Monday, 7 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Top TV producer, media executive, and former agent Beryl Vertue will be discussing her career at the BFI Southbank next month.

The multi-award-winning Vertue started out as a secretary at the writers' agency Associated London Scripts, where she went on to represent Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Johnny Speight, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, and Terry Nation, who she ensured retained partial rights to his creation the Daleks. She was also the agent for comedians Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd.

In the 1960s, she formed Associated London Films, which saw her involved with, among many productions, the feature films of 'Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe And Son, and Up Pompeii, and in 1967 she was invited by the showbusiness impresario and entertainment entrepreneur Robert Stigwood to join his famed Organisation after it absorbed ALS. While there she pioneered the concept of selling British TV formats to America and Europe, with two of the most notable hits being 'Till Death Us Do Part, which became All In The Family, and Steptoe And Son, which was reworked as Sanford And Son.

Among her early producing credits for British TV was The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, for which she was the executive producer. While at the Robert Stigwood Organisation, she also executive-produced the film version of Tommy.

Vertue - the mother-in-law of Steven Moffat - left the Robert Stigwood Organisation in the 1980s to form Hartswood Films - one of the first independent TV production companies in the UK and whose many hits have included Sherlock, Men Behaving Badly, Coupling, and Jekyll.

She was given an award by Women In Film And Television in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the industry, and the same year the Royal Television Society made her a member of its Hall of Fame. Vertue was awarded an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to independent television production, and four years later was given the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television by BAFTA. In 2010, she and her daughters Debbie and Sue - both board directors of Hartswood - were given the Women In Film And TV Achievement Of The Year Award for Sherlock, and last March she was given both a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, and the Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, at the Broadcasting Press Guild TV and Radio Awards.

Beryl Vertue In Conversation takes place on Tuesday 26th February at 8.40pm, when she will be interviewed by Paul Jackson, ITV's ex-director of entertainment and comedy and the current chief executive of Eyeworks, after which audience members will be able to ask her questions.

Tickets to the event go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 15th January at 11.30am.

UPDATE - 19th January: A season of related screenings has been announced, as follows:

FILTER: - UK - Special Events

Pilot Demand 'Lost BBC Yes, Prime Minister Revival'Bookmark and Share

Friday, 4 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC lost the TV revival of political sitcom Yes, Prime Minister to digital channel Gold because it demanded a pilot episode, it has been revealed.

Both Yes, Prime Minister and its antecedent, Yes, Minister, were originally BBC series, and BBC In-House Comedy has made the six new episodes, based on the stage play. However, co-writer Jonathan Lynn has told Chortle that when he and Antony Jay were looking to bring the show back to TV screens, following an approach by Gold, the duo decided to give first refusal to the BBC "as a courtesy" but the corporation told them to write a pilot first.

Lynn said that they pointed out to the BBC:
there were 38 "pilots" available on DVD, manufactured by the BBC, and a play running in the West End to capacity audiences. They said it was policy. So we said our policy was to not write a pilot for them. I thought it was absolutely extraordinary.
In response, a BBC spokesman said:
Yes, Prime Minister was last on air 25 years ago so it would not be unusual to ask for a pilot, as clearly a lot of the elements, including the cast, would be different.

[Gold parent company] UKTV was involved in the initiation and development of the project; the BBC decided not to broadcast a new series as it was felt a better use of resources to invest in new comedy, for example Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda.
Yes, Minister ran for three series of seven episodes each from 1980 to 1982, winning BAFTAS for Best Comedy Series in 1980, 1981, and 1982. An hour-long Christmas special called Party Games in 1984 paved the way for Yes, Prime Minister, which comprised two series of eight episodes each, airing between 1986 and 1988. Nigel Hawthorne won the Best Light Entertainment Performance BAFTA four times - in 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1987 - for his portrayal of Sir Humphrey Appleby.

The new series of Yes, Prime Minister - starring David Haig as the premier Jim Hacker, Henry Goodman as Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Chris Larkin as Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley - starts on Gold on Tuesday 15th January at 9pm. It co-stars Zoe Telford as political adviser Claire Sutton, and will guest-star Robbie Coltrane.

The first episode - called Crisis At The Summit - will be followed at 9.40pm by the documentary Yes, Prime Minister: Re-Elected, which will celebrate the phenomenon of the show and reveal how influential it was in its 1980s heyday.

FILTER: - BBC - Comedy - Yes Prime Minister