Being Human: The Trinity - Pictures And ClipBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC released pictures today from the forthcoming first episode of the new series of Being Human.

The Trinity, written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Philip John, will start the six-episode fifth series on Sunday 3rd February at 10pm on BBC Three.

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.

Watch a clip from it below, in which vampire Hal (Damien Molony) meets Lady Catherine (Victoria Ross), leader of the werewolves:

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Being Human Series 5 Introduction And TrailerBookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
More details about the fifth series of Being Human have been released ahead of its start on BBC Three next Sunday.

Show creator and lead writer Toby Whithouse has penned an introduction, character biographies have been given, and the writers of all six episodes have been named.

Whithouse, who will also appear in the new series, said:
Whenever we sit down to storyline a new season of Being Human we try to find a single headline – unofficial and usually never stated – that encapsulates the series arc. It's more of an aide memoire for us, something that articulates our ambition and intention.

Series One told the story of Mitchell, George, and Annie settling into their new home and the beginning of their (ultimately futile) attempt to ape humanity and live a normal mundane life. In my mind it was titled "There Goes The Neighbourhood".

In Series Two, our heroes were being hunted and manipulated by a shadowy group of religious zealots who had perverted the word of God to suit their own agendas, believing the eradication of supernatural creatures was a divine mission. I called it "God Loves, Man Kills".

Series Three dealt with the aftermath of the massacre Mitchell committed in Box Tunnel the previous year and his ultimate destruction at the hands of "The Wolf-Shaped Bullet", and Series Four detailed the vampire myth of "The War Child" – George and Nina's orphaned baby – and her part in destroying the vampire aristocracy.

When we started work on Series Five we gave it the title "The Greater Good".

Every year we try and up the ante. Blowing Mark Gatiss and a baby up at the end of Series Four was good, but we could do better. We wanted to tell a story that was even greater, even more labyrinthine and epic than anything we've done before. Slowly, a story about sacrifice and misplaced courage started to take shape. Our heroes would be driven to compromise their own fragile humanity to safeguard the rest of the world, and less-scrupulous characters would endanger the lives of others in pursuit of their own agendas.

Then, as other elements started to develop, we toyed with "He Will Rise" as our headline title. The merits of our main cast(s) have been well-documented, but we have also been lucky enough to have some of the finest actors the industry has to offer playing our Big Bads - Jason Watkins, Lyndsey Marshal, Donald Sumpter, Andrew Gower, Mark Gatiss - and this year we've been blessed to have Phil Davis join us, as the repulsive and cruel Captain Hatch, arguably our biggest villain ever. It's a performance of such delicious evil you'll be left with your jaw on your chest and your breakfast on your lap. He's joined by Steven Robertson as the mysterious Mr Rook, the sinister Man in Grey we met at the end of Series Four, and Colin Hoult as the deluded and volatile Crumb. A newly-recruited vampire, he describes himself as "the world's worst nightmare: the victim that suddenly gets super-powers".

But in the end we settled on "The Trinity", because this was the first entire series with our new cast. Thanks to the brilliance, enthusiasm, and sheer elemental talent of Damien Molony, Kate Bracken, and Michael Socha, it was their skill and passion that would stop me rocking and dribbling and draw me out from under my desk to actually write the scripts.

And so this series title belongs to them. The new heroes of Being Human. The new trinity.

Character biographies:

Tom - played by Michael Socha:
Werewolf Tom spent his life on a mission: to kill vampires. He moved into Honolulu Heights after his beloved father-figure McNair was killed. Putting his nomadic lifestyle behind him and trying his best to quash his vampire-killing instincts, Tom soon became an emotional rock for his housemates. Learning to live a normal life has its challenges, but Tom's charming innocence and noble loyalty stand him in good stead. In Series Five, his ambition to be successful brings its own trials. Can he overcome them and beat the beast inside?

Hal - played by Damien Molony:
Hal has been a vampire for more than 500 years and the temptation for blood and carnage still rule his every waking thought. He came to live with fellow supernaturals Annie and Tom after his best friends crossed over to the afterlife. Though his standoffish nature and OCD tendencies didn't initially warm him to Tom, their affection for each other grew until they became confirmed buddies. Hal's addiction to blood proved too strong and he was – tangentially – responsible for Alex's death, marooning her in the afterlife as a ghost. At the end of Series Four, Tom and Alex strapped Hal to a chair in order to go through cold turkey… but will it prove wise to release him?

Alex - played by Kate Bracken:
When we first met Alex in Series Four she was full of life. She didn't stay that way for long. Fun and flirtation with Hal soon turned sour when she was killed by vampire Cutler in retribution for Hal killing his wife 50 years ago. Hal then did the one thing he'll never hear the end of from Alex: he drank her blood. Marooned in the afterlife, Alex knows she's lucky to have two mates in Hal and Tom to face it with - she'd just never tell them that. Having died so young, she's certainly got plenty of unfinished business to attend to.

Captain Hatch - played by Phil Davis:
Captain Hatch has seen it all. At least he reckons he has. And whatever it is, he doesn't much like it. Stuck in a failing body, in a wheelchair, in a dismal seaside hotel, things aren't exactly sunny side up. Hatch embodies the worst in humanity – he's bitter, manipulative, obsequious, and cruel. Quite the catch. But those aren't even the worst things about the aged army captain. Beneath his decrepit exterior there lies within him a dark and toxic secret that could rattle your soul with fear.

The writers for Series 5 are as follows:
  • Episode One - Toby Whithouse
  • Episode Two - Daragh Carville
  • Episode Three - Jamie Mathieson
  • Episode Four – John Jackson
  • Episode Five – Sarah Dollard
  • Episode Six - Toby Whithouse

Episode one, entitled The Trinity, airs on Sunday 3rd February at 10pm. Directed by Philip John, it will also feature Claire Cage as Patsy, Whithouse as Alistair Frith, Victoria Ross as Lady Catherine, Wayne Cater as Martin, Jeremy Swift as Emil, Non Haf as Sophie, and Madeleine Harris as Hetty.

A series trailer can be seen below, and pictures from the new series will be released by the BBC this coming Tuesday.

Being Human is made by Touchpaper Television, part of the Zodiak Media group, for BBC Cymru Wales. The fifth series will be produced by Polly Buckle, while the executive producers are Toby Whithouse, Rob Pursey, and Philip Trethowan for Touchpaper Television, and George Ormond for BBC Cymru Wales.

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Early Release For Blake's 7 Reunion AdventureBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
An audio drama that reunites the original surviving Blake's 7 TV cast members has been released by Big Finish - a month ahead of schedule.

Set during the Galactic War, Warship - written by Peter Anghelides and directed by Ken Bentley - is a two-disc special, with the adventure on one disc and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the other.

It brings together Gareth Thomas as Roj Blake, Paul Darrow as Kerr Avon, Michael Keating as Vila Restal, Jan Chappell as Cally, Sally Knyvette as Jenna Stannis, and Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan, with Alistair Lock as Zen and Orac.

Peter Tuddenham, who originally provided the voices of Zen and Orac, died in 2007 and David Jackson, who played crew member Gan in the first two seasons of the TV show, died in 2005.

An alien fleet stands poised to invade Federation space. The only vessel available to hold it back is the Liberator, commanded by Roj Blake and his crew.

As an intergalactic war breaks out, old enemies become allies, friends will become separated, and Blake will be forced to leave behind all that matters to him . . .

It can be bought as a CD and download. The tie-in novelisation, expanding on the story's events and developments, will be published next month as planned as an e-book.

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Death In Paradise: Jamelia PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC has released pictures showing R&B star Jamelia's forthcoming appearance in the crime drama/comedy Death In Paradise.

The episode - the fifth in the eight-part second series - is scheduled to air on BBC One on Tuesday 5th February at 9pm, with Jamelia playing the part of Aimee, a singer on a party boat. The episode also guest-stars Jonny Phillips as Stephen, Amanda Mealing as Eloise, Dexter Fletcher as Grant, and Dylan Edwards as RJ. Ben Miller stars as Det Insp Richard Poole, with Sara Martin as Det Sgt Camille Bordey.

Camille is devastated when her best friend Aimee, a singer on a Caribbean party boat, collapses while on stage during a night of music and cocktails. Struggling to breathe, Aimee shockingly dies in Camille's arms. It seems she has been poisoned.

As the rest of the team arrive on the scene, they start talking to staff and tourists on the boat, including entertainment boss Stephen, cook Grant, and fellow performer Eloise. They quickly gather a fuller picture of the crime scene, piecing together photographs taken at the party.

As the murder case continues, the team struggle to find the source of the poison, but when they stumble across the "gargling bottles" that the singers use before performances, it seems they have found a lead. Meanwhile, Richard is trying his best to support an emotional Camille. However, sensitivity doesn't seem to be his strong point . . .

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Being Human Series 5 Start Date ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC has now confirmed when Series 5 of Being Human will start.

After initially putting it as an unscheduled programme in the week beginning Saturday 2nd February then changing its mind, it has done a U-turn, announcing today that the first episode of the new series of the comedy-drama will air on BBC Three on Sunday 3rd February.

The episode will be broadcast at 10pm. This series will consist of six episodes - the first time the show has been that short since its first series. Series 2 to 4 have each been eight episodes long.

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Cast Announced For New Jonathan Creek EpisodeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The cast for the forthcoming new episode of Jonathan Creek was revealed by the BBC today.

Starring alongside Alan Davies as Creek and Sheridan Smith as fellow investigator Joey Ross, pictured, in the 90-minute special The Clue of the Savant's Thumb will be Rik Mayall, returning as Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke, Sarah Alexander, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Planer, and Hasina Haque.

The episode, written and directed by David Renwick, sees Creek and Ross drawn into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of three witnesses.

Filming is currently under way, with the action being shot in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, and Hertfordshire. The episode is due to air on BBC One this Easter.

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