Fans of BBC Three's critically-acclaimed supernatural drama series Being Human, should get ready to say goodbye to the series, because the network has announced that the current season will be its last.
The show, which follows a group of supernatural creatures who are all trying to live normal lives, and which spawned an American remake, co-starred Lenora Crichlow, who plays ghost Annie.
Statements from executive producer Rob Pursey, and BBC Three controller Zai Bennett follow below.
Statement from Executive Producer Rob Pursey:
“Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we’ve been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It’s a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way. I’d like to take the chance to thank Toby for his incredible writing and storytelling; the other screenwriters who’ve made the series their own; the three producers who’ve nurtured the show; and the many directors who’ve helped us establish the show’s unique tone. Being Human has also opened the door to new acting talent, including some incredibly exciting younger actors, which is a legacy we all feel proud of. We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television.”
Statement from BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett:
“Being Human has been a fantastic and faithful friend to BBC Three. It’s featured some truly exceptional actors and storylines through the years and I’d like to thank Toby and the production team for their vision and passion. However, all good things come to an end and at BBC Three we’re committed to breaking new shows and new talent and who better to pass that baton on than Toby.”
Toby being Toby Whithouse, the show's creator.
According to the UK's TV Wise, since the show's debut in 2008, its audience has grown, with a most recent ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million. The series also won The Writer’s Guild Award for Best TV Drama Series in 2009, 2010 and 2012, as well as Best Drama Series at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.
So it looks like it isn't a case of the show suffering in ratings, or critical acclaim. The producers and the the network seemingly want to end on a high note, and also in order to launch new shows and break in new talent.
For those of you who need to catch up, the first three series of Being Human, which follows the day-to-day lives of a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf in England, are available on DVD and through most streaming services in both the UK and US.