BEING HUMAN / UK Series 3 update, US Series and new book

Not long to wait now until the new series of Being Human arrives on BBC Three in January. We thought it was time for a little catch up. The BBC's official site has been busy posting up video messages from Annie who, at the end of the previous series, was seen to disappear through death's door and remains in limbo. It has also posted up three teaser trailers:

EastEnder's actor Lacey Turner has also joined the cast as a character called Lia who will be helping Mitchell attempt a rescue of Annie from purgatory. "It was fantastic working on Being Human, I had some great scenes with Aidan Turner, especially when his character Mitchell is facing up to some of the things he has done in the past. The cast and crew were really welcoming and I can't wait to watch how the story comes together on screen when the series airs."

In other news, a spin-off webcast called Becoming Human is being developed as part of the series' return to BBC Three. As the press release reveals:

"Becoming Human has been commissioned by BBC Drama Multiplatform in association with BBC Three. Created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human) and written by Brian Dooley (Being Human, The Smoking Room), Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and John Jackson (Being Human), Becoming Human is set in a fictional college and will follow a new group of characters over nine episodes.

Following events that unfold in the forthcoming third series of Being Human, vampire Adam (Craig Roberts; Young Dracula) is at college trying to get himself back on the straight and narrow. It's here he meets the beautiful, cool Christa (Leila Mimmack; Married, Single, Other) - who just happens to be a werewolf. They strike up a friendship with Matt (Josh Brown; Grange Hill), and the three of them become embroiled in a mystery that leads to more than they bargained for...

Becoming Human will be produced by Touchpaper Wales, part of the Zodiak Media Group. They will work with the team behind the hugely successful Being Human website and blog - blog curator Barry Pilling and cross-platform director Garret Keogh - to create an innovative and interactive experience around the episodes. Online audiences will be encouraged to interact with the story as it unfolds, with daily clues and materials posted on a new website linked to the Being Human blog."

Becoming Human will launch online on the Being Human website midway through transmission of series three of Being Human, which begins on BBC Three in January 2011.

Over in the US the Syfy channel has developed their own version of Being Human and the latest promo for the series appeared in November. You can see that with a number of shorter promotional spots below:

Described by Syfy's president, Dave Howe as a "re-imagining of the acclaimed BBC original series" and "a smart, contemporary, young and imaginative series that reflects Syfy's new brand positioning." The series will star Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), Meaghan Rath (The Assistants), Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Superman Returns) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural).

Rounding out the creative team is Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes) as director and co-executive producer, with executive producer Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth) alongside husband and wife executive producers/writers Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) and Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood). The run of 13, hour-long episodes starts on 17 January 2011.

Finally, if you need to catch up on what has gone before in the British version of the series then we recommend you treat yourself to Joanne Black's witty and thought-provoking new book Being Human: Unofficial and Unauthorised. This covers both of the previous series and is a must for all fans of the show. Available direct from the publisher Classic TV Press you can read an interview with Joanne here and an excerpt from the book here

Cathode Ray Tube will itself be back to review Series 3 and in the meantime you can indulge in the reviews of both Series One and Two in the archive.

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