'Being Human': Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow return as odd trio
Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner and Lenora Crichlow (from left) star in "Being Human," which returns for a second season Saturday on BBC America.
That's the grim situation confronting George (Russell Tovey) as "Being Human" returns to BBC America for a second season of eight episodes starting Saturday, July 24.
The first season of the show -- about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost (Aidan Turner, Tovey, Lenora Crichlow) who share an English flat -- ended with George, the reluctant and normally gentle werewolf, transforming into a raging beast to confront and kill Herrick, the vampire leader who was plotting to "transition" the human race involuntarily into a world of bloodsuckers. In that regard, then, George's actions were understandable, even heroic. But they left a devastating impact on the character, Tovey says.
"George is, after all, of the three of them the only one who is alive, since Mitchell (Turner) is a vampire and Annie (Crichlow) is a ghost," he explains. "He's the normal Joe, and he really just longs to be average. He wants to be ordinary, and his biggest fear in the first season was killing someone, and also, as another werewolf told him in season one, that he would end up 'using the wolf to his advantage.'
"Of course, at the end of that season, you see me kill Herrick, and George used the wolf to do it. So at the start of season two, he is just in shock and denial and emotionally all over the place. And then he finds out what's going on with (George's girlfriend) Nina, and he thinks, 'Oh, God, what have I done?' He knows he has allowed his animal side into his human consciousness, and it just affects everything. He knows now that this is a part of him, and it's something that he can't run away from."
While Annie is generally reasonably content in her newly visible (but still dead) state, Mitchell also faces the challenge of trying to stop the vampire society from spiraling out of control following the death of its leader. And the three friends face yet another threat in the form of religious extremists who, while appearing benign, have devoted themselves to carrying out brutal experiments on supernatural creatures and destroying them. That last ironic wrinkle to the story delights Toby Whithouse, the series creator and head writer of "Being Human."
"The characters spent all of series one striving to reconnect with, and yearning for, their lost humanity," he says. "It struck me that there would be a really quite pleasing irony if the threat in season two was human, was representative of the very thing that they have been yearning for. That actually came to me during season one, in the episode about the little kid (whom Mitchell befriended), and the way the community turned on the characters because they thought something inappropriate was going on. I just thought it would be great to have a story about them being pursued by humans instead of something supernatural."