‘Being Human’ UK Canceled by BBC

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Cupid’s arrow isn’t the only thing piecing hearts this February. Along with the highly anticipated return of Being Human (UK) for season 5, comes the sad news that this will be the popular supernatural series’ final season.

While Being Human may be ending in the UK, series creator Toby Whithouse took time to not only thank the cast, crew and loyal fans for all their dedication to the series he calls “the little show that could,” he also promised fans an “epic, thrilling and shocking finale.

In a post on the show’s official blog, Whitehouse bluntly revealed his perspective on the matter – asserting that, despite the sad news of cancellation, Being Human probably shouldn’t have lasted this long anyway:

“Being Human really shouldn’t have happened. A preposterous idea, an epic and circuitous development process, a modest budget – no, we really shouldn’t have lasted. But Being Human was the little show that could, and that ridiculous idea managed to last 37 episodes, spawn an American version, 3 novels, an on-line spin-off and garner a shelf of awards.

I have to thank the BBC. Not because I’m obliged to, but because I literally have to. They gave us the opportunity to make Being Human and to make it in the way we wanted. [The producers] were unwavering in their support, guidance, trust, love, enthusiasm, and gave us – and me specifically – an unprecedented level of creative latitude. For that I will always be grateful. “

Being Human revolves around the perilous lives (and after lives) of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who share a house together in South Wales. Last season introduced a new vampire named Hal Yorke played by Damien Molony, who spent many years as a shut-in to battle his powerful bloodlust which he was still unable to control by the end of season 4. With the exit of original werewolf George (Russell Tovey) in the premiere episode of season 4, actor Michael Socha was promoted to a series regular as new wolfboy, Tom McNair.

being human uk cancelled2 Being Human UK Canceled by BBCTom restraining his buddy Hal to a chair to help detox his blood addiction

Season 5 will not only be the final one, but also the first that Being Human will not feature any of the original cast, with Scottish actress Kate Bracken taking the place of the dearly departed Lenora Crichlow as the series’ new ghost. This season will not only put the gang up against vampire baddies and flesh-craving zombies, but they will also face their greatest adversary yet – The Devil!


Being Human UK series 5 premiered February 3 on BBC Three and will conclude March 10. No premiere date or end date for the BBC America run of season 5 has been announced.

Source: EW

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  1. I am in America. I love Being Human U.S. While I didnt care as much for the first three seasons of the U.K. version, the last two seasons are spectacular and kept me at the edge of my seat. ( I just got the 5th and watched today). Maybe the best show on TV today. Don’t cancel it! You seamlessly made a complete cast change that was so smooth I didn’t miss the old cast. PLEASE DONT CANCEL!!!! I need another season!!!!

  2. I am from the US, but could not stand to watch that version after having fallen in love with the UK version. The casting was great, and I loved everything about it. I have been sad to see the original cast leave, but have come to appreciate those taking their places. Now maybe that it is over for good :( I will give the US version another chance, but I honestly found myself completely annoyed with the Mitch and Annie US equivalents.

    • I agree I love the UK version I watched maybe a couple of episode s of the US version but the UK version is way better!

    • I so agree! I couldnt even get thru half of the first u.s episode cuz those actors just didnt do it for me!so sad to have the u.k version end

  3. I love the original “Being Human” with the original cast. Due 2 programming I have lost touch with the series, I hate that it’s being cancelled, but I also hate that flop of a series known as the american version (sy-fy needs 2 follow suit with that abomination. Good 2 hear the show lasted this long. May U have continued success in future endeavors.

  4. US here, and I loved the first three series of the UK version, but as we lost original cast members, I fell out of love with it and didn’t like the new cast/direction. To each their own. I almost instantly fell in love with the US version, I could appreciate the differences and similarities and not get caught up in hating one over the other in a territorial spat. So my best wishes to the cast and crew of both, in their future endeavors. When gone, a lot of us will miss them.

  5. I watched the first 4 seasons with much love for the cast and story line… the 5th season, with the loss of George and Mitchel, just wasn’t the same. The new characters didn’t have the same chemistry that the original group did. I couldn’t finish the 3rd episode of the 5th season… and thus cancelling the series won’t be a loss for me.

  6. Guys dont give up because of change of characters, season 5 is amazing. Tom and Hal hated each other at first but became best mates through the series. Hal is a great character, with his OCD arranging things in particular order to keep his mind off blood. This series is a great end to a great program. This series has the devil, I guess the US version of this series is the little girl. I have watched both uk and us being human, living in the uk i had watched all the uk series and having heard of the us version we watched all the series of that to. I have to say that i respect the culture differences and i did not think at any time the i thought the us episodes were crap the uk version just has something about, it combines wit, horror and good story lines. Only the original uk version could pull off a whole new character change and still be as enjoyable to watch. I did like the us version, having seen the uk version i got it but for me, it was just to serious, there always had to be a sex scene and the back ground instrumental music seemed to go on forever! However this did not stop us watching it.

  7. I viewed all 5 seasons of the UK version via Netflix and only tonight watched the last two episodes. I’m gutted to bid this program good-bye. When Mitch was killed I thought I’d never enjoy the show again but to my total delight, the show continued to keep me happily addicted. Hat’s off to creator Toby Whithouse, you are a genius. I’ll never waste my time watching even one episode of the US version because I know in my heart that it won’t hold a candle to the UK series. Farewell my supernatural friends, it’s been a pleasure. P.S. I’m a yank, just for the record.

  8. I simply loved 1st season, –9/10 !
    2nd still very good, but characters too easily fooled by villains, 3rd season –all characters absolutely hysterical, even Mitchell became totally weak and influenced easily by emotional bond with Annie which did much damage to his character. I liked Annie in 1st season, bu simply hated her in 3rd, as well as George –being too Moral and all tried to suffocate Mich which they succeed–he was just shadow in 3rd season. Nina I disliked all the time. Hal and Tom are great but both too easily influenced by villains, specially Tom. How the hell Hal did not spot that evil granda in hotel after all this time ??!! I thought that show is finished after leave of Mitch, but to my suprise Second trinity is simply amazing and Hal even surpass Mitch that good he is ! Alex I like more than Annie, still she tries also oo much to supress Hal, like Annie did to Mitch….I noticed in all series that many badass males lost power by females influences, But the way Mitch lost his presence and power due to Annie influence was simply too much ! Hal is also influenced by Alex and she weakens him, but he still manage to retain some of his charisma.. Hal is amazing, only I wished that Mitch, George, Hal and Tom would be more badass and not so much influenced by morality. All in alln one of he best Tv series I ever wached, even like it more than The Walkin Dead ! It would be nice if UK cast with Hal, Tom and Alex (or some other ghost, would mot miss Alex)return for more seasons, haz would be awesome ! I just felt Toby didnt tried enough to prolong the series !!!

  9. I was so upset that my fiance put the UK version on instead of the US version since I was only looking at the trailers for the US version. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get into the UK version, and it was just going to be hard me to watch. However, I LOVE the UK version. I cried my eyes out the whole way through. Espeicially when mitchell had to go, then annie with baby eve. I would’ve loved to see her “heaven” with the cast. I missed the old cast for sure, however, the new cast did not disappoint. I will say when I tried watching the US version after watching the whole UK series, it just was not the same. I just did not have that same feeling. The guy that was supposed to be Mitchell for the US version was no where near sexy, and even the werewolf for george, they could’ve done better! However, the UK was amazing. Who didn’t love evil Hal singing? I wish we could’ve seen more of a love story between Hal and Alex. Annie and Mitchell were my favorite couple of all time though. George and Nina were cute too, but they covered there bases well with them. I liked how easily they flowed into one story line to the next with the character change.