A new interview with Digital Spy about Being Human series 2, including something I hadn't heard before regarding a certain Midshipman.
While it's no surprise to us that Being Human has been a success story, few could have predicted just how far the series would go. Since ending its first run with some rather impressive ratings back in March, a second series has been commissioned, the cast have taken America by storm (thanks to a panel at Comic-Con), and, consequently, Syfy has greenlit a US version of the cult hit. Recently, we hooked up with the show's resident werewolf George - aka actor Russell Tovey - to discuss Being Human's success.
When you first started on the show, did you expect it to be so popular? "You always have high expectations for anything you do. I always believed in it so it's lovely to do a show that people really wanna see and go back and film a second series. On set, everyone feels like they're on to a good thing and that's a brilliant feeling."
Where does series two pick up? "Nina lives in the house and they're all there together. For George, he's someone who wanted to be normal and he's ended up killing someone. He sees the wolf as separate to his being and he's now in a place where he has murdered someone. The wolf is infiltrating his normal life a lot more. The thing that scares him the most about that is that he's not that scared about it!"
He's on a dark path? "Yeah - George goes a bit darker. He's starting to embrace who he is and that takes him to various places that he'd rather not go..."
We're not sure whether Nina became a werewolf at the end of series one. How quickly is that resolved? "I think you find out in the first episode! She's kind of his love interest, but lots of new characters come in and everyone has their separate journey. We all meet new people."
Where do Mitchell and Annie's stories take them this time around? "Annie starts off in harmony - all her threats have gone away. She's confident and strong and she can have interactions with other people. I think she's in a good place. I think Mitchell's confused because the threat against his life with other vampires trying to kill him has gone. He's doing really well abstaining from blood - he's got that under control - so he doesn't know where he stands in life. Nina starts in a state of shock as well. Like George, but the other way around. She's terrified of being scratched and what the repercussions of that might be and this new, dark George."
Series one built to a big climax with the vampire mythology. Is there an overriding story arc this time? "Yeah definitely. It's a bigger arc - it's human and it's going to be scarier. The success of this show is because it's domestic and so accessible in a natural way. Even though it's supernatural, you can still imagine them living down the road from you. And when the threat is human, that makes it more real and darker."
How did you find Comic-Con earlier this year? "The show hadn't even aired yet, but I think a lot of them had watched the show on YouTube. I hope we get to go back next year with series two. What an incredible trip and a mad place! They're the best fans in the world because they're committed and they're your fans for life! I said to the writer, 'You could write the worst film ever, cast it with the actors, but if one of those characters is supernatural in any way, shape or form, you'll have a following for the rest of your life!'"
Were you surprised that US fans had taken to the series so well? "No, because Americans seem to love the English. And it's so British! It's so rewarding because it got compared to True Blood in all the reviews and that's big out there."
You've been confirmed as being on the cast list for the second Doctor Who Christmas special, airing on New Year's Day. How big a role do you play? "It's the same character that I played before and he pops in."
Do you think you'll cry when Tennant's final scenes air? "Will I cry? No. I think there'll be a lot of people crying, but no - I'll be fine!"
Is there a chance for you to reprise that role again after this? "Surely. Yes. Sorry, I'm not allowed to say anything!"
What's next for you? "I'm starting a new BBC Three drama called Young, Unemployed and Lazy. It's about a young couple, Becky and Steve - I play Steve - who never leave their bedroom. It's kind of The Royle Family observational-comedy style. I think it's brilliant so I'm excited about starting that."
Being Human returns Sunday, January 10 at 9.30pm on BBC Three.