The supernatural drama series was created by Toby Whithouse and follows a group of supernatural creatures all trying to live normal lives, in effect “being human”. The series is produced by Touchpaper Television, a Zodiak Media company, and has spawned a North American remake, which was recently acquired by UKTV’s Watch channel. Since its launch in 2008 Being Human has gained a loyal Sunday night audience, with a ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million. The series has 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.
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.”