Being Human – A Spectre Calls – Episode review

by Gerard McGarry

James Lance guest stars as Kirby in Being Human

It could well be that Alfie Kirby enters the Being Human history books tonight as the creepiest character ever to appear on the show. For those of you interested, he’s played tonight by James Lance channelling a fusion of Gok Wan and David Walliams with a hint of 1970’s Blue Peter presenter. And while that might seem cute and inoffensive, trust me it’s not.

Read on for our review and recap of Being Human’s A Spectre Calls…(P.S. that was a spoiler warning…)

Okay, so if we all thought that last week’s Tom, Annie and Hal showdown with Fergus had established the housemates as a new, happy family, A Spectre Calls turns all of that on its head. It’s still early days, and the appearance of Alfie Kirby is an effective reminder of that.

Now, for the intelligent people at home, Kirby’s got that ‘not to be trusted’ look about him, from his voluminous black hair to his square glasses and duck-egg blue jacket. That’s not to say that writer Tom Grieves didn’t pull off some amazing sleight of hand with his introductory scene, showing Kirby getting knocked down while retrieving a toy for a child. It went a long way toward disarming the viewer. And like a brilliant con artist, Kirby managed to convince the gang that he’d been sent by Nina from the afterlife.

Lenora Crichlow as Annie in Being Human

Once he’d got his foot in the door, Kirby wasted no time stirring bad feeling between Annie, Hal and Tom. To cut a long story short, Tom ended up storming off and getting into a drunken fight with a vampire while Hal ended up being manipulated into baring fangs in front of Annie. And with only Annie remaining, Kirby wasted no time in revealing the horrors of his past as a murderer and eventually turning Annie into vapour.

Of course, the question that was in smart viewers’ minds the whole time (that’s us, folks!) was “What’s Kirby’s agenda and who really sent him?” The answer was the ‘woman’ we all believe is the grown-up version of Eve, who’s somehow determined to go back in time and kill her infant self. If you need any more evidence of this, his knowledge of Nina and George could only have come from within the group. And if Annie raised Eve, then she’ll have told the child stories about her parents.

And another thing: the ‘woman’ seemed to be upset by the news of Annie’s death. Just putting it out there.

Both Hal and Tom return to the house though, just in time to thwart Kirby. But their presence helps to bring back Annie, who goes all psycho on his ass and dispatches Kirby – presumably for good. Another sign that Annie in a rage is a formidable thing!

Hal as prophecy?

The big plot development in the aftermath of this week’s episode is that Tom bled on Hal during their fight, his toxic werewolf blood burning Hal on his arm. I love that the series has been dropping small, subtle hints about this from the start – that discovery about the werewolf blood in the first episode was leading to this. And so Hal may well be the man with the burned arm that is prophecised to kill Eve.

Naturally this discovery comes just as Annie says she trusts him never to harm Eve. Uh-oh!

Kirby gets the best quotes

  • Kirby sums up Nina in one sentence: “Isn’t she great? So tiny, but so loud.”
  • Kirby talking about the GP he killed: “Soon as he came in I thought there’s someone who shouldn’t start any long books.”
  • Commenting on Hal’s grumpy mood: “Eek! Someone fell out the wrong side of the coffin this morning.”
  • Woman: “Annie’s really gone has she?” Kirby: “Like a fart on the breeze.”
  • Kirby definitely fits in with the decor at Honolulu Heights: “Look at this place – we’re made for each other.”
  • Refusing to play to the mystery cliche: “I don’t really want to answer that question, because it’ll get all Scooby Doo.”