Being Human – is inhumanly stupid

by Lynn Connolly

Being Human is a new BBC3 ‘comedy’ about three twenty-something housemates – Annie, Mitchell and George – who are trying to live normal lives, despite the fact that Annie’s a ghost, Mitchell’s a vampire and George is a werewolf. Just your average suburban existences really…

And it should have been at least amusing, if only because it’s so ludicrous a concept, but it wasn’t. It was just stupid. The entire premise was stupid and we were thrown into the deep end of just accepting that these ‘beings’ were, and not only were, they’d found each other and now shared a flat.

Righteo… that’s likely…

Within minutes of the programme starting we discovered that Annie was finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, which made her inordinately happy, obviously, and Mitchell had sworn off drinking the blood of others; noblesse oblige and all that. George meanwhile was trying really hard to stop turning into a werewolf because well, he just didn’t like doing it.

The plot galloped along with Annie’s mortal fiancé being the trio’s landlord and Mitchell trying his best not to eat nurse Becca while George still kept trying not to be a werewolf while being the voice of reason… in a house full of freaks, it wasn’t an easy task.

This was rather like Friends, Dead Set and X Men had morphed into one completely ludicrous mutant of a show that included sex, and frankly, it should be shot with a silver bullet, garlic or whatever else will make it go away.

Yep, unwanted facial hair angers me too...

However, the high-quality special effects and astonishingly good acting – given their roles – on the parts of Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Aidan Turner as Mitchell and Russell Tovey as George were the only reasons I made it to the end of this first episode. They’re wasted on this show.

THE only laugh out loud moment was when George was attracted to a nurse and told her she smelled like a polo mint, then followed that smooth line  with the crushingly bad, “Do you have a hole?”

Exit nurse, understandably enough.

But that was it; funny stuff over.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.