Posts Tagged ‘Russell Tovey’

Being Human Returns To BBC America In July

May 6, 2010

Being Human's Russell Tovey (George), Aidan Turner (Mitchell) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie). Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

THE highly anticipated second season of BBC America’s co-production, Being Human, premieres this July. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twenty-somethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire. 

After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of season one, the supernatural friends are hoping they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking within the very human world of which they want to be a part. Unbeknown to the trio, the mysterious Professor Jaggat (Lyndsey Marshal) and her cold-hearted colleague Kemp (Donald Sumpter) – religious zealots who have discovered the existence of vampires, werewolves and ghosts – are determined to carry out brutal experiments and destroy them. 

While Professor Jaggat and Kemp plot behind the scenes, werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact the he has Herrick’s blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret. Turning down the door of death has implications for ghost Annie, but her confidence is at a peak and she’s determined to stand up and be counted in the real world. And, with Herrick gone, Mitchell must appease an out of control vampire world – can he find a way to lead by example? 

Being Human first premiered on BBC America last July and quickly won over fans, with a sold out crowd at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. The Los Angeles Times said it, “has not only avoided any sci-fi Three’s Company comparisons, but wound up with a compelling, self-aware and funny story line. Buffy fans – come out of the Twilight and sink your teeth into this import,” while The New York Times noted that, “all three characters are highly appealing, but the charm of the show lies in the delicate balance of engrossing drama and disarming humor; the series is not campy or self-conscious, it’s witty in an offhand, understated way.” 

The Being Human: Season 1 DVD and Blu-ray is available from July 20th. It features all six episodes along with over an hour of bonus material including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, video diaries and character profiles. The entire first season is also currently available on iTunes and Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Season two of Being Human premieres Saturday, July 24th, directing following the Doctor Who season finale. 

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BBC America Acquires New Seasons of Being Human

February 15, 2010

The UK's unlikeliest of roommates - George (Russell Tovey), Mitchell (Aiden Turner) and Annie (Lenora Crichlow). Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

BBC America has announced the acquisition of two new U.S. premiere seasons of the BBC America co-production, Being Human. The show’s highly anticipated second season will premiere in late summer, with the third season following shortly.  

George, the werewolf...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Being Human premiered on the channel in July 2009 and quickly won over fans, with a sold-out crowd at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Los Angeles Times said it, “has not only avoided any Sci-Fi Three’s Company comparisons, but wound up with a compelling, self-aware and funny story line. Buffy fans – come out of the Twilight and sink your teeth into this import.” Meanwhile, The New York Times noted that, “all three characters are highly appealing, but the charm of the show lies in the delicate balance of engrossing drama and disarming humor; the series is not campy or self-conscious. It’s witty in an offhand, understated way.”  

Annie, the ghost...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twentysomethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of season one, the supernatural friends are hoping they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking within the very human world of which they want to be a part.  

And Mitchell, the vampire...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact the he has Herrick’s blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret. Meanwhile, turning down the door of death has implications for ghost Annie, but her confidence is at a peak and she’s determined to stand up and be counted in the real world. And, with Herrick gone, Mitchell must appease the vampire world, but can he find a way to lead by example?  

The entire first season of Being Human is currently available on iTunes and Xbox LIVE Marketplace.  

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 29 – 09

August 29, 2009
Our roomies, Mitchell (Aidan Turner), George (Russell Tovey) and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), face an uncertain future together in the season one finale of Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Our roommates, Mitchell (Aidan Turner), George (Russell Tovey) and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), face an uncertain future together in the season one finale of Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – Vampire Mitchell is in the hospital following an almost-fatal attack on his doorstep. He does not want his friends involved in the inevitable showdown with his lethal attackers, but Annie bravely decides that she cannot just stand by without doing anything. But George is faced with a huge dilemma. Should he try to help Mitchell or should he flee and try to start a normal life with his girlfriend? He has to choose between his friends and his lover. He knows Mitchell will need all the help he can get, but the lure of a normal human life is so strong. Episode six of season one airs  on Saturday, August 29th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 22 – 09

August 21, 2009
L-R: Mitchell (Aiden Turner), a vampire, George (Russell Tovey), a werewolf, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), all share a house along with the desire to "fit in" like everyone else in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

L-R: Mitchell (Aidan Turner), a vampire, George (Russell Tovey), a werewolf, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), all share a house along with the desire to "fit in" like everyone else in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – The end of Mitchell’s (Aidan Turner) friendship with Bernie has pushed him back towards the vampire fold. He learns that the vampires are starting a mass conversion – they will only feed from people who want to be vampires themselves. But the truth is much darker than Mitchell could have ever dreamed. Meanwhile, George (Russell Tovey) is trying to hide his identity from his now-girlfriend, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is crumbling in her attempts to avenge Owen (Greg Chillin), who still has a firm hold on her emotions.  Episode five of season one airs Saturday, August 22nd @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 08 – 09

August 7, 2009
After a tragic accident, Annie (Lenora Crichlow) continues to live - as a ghost - in the house she died in. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

After a tragic accident, Annie (Lenora Crichlow) continues to live - as a ghost - in the house she died in. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – Annie meets another ghost, Gilbert, a Smiths fan who died in the mid-1980s. He loves being a ghost, and lets Annie know she’s stuck in limbo because there is something unresolved about her death. Meanwhile, a nurse who George (Russell Tovey) works with is clearly interested in being more than friends, but he does not think, considering his situation, that he should be in a relationship. But as the full moon gets closer, and George’s animalistic tendencies take hold, he becomes more impulsive – and lusty. Episode three of season one airs Saturday, August 8th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 01 – 09

August 1, 2009
George (Russell Tovey) - Being Human's (were) wolf in the fold. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

George (Russell Tovey) - Being Human's (were) wolf in the fold. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – George is shocked when he meets another werewolf, Tully (Dean Lennox Kelly). Tully is the opposite of George – he’s perfectly content being a werewolf. He wants to teach George how to enjoy himself, but George just can’t accept what he’s become and is disgusted by Tully’s attitude. Unfortunately, Tully’s invited to stay at the house by Mitchell (Aidan Turner) – a failed attempt on his part to embrace the world and be more human. Of course, he soon becomes the housemate from hell. Episode two of season one airs Saturday, August 1st @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

George and Mitchell (Aiden Turner) have very different views about their new roommate. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

George and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) have very different views about their new roommate. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

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This Week On Being Human – 07 – 25 – 09

July 25, 2009
Once upon a time there was a werewolf, George (Russell Tovey), a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), and a vampire, Mitchell (Aiden Turner), and they all decided to live together...

Once upon a time there was a werewolf, George (Russell Tovey), a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), and a vampire, Mitchell (Aidan Turner), and they all decided to live together... Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – As Being Human begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact that she’s finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation into a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it’s not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won’t leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction, promptly tears his new abode to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heartbroken all over again when their landlord, her fiance Owen (Greg Chillin), pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying. Episode one of season one airs Saturday, July 25th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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Being Human – Three’s Company, Just A Little Brit Different

July 15, 2009
Aiden Turner (Mitchell), Russell Tovey (George) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie) star in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Aidan Turner (Mitchell), Russell Tovey (George) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie) star in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

WAY back when, it was Jack, Chrissie and Janet rooming together in Three’s Company, but these days Mitchell, George and Annie are sharing digs, and some very special confidences. Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, Being Human, a BBC America co-production, is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russel Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets.

George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret – Mitchell is a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the monster threesome deals with the challenges of their new life together, they’re united in their desire to blend with their human neighbors.

By all appearances, George is a mild-mannered and geeky guy – except for one night a month when he’s a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf. Mitchell is good-looking, laid-back and, unlike George, has an easy confidence with the ladies. But he’s also suffering withdrawal from the blood he craves. Annie is chatty, insecure and desperate for company, and now that death has separated them, she longs for her fiance, who owns the house she haunts.

With the unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other.

As the series begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact that she’s finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation in a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it’s not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won’t leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction, promptly tears his new home to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heartbroken all over again when their landlord, her fiance Owen (Greg Chillin), pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying. BEING HUMAN premieres Saturday, July 25th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST. Be sure to check back in with SciFiAndTvTalk for weekly episode updates.

BEING HUMAN UNEARTHED is a behind-the-scenes look at BBC America’s highly anticipated new Sci-Fi drama and features exclusive interviews with the cast. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner speak candidly about what it takes to play a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire. BEING HUMAN UNEARTHED premieres Sunday, July 26th @ 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

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The British Are Coming!

June 20, 2009
Guess who's coming to San Diego??? David Tennant as The Doctor in Doctor Who. Photo copyright of the BBC

Guess who's coming to San Diego??? David Tennant as The Doctor in Doctor Who. Photo copyright of the BBC

IN support of BBC America’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who specials, The Doctor himself, David Tennant, will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn on Sunday, July 26th from 10 a.m – 11 a.m. PST in Ballroom 20.

David will travel to Comic-Con fresh from the Doctor Who set, having shot his final scenes at the 10th Time Lord. He and fellow panelists will discuss the latest incarnation of television’s longest running Science Fiction series and take questions from the floor. There will also be exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.

Fans can visit the BBC America booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set, as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.

Fans of BBC America’s highest rated show ever, Torchwood, which will have just completed the five-part special Children of Earth, will get to chat first-hand with the stars and makers of the show. Just 48 hours after the last episode, the series makes a return visit to Comic-Con with a panel featuring star John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn on Sunday, July 26th from 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. PST in Room 6BCF.

As part of the Torchwood panel, catch the talent from BBC America’s most buzzed about new Science Fiction drama, Being Human. Creator and writer Toby Whithouse, plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aiden Turner, talk about the inspiration for the show and what it’s like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. All four panelists will be signing exclusively at the BBC America booth on Saturday, July 25th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. PST.

Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated The Mighty Boosh comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins. Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators/stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be onstage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh on Friday, July 24th from 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m PST in Room 6A. The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”  This panel will be preceeded by a Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m PST.

Fans can also catch exclusive BBC America screenings during the convention with back-to-back episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood. On Saturday, July 25th from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PST in Room 6A, key talent from Torchwood and Doctor Who introduce the last episode of the five-part series Torchwood: Children of Earth, and an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant.

Underground Toys (Booth #3949) will be selling its entire Doctor Who and Torchwood lines of toys and novelty items as well as once again introduce new limited-edition Comic-Con action figures that have never been seen before.

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