BBC3’s supernatural hit Being Human is to end with the current fifth series, which will see its latest vampire, werewolf and ghost housemates in a showdown with the ultimate evil, the Devil himself.
A BBC spokesperson told RadioTimes.com “cuts to budget” were a factor in the decision to end the show, adding “BBC3’s remit is to commission new talent and new voices. Being Human has been a great success but everything has to come to an end.”
During a run of five seasons, the show cemented a loyal Sunday-night viewership and delivered huge ratings for the digital channel, averaging 1.2 million per episode and hitting heights of 1.6 million.
Fans can expect a dramatic conclusion to the series as new trio Hal the vampire, Tom the werewolf and Alex the ghost – the latter introduced only at the tail-end of season four – discover that feeble-bodied pensioner Captain Hatch, played by Phil Davis, is in fact the Devil incarnate, intent on ushering in Armageddon.
Damien Molony, who plays Hal, said: “It’s been an incredible two or three years and it’s really, really sad to see it go but I know I’ll have really, really fond memories of our amazing time [filming] down in Barry.”
Molony joined his co-stars in thanking fans for their support, saying “I’d no idea the power and following and the love the fans have for this show."
“The fans have been fantastic and I’m really proud to have been part of such an amazing show,” added Michael Socha, who plays young werewolf Tom.
Kate Bracken, aka Alex the ghost, said of her short tenure on the show: “My experience with the fans has been amazing. I couldn’t have imagined what it has been like. From day one, from the first episode, they have been there all the way and I can’t thank you enough.”
Molony hinted that the final series could see the trio finally live up to the show's title: "The though-line of the entire show, from series one to series five, has been three best mates trying to be human, trying to shake off ther supernatural afflictions – towards the end of this series it feels that is within their grasp..."
And Socha promised Being Human would go out with a bang: "I am sad that it’s ending but this [series is] gonna be absolutely banging – it's gonna be wicked!"
Being Human began on BBC3 in 2009 with an original cast of Aiden Turner as Mitchell the teetotal vampire, Russell Tovey as his best friend George the werewolf and Lenora Crichlow as resident ghost Annie.