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BEING HUMAN (UK) “Daddy Ghoul” Review

Lenora Crichlow Daddy Ghoul Russell Tovey Aidan Turner Sinead Keenan

BEING HUMAN “Daddy Ghoul” Series 3 Episode 6 - It’s a family reunion for George this week, when an obituary leads him to his father’s funeral – and his father’s ghost. George Snr needs to complete his unfinished business before he can cross over and George may be just the man to help.

Meanwhile, a police officer, Nancy, visits Mitchell after Nina’s (anonymous) tipoff last week. She seems dismissive of the lead, telling Mitchell it’s probably just someone with a grudge trying to stir up trouble for him. But when Annie decides to help Nancy, she inadvertently strengthens the link between him and the Box Tunnel 20 – with a little help from Herrick.

This episode was hit and miss for me.

On the one hand, I really enjoyed learning more about George’s family. James Fleet as his father was a genius bit of casting and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. While ludicrous (Cornwall? shouldn’t George Snr be arrested for faking his death?), it was sad and funny and everything else Being Human is known for. I’m still confused as to how George didn’t know his father was alive, but I suppose we can put it down to having Annie around and being desensitized to the otherness of ghosts by now.

On the other hand, I’m intrigued by the Box Tunnel 20 investigation. Twenty people are brutally savaged – and the police dismiss the importance of anonymous tipoffs and try to stop Nancy from looking into them? Did they have CCTV on the train? The newspapers seem to think that something unnatural happened on that train carriage. It would be nice to see more of a police presence. I’m not sure how that would be achieved, but right now, to the audience, their response seems lackluster at best.

Even Nancy is an odd duck. You can tell she wants to get to the bottom of this case and this easily explains her going back to Honolulu Heights without back up, but can someone please explain to me why she’s such an idiot? Mitchell looks shifty as hell, they’re seemingly alone, and she’s popping off to the bathroom in a large, strange house? And then she can’t even put the notebook into the bottom of her bag or cover it with something to make it less obvious? Or even call someone for assistance while she’s upstairs? It was all a bit sloppy.

Annie had some cute little moments this week – the poetry recital made me laugh – but she feels extraneous at times, like there isn’t really a place for her in the episode. She sort of hovers, but never when it actually matters. If she hadn’t stopped hovering at the end of the episode, she would have seen Mitchell confront Nancy and then seen him burning the notebook. Her hovering needs work. It would also be nice if she stopped interrupting Mitchell when he’s about to bare all. This is a plot device that gets old really quickly. The only justification for her continuing to interrupt him is that she, on some deep dark level, knows that he’s behind the murders but doesn’t want to hear him say it. If not, she’s just being super annoying.

On a related note: does anyone else think Mitchell and Annie had more chemistry before they got together? The way he acts around her makes me feel uncomfortable watching it. He seems like an abuser on the edge of flipping out – which I suppose he is in some ways – and it’s just unpleasant. After dealing with Owen, Annie should really just take a step back.

So we end with George at peace with leaving his family, Mitchell on the verge of being ‘caught’ and Herrick still rattling around in the attic. What will happen next? Whatever it is it’ll be hard pressed to beat the line: “The Church of Earth. The Church of Earth, Wind and Fire.” That was gold, Being Human, gold.

What did you think of ‘Daddy Ghoul’? Let us know in the comments below!


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