Being Human: "Series 2, Episode 1" Review

Pretend ITV doesn't exist for a minute and 2009 was a surprisingly good year for British television. High on our list of favourites was BBC3's touching, frequently funny supernatural drama Being Human. Following the trials and tribulations of a Bristol-based ghost, vampire and werewolf yearning for something resembling a normal life, the show offered just the right mix of high fantasy and down-to-earth grit.

Series one saw bloodsucker Mitchell, lycanthrope George and spectral Annie struggling with their own demons (both psychological and slightly less so) as much as they did vampire cults, full moons and untimely death. Sure it was a slice of supernatural silliness, but the show gained a strong following with its sharp, witty script, deftly mixing genres, and a charming, likeable cast of characters.

Hopes were high for BBC3's bigger-budget second season then, although Sunday's opener was something of a mixed bag, with the first series' irresistible light touch and comic spark notably absent. On the flip side, this newfound darker tone hinted at a more assured narrative and we'll hopefully see last year's slightly patchy story-of-the-week format smoothed out into a more natural arc.

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