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Ladies and Gentlemen (and cats and dogs and the rest), here is the latest release available to buy in shops soon… The Being Human Series 2 DVD!

Being Human is a big part of my day job. It’s a BBC Three show about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost that share a flat in Bristol. I run the online stuff for the show, editing the behind the scenes videos, writing articles and tweeting to the fans who are, without exception, brilliant. And bonkers. I love them.

This year we ran an online storyline, CenSSA: The Centre for the Study of Supernatural Activity, which I wrote and directed. We took a character from the show – Lloyd – and gave him his own YouTube channel and website where he tracked werewolves, vampires and ghosts. Gradually this research led him to Annie, George and Mitchell, the main characters in the show. Lloyd was kind of bumbling and (I hope) a bit funny and entertaining to watch. Fans could leave him messages on his YouTube profile and he would respond, so he built up a rapport with the audience.

However, when the series began, it turned out Lloyd was a major baddie… he even killed a werewolf in his first scene (Dun dun durrrr…). So from then on, anyone following his YouTube vids could witness his reactions to what he’d done, and speak to him directly, hopefully bringing the character to life. We wanted to expand him from just a man on screen into someone you could follow, argue with and tell off.

What’s exciting is that this year the blog team took over the production of the DVD extras, so we got to have a little fun with that too. There’s actually a locked area on there with some CenSSA goodies… but you’ve got to do something in particular to access it. Good luck finding it… Muhahaha!

Other blog team member Phil cut some brilliant in-depth behind-the-scenes features about the gorier aspects of the show, including behind the scenes of a guy haemorrhaging to death in a pressure chamber. Gross. There’s also behind the scenes of the moment Mitchell and Daisy, two vampires, rip a train carriage of people to pieces. We’re talking pints and pints of blood… so gory that even the lead actor, Aidan Turner, brought his camera on set.

There’s also some funny stuff on there. Mitchell fans will love the 1960s bonus feature, where Jason Watkins (Herrick) accusing Aidan Turner (Mitchell) of becoming less handsome. Something I’m sure most female fans will disagree with.

The main guy shooting our behind the scenes footage is our cameraman Geoff, or ‘Sexy Geoff’ as some of the fans call him. And quite rightly too, he’s a handsome man. He’s great at what he does, getting right into the heart of the action. However, for the first three weeks of production he wasn’t available, so I took over on shooting duty. One task was shooting on set of the cave scenes, where Mitchell has to knock another vampire’s fangs out with a brick. It was pitch black down there, with low walls carved out of solid rock… it’s one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been, and gets a feature of its own on the DVD. If you watch it, imagine me banging my head between takes. That’s basically what happened most of the day.

I’m really excited that the DVD is about to be released and can’t wait to hear what the fans think. Hopefully it should feel like an extension of the blog, as it’s us blog guys who have been in charge of putting it together. So if you buy one, I hope you enjoy it. We tried very hard to please you…

Written by barrypilling

April 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

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  1. AHHHH!! Sounds exciting, can’t wait to see it all


    April 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  2. Mr P did I mention I love you?! You’re doing the DVD extras well that was a VERY clever idea well done the beeb!! SO excited now I was actually considering not buying it after last years fiasco but now definately! Oh Mr P seriously I could kiss you…I won’t as the restraining order says I mustn’t LOL hope you’re well oh and I am love love loving your work and so excited…eeeeeeeeeee :-D

    PS. “Sexy Geoff” was that my fault? I do apologize lol


    April 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

  3. You clever sausage…glad they’ve got u doing the extras, bet you’ve provided us with lots of Mitchell to gloat over…because you’d do that for us, wouldn’t you? I hear the original soundtrack has been kept…if that’s true, was that down to you too, you lovely film-maker, you? Thanks a million if so..


    April 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  4. Loved the extras on this DVD set, I play them almost as often as the episodes – great job. The Mitchell stuff was great but also hoping for a bit of the Nina and Annie behind the scenes stuff, thats not on the DVD, to appear on the website. Have a good day!


    April 23, 2010 at 7:22 am

  5. Aw I missed the bit where you said we were brilliant and bonkers…thanks for that :-)

    Oh and just had to come and say that the extras are A-bloody-mazing and if they don’t let you do series 3 too then we will have to go and stage a protest outside BBC centre lol


    April 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  6. Hi there Barry darling…only had my DVD a week or so…loving all the special features! Hadn’t realised that you, Geoff and Phil had produced them all…they are fantastic! As an Aidan Turner fan I’m bound to love all the Mitchell/Aidan stuff on the features but I agree with moonwalker that the BH girls are not in evidence much at all…only brief snippets on the Wolf feature. Hope that you do the work on BH3 DVD and that all 4 of the main cast can be highlighted in the extras. And you wrote/produced all the CenSAA stuff?…wow…clever boy. Glad to hear that you love the BH fans and think we’re brilliant…just read another interview where the cast praise the Comic Con audience for being the ‘real and loyal fans’ ( Aidan Turner interview in SFX).. .add that to comments made by Russell in a previous interview saying virtually the same and it leaves all the REAL BH fans on this side of the pond feeling very unloved. Perhaps you could let the BBC and the cast know that if the BBC organised a similar large SC-Fi or comic convention thousands of Brits would be there as well…and we would show all the cast/producers/production team etc HUGE love..!


    April 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

  7. Am with Dorina on all she said! Thanks for the lovely extra bits on the S2 DVDs…please give our thanks to Georgeous Geoff & Phil too…much appreciated…we worship at the shrine of all that is done by you guys!

    Many thanks again.


    May 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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