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Reporting for Being Human

*taps glass with spoon*

Hi peeps, I have a little announcement to make… I’m leaving Being Human.

After three series and over 275 blog posts it’s time for me to step down as the Producer of Being Human online and let someone else take over running this fantastic community. I like to think we’ve always shown the fans the utmost respect and so I wanted to do a proper blog about it here before any changes happen to the Being Human site. Not that there will be any. Well, the quality might improve, posts might go out on time and there might not be as many errors in tweets but apart from THAT there won’t be many changes at all. 

I’ve been Producing the online content and managing the Being Human community since day one and it’s been such a fantastic job.  As many people have pointed out, it’s been a dream job and I’ve been very, very lucky to do it.  In that time we’ve won awards, become the most popular blog across the whole of BBC Vision (i.e. the telly bits of the BBC), we’ve become BBC Three’s most popular website ever, we’ve amassed over 380,000 Facebook fans, 17,000 Twitter followers, we’ve been trending week after week on Twitter, we’ve produced three DVDs and we’ve also launched the brand new spin-off show Becoming Human which has been seen millions of times and is now on its way to BBC Three.
*takes a breath*
After all that it’s hard to see what other challenges I could face in the Being Human world without corking it through utter exhaustion, so it’s time to pack my handkerchief on a stick and look for new adventures. 
Being Human Homepage

I will always be a massive fan of Being Human and I can’t stress enough that these have been the best two-and-a-bit years of my life.  Being Human has been a constantly evolving project and there’s always been something new to make and broadcast, and once it’s out there a flood of hundreds and often thousands of responses come back our way.  It’s a complete buzz and as I’ve said many times before, the fan community is intelligent, funny and incredibly kind to us as the production team and to each other.  I do hope some of them will follow me in these post-Being Human days and stick with me as I make more films on YouTube and blog and tweet about the exciting new things I’m going to be doing next as I start freelancing and perhaps even setting up my own company. But more on that in due course.

My last day will be covering Becoming Human on BBC Three this Sunday and from then on I’ll be a regular fan, blogging and tweeting away like a good un.
I have many people to thank now I’ve come to the end of this brilliant chapter of my career.  Firstly Garret Keogh has been a fantastic mentor, boss and friend and we’ve made quite the formidable team.  Tim Breadin has taught me about the nuts and bolts of business and how to turn an idea on paper into a fully-fledged commission.  Phil Marriott, Geoff Evans, Rich Lyman, Jamie Morton and Anthony Collyer have been the Being Human blog shooters and editors and they are all very talented and have kept me sane on many a shoot.  Loving your work, chaps. Our production managers Cat O’Gorman and before her Vicki Duffin have both been funny, supportive, and of course mind-bogglingly organised. I admire them both greatly for possessing skills I can only dream of.
Becoming Human Blog

Toby Whithouse, Phil Trethowan, Rob Pursey, Laura Cotton, Poppy Stammers and Helen Munnicchi (plus formerly Matt Bouch) are the brilliant Touchpaper team who make Being Human. Together with the terrific writing team they start with a blank whiteboard and lots of coffee and somehow turn it into award-winning storytelling. They’ve taught me so much about how to make great drama from start to finish and I’ve taken it all on board and stored it under the ‘learn from awesome people’ section of my brain. I love to write and I’m hoping one day to show them a drama of my own.

Marc Ramsay is our Being Human commissioner and his guidance and long-term vision for the project has always pushed me to be a better, more professional, producer. Sarah ‘gets things done’ Clay is our Becoming Human commissioner and she’s the kind of driven, intelligent and passionate person who smashes through red tape to make the BBC truly great and truly loved. Yram and Annabel have helped me immensely with getting all the updates online and keeping me sane every Friday. I don’t know what they’re payed but it’s not enough. Sally Morales is wonderfully bonkers and did a great job redesigning the site, as did Andy Ashburner and the two very talented Steves. I’m still not sure which one’s which but they definitely rock.

Colin Teague, Derek, Marcus, Mike, Lloyd, Ryan, Cheryl, Laura, Mark Fleischman, Tom the Runner, Russell, Sinead, Lenora, Aidan… the Being Human and Becoming Human cast and crew are too many in number to name here, but they are a legendary travelling family.  Their kindness is surpassed only by their incredible talent for telling great stories. They’ve been very generous in letting us film them at work and in doing so have given the fans a fascinating insight into their world.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to my lady Chellington for supporting me through late nights, disrupted Christmas breaks and many long and lonely trips to Bristol and Wales. I’m sorry for spending so much time blogging and tweeting but you know it’s made me very happy. Safe to say, if life was a tin of buttons you’d be the shiniest.

Finally, I owe the fans a massive debt of gratitude for coming to the show, sticking with it and creating genuine friendships that form the bedrock of the fan community.  I hope you have been entertained by everything that’s been made so far and stay with the programme as it continues to evolve and excel.  If you’ve ever followed the blog I hope you’ve laughed, cried and (most importantly of all) done a little ‘dun-dun-durrrrr’ in your head every time I’ve written about an upcoming cliffhanger.
Thanks to you all.  It’s been a blast. 

Now onwards… to the future!

Written by barrypilling

March 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

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  1. That was the best leaving speech I’ve heard/seen in a long time. The blog asked me to ‘like’ your post. Like isn’t quite the word I’d use on this occasion. Sad, shocked but accepting that you have to do what a gifted chap like you has to do and move to pastures new. You will be massively missed by so many of’ve been generous, hilariously funny with this and the BH blog and amazingly patient with the mad (mostly female) bloggers and twitter community and we’re so grateful to you for being the person you are and for making BH so much of an event, and such fun to participate in. We all recognise you’ve worked tirelessly to produce great blogs and reckon you deserve a bit of a rest from an amazing but exhausting job. I hope they give you a bloody good send-off mate..your successor has some very big boots to fill. All the best to you and Miss Chellington; may you do superbly well in whatever you do. I don’t think that will be difficult.
    Best wishes, Anglo x


    March 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

  2. Lovely farewell, Baz! *wipes tears from beard* You’re an absolute giant among tv-blog midgets. Good luck, mate X


    March 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

  3. So sad to hear that you are leaving, but completely understandable. Wish you every luck in the world, and thanks for being so great with all us fans. Your replacement will have very big shoes to fill.


    March 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  4. Barry….the Being human fan community have been so lucky having such a talented, warm-hearted and funny guy as the editor of the Being Human Blog. The success of the online Being Human and Becoming Human world is, as you rightly say, down to many people, but its been your energy, charm, wit and passion which has kept all the fans engaged and which has brought in the thousands of fans to the Blogs, to twitter and to Facebook. I’ve enjoyed your company on each of the occasions we’ve met and I am going to miss you from the Blog so much. Of course I will keep following you in your new ventures here and on twitter, and I wish you all the very best for a very bright future ahead my darling xxxx


    March 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  5. Thank you for such a gracious BH goodbye, and massive thanks for all you’ve done. It really is appreciated.
    I love the idea of a Being Human ‘legendary travelling family’ as some of you head off to new and exciting times That kind of sounds fitting!
    Long Live The Blog King.


    March 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  6. Wow! Changes changes everywhere… Must be spring!

    No matter who steps up (and I’m sure it’ll be someone aweseome), it won’t be the same without you. Will most definitely be keeping an eye on you here and on Twitter! Anybody as sweet and talented and enthusiastic as you deserves all the best, and I fully expect it to watch it coming your way in spades.

    {{{hugs}}} Congrats on spearheading the creation of a truly amazing community, and all the best in your new adventures!


    Valerie Meachum

    March 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

  7. Barry! Do you know that I feel as sad to see you go as, well… yep, I’m gonna say it… as an Irish 6′ tall dwarf? It’s like the Being Human world has lost two of its brightest stars in a week! I’m reeling a little; feels a bit of a body blow. It’s like I was about to bite into my Lucy (in this case chocolate porridge – porridge with a funsize packet of dairy milk buttons melted into it – delicious!) and next minute I feel like my heart is wrenched out and I’m curled up on the floor. Well, ok it wasn’t quite that dramatic. I carried on with my porridge (it’s not nice cold afterall!) and I didn’t try to kill my nearest priest (actually my dad who lives around the corner and I love him, so wouldn’t harm him for the world!) but it’s been four hours of moping and grief.
    You are fantastic. The BH Blog is an absolute testament to your enthusiasm and joy and love, because it permeates through everyone on there. Thank you for all you have done, which has been such a huge contributor to the success of BH. I am really excited about what the future may hold for you and wish you all the luck in the world. You’re very brave! Keep up the twitter feed and I will be sure to follow you on your adventures.
    Huge dollops of love to you, a communal BH Blog group hug and, of course, #cupcakesforpilling for all time! Keep shining brightly star.

    Warwickshire Rose

    March 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  8. I thought I’d wait to post a comment here until I’d composed myself a little and could therefore say something remotely coherent and intelligent. But apparently I need to write something before Christmas so that idea’s gone out of the window…what can I say other than – I’m gutted. And excited :-) This’ll be such a loss to Being Human world :-( it won’t be the same without you. I can’t wait to see what you get up to next though and hopefully you won’t give us chance to miss your lovely self too much! Please tweet, blog and youtube lots!

    For once in my life I’m not gonna waffle on too much lol so bye bye Mr P and hello Barry :-D xx

    Toni Foley

    March 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

  9. Thankyou for creating such a fantastic online community of fans for BH. It has made it so much more than just a telly programme – it’s is a real community. Loved your behind the scenes interviews. Loved the FB page. Loved the blog.

    Will miss your enthusiasm..and hope that whoever takes over shows the same love for BH as you have. Good luck for the future :) xx


    March 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  10. Barry-
    You are a very talented person! I always accredited you for the online content and media drive!
    Sorry to see you leave my beloved HH and BH BCH blog
    BUT Glad to see you work the independent route!
    ps hello to the missus!


    March 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  11. You’ve done a tremendous job of the website.
    Good luck in the future, think BIG!


    March 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  12. Are you really leaving, or are you coming back as a ghost or something? Seriously, thank you for the amazing hard work you have put into the BH website and I wish you every success in you new venture xxx


    March 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  13. Hi Have only recently gone on to the BH blog. Have been very impressed with your natural ease and the way in which you have blended specifically targeted areas in interviews with such ease and natural affinity. Wish you the very very best and whilst I have not been part of the blog for long, I feel completely that you owned it! So, yes, very big shoes to fill.

    Josie Buckland

    March 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  14. Thanks for making us fans feel part of the making of the show, and for keeping us all in touch with what’s going on, especially when the show was not on TV. Best TV blog ever!

    And you made a wonderful interviewer too!

    All the best Barry!

    Stephen Collings

    March 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

  15. Awww… I know this is a bit late.. and you probably won’t notice it’s here.. but awwww! Mr P! I’ve been away from all things BH-tastic for a few months, due to personal reasons, and I come back to check up on everyone, and see what delights are in store, and I see that you’re gone! You can imagine my shock, lol. You provided us BH fanatics with your time, dedication, charisma.. and we were very lucky to have you for as long as we did! I hope you’re enjoying your time now (though you best be missing us all a tiny bit too!), and that things are going good.. I’m literally just about to catch up on what you’ve been working on while I’ve been away! Good luck Mr P.. you really were the best, and you’ll be very much missed xx


    September 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

  16. Oy! I heard that.

    I think you must be mistaking me for La Clay who is a truly shining example of bonkers.

    Sally Morales

    October 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

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