Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith, Modern Family, and Ricky Gervais’s An Idiot Abroad all scored nods for the 2012 BAFTA TV awards. The most nominations went to serial killer thriller Appropriate Adult (not yet broadcast in the U.S.), which netted five noms including acting awards for its stars Dominic West, Emily Watson, and Monica Dolan (Never Let Me Go). Modernized Holmes-and-Watson mystery Sherlock followed close behind with three nominations for leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, plus Andrew Scott as the diabolical Moriarty. Smith will compete to win Best Supporting Actress, while her co-star Hugh Bonneville, though not nominated for Downton, earned a nod for the comedy program Twenty Twelve. READ FULL STORY
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We said goodbye to several characters in last night’s finale. Some we already knew had to go. Mr. Snow (Mark Gatiss) was blown to smithereens. Milo (Michael Wildman) disappeared. Cutler (Andrew Gower) melted—then got staked for good measure. The Old Ones are seemingly gone forever. But if you claim to have guessed that Annie (Lenora Crichlow) was going to murder Baby Eve along with Snow and co., and then walk through her door and off into the white light, I simply don’t believe you.
Below, exec producer Toby Whithouse chats about Lenora’s shocking exit, the addition of Kate Bracken’s Alex to the main cast, the death of Baby Eve, and that short glimpse we got of next year’s likely villain, the fixer Mr. Rook.
He’s a mean one, Mr. Snow. He’s so scary that even Hal (Damien Molony) shakes in his presence. And he’s finally arrived in Barry—with plans to takeover (and eat) the entire world. So what better man to play him than actor-writer-producer (and Being Human creator Toby Whithouse’s friend) Mark Gatiss, who besides penning Doctor Who episodes and co-creating Sherlock (in which he also plays Mycroft), spawned the BBC series A History of Horror? Below, Gatiss tell us where Being Human fits into the timeline of scary flicks, why he might be on Team Twilight, and what we need to know about Mr. Snow and Hal before tonight’s explosive finale.
Hal did a bad, bad thing. Actually, he did a lot of bad things, but killing Cutler’s wife and tricking him into drinking her blood must be in the top 10 somewhere between eating a baby and scaring the bejesus out of 17th century England. We learned a lot about Hal last night. He once preferred double-breasted suits. He had two freaky henchmen. He’s Cutler’s maker. And he should have killed Baby Eve as soon as he got to Cardiff, because according to the missing piece of the skin scroll, she doesn’t save the world from vampires by growing up, she does it by dying. Oops. Perhaps it’s a good thing that evil Mr. Snow and the Old Ones have finally arrived to kill everybody anyway.
Below, Being Human creator and exec producer Toby Whithouse talks about the big mix-up, Cutler’s backstory, Baby Eve’s future, and what it all has to do with next week’s finale.
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Fox will debut its new dating show called Take Me Out on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The show, from producers behind American Idol and The X Factor, is adapted from a U.K. original. It follows 30 women looking for the man of their dreams in front of a studio audience. (No pressure!) In four rounds, the ladies meet a slew of suitors and can choose to keep a light on, signifying their spark for the guy is still there, or turn it off when the attraction fizzles. News of the deal was first reported by EW.com.
After several rounds, the bachelor with the most women still interested in him gets to turn the tables, asking two women one make-or-break question. The winning woman immediately joins her suitor for a romantic getaway while the remaining 29 ladies stick around for another week and another chance at love. No host has been announced.
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, and why he’s determined to expose the existence of werewolves. These three reveals will have such an impact on the upcoming season 4 finale, that we connected with Cutler himself, 23-year-old Andrew Gower, to dissect last night’s ‘Puppy Love.’
We’re finally going to find out Cutler’s deal. Did the notoriously super-secretive Whithouse let you in on it from the beginning?
I was told that Cutler was a solicitor. But we even had to keep a bit of his backstory a secret from the rest of the cast. I knew that he wasn’t your conventional vampire, and that he was obsessed with bringing vampires into the 21st century. And then later on, I found out the big twist and exactly why he is as he is. It was quite a big surprise for me when I did find out. I was a bit like, “Ooh, that is nice.” READ FULL STORY
This weekend, Gillian Anderson will try her hand at playing Miss Havisham, one of English literature’s greatest nutcases, in Masterpiece Classic’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. How does her portrayal differ from those before? Anderson’s Havisham is crazy and a fox. She’s also, very, very good. Part 1 (which airs tomorrow night, check local listings for the time) is so decidedly creepy with Havisham, all the fog and mud, and with Ray Winstone as Magwitch pulling a startled young Pip into the swamp. If there was ever someone you didn’t want to suddenly grab you, number 1 is Magwitch and number 2 is Ray Winstone.
Check it out yourself below with a sample scene (which shows Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham) and a trailer for the DVD, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday. READ FULL STORY
The BBC and BBC America are conjuring up another season of Being Human for 2013. The show — which hinges on a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living together — lost two of its original leads following season 3, leaving only ghost Lenora Crichlow. But promoting frequent guest werewolf Michael Socha (This is England) to the main cast and adding unknown Damien Molony as the new vampire turned out to be less of a Hail Mary than a successful reboot. The fourth season opener on BBC3 attracted 1.2 million viewers in the U.K. — quadruple the number that watched True Blood’s British premiere, which aired the same night. “It’s always very sad when we lose characters,” creator-exec producer Toby Whithouse tells EW. “But it’s never terminal. To use our own mythology: As one door closes, another door opens.”
So what’s in store for the new season? Well, that depends on who makes it to and through the big bang of a finale — which also introduces a possible new baddie — on BBC America on Apr. 14, and even that isn’t a guarantee. “The future of Being Human is always slightly in a state of flux,” adds Whithouse. “Who knows what it holds for any of us.”
Update: In a BBC America press release sent out on Monday, Whithouse confirmed that Michael Socha and Damien Molony have already signed on for season 5.
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Time for a break from the skin scroll, the arm burn, the War Child, and that looming visit from the Old Ones. Teen vampire Adam returned to Being Human last night with his new fiftysomething girlfriend, succubus Yvonne. They were on the run from the British press, who simply couldn’t understand the love between a graying seductress and a bloodsucking child with the soul of a 47-year-old man. So, what better place for them to hide than in Barry alongside the sacred Baby Eve?
Adam, with his crude jokes and even cruder gestures, proved a welcomed comic relief from a season-long plot that hinges on the murder of an infant. Below, his real life alter ego, Craig Roberts (Submarine), tries “to keep it as normal as possible” while discussing yesterday’s show.
Every ghost can’t be a goodie. Evil people die, too. Hence, Being Human got its first wicked apparition last night: Kirby (James Lance), the ’70s era serial killer. His weapon: mind games. His victims: Annie (Lenora Crichlow), Tom (Michael Socha), and Hal (Damien Molony). His goal: murder Baby Eve. He was eventually thwarted by a raging, terrifying Annie, who made him disappear—but not before he did some serious mental damage and some very impressive disco dancing. And, most importantly, he indirectly caused Tom to get werewolf blood on Hal. Thus, burning the vampire’s arm and making him look a lot like the nemesis that the skin scroll predicts will kill Eve.
Below, Being Human creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse tells us more about Kirby — as well as Annie’s taste in men, Tom’s taste in women, and Hal’s taste for babies.
'Sherlock' sneak peek: Guess what the detective and Watson will be up to this spring -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
England’s greatest amateur detective will be back — along with Watson, Lestrade, Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson, and of course, Moriarty — in America soon enough when the second season of BBC’s hit Sherlock reboot hits PBS’s Masterpiece on May 6. But if you can’t wait that long, check out this exclusive trailer for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release on May 22.
If you want to solve an extra little puzzle while watching the clip, see if you can pick out the hints at the following conundrums, gambits, schemes, and troubled souls Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) will come across this year. READ FULL STORY
Just when you think you know a guy, he turns up in mid-19th century England with a mustache, no shirt on, and human blood running from his chin to his waistline. This week’s episode of Being Human certainly gave us a glimpse at the old, non-reformed vampire Hal (Damien Molony) and it wasn’t pretty. Oh, and we also learned that he’s an Old One—that sect of super ancient, super nasty bloodsuckers whom everyone fears. Not exactly the kind of monster you’d want taking care of a baby, especially the savior of the world. Below, Being Human creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse dissects the real Hal and the rest of “The Graveyard Shift.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: That flashback at the beginning of the episode was gruesome. Now that we know what a bad, bad vampire Hal was, he seems erratic or unpredictable.
TOBY WHITHOUSE: I wouldn’t say it makes him erratic, but it makes him seem very dangerous—that he’s somebody to whom malevolence and rage are always lurking just under the surface. And you haven’t seen anything yet. Wait until you see episode 7.
When did you decide that he was going to be an Old One?
That was part of the storylining process. We felt that Hal’s defection back to humanity would be all the more difficult if he was somebody who has been part of the supernatural world for centuries as opposed to decades.
How much should we read into Regus screaming, “Oh my God, it’s you!” when he first noticed Hal?
A lot. It’s hinting at Hal’s hinterland and background. One thing we’ve set up right from the beginning of the season is the gradual approach of the Old Ones, who will be arriving at the end. We wanted to tee Hal up for that nicely, so that you know when they arrive his relationship with them will not necessarily be straightforward.
Is it significant that Fergus said Mr. Snow was the only Old One who was not afraid of Hal?
Yes, it is.
Having the Old Ones travel to Europe on a boat is so old school Dracula movie. Was that on purpose?
Yes, because it’s classic Dracula.
Why did you choose to have Tom and Hal work in a café?
To be honest, this slightly sums up the difference between the U.K. show and the U.S. show. I don’t mean this in a pejorative sense about the U.S. show, but in the U.K. show our theme has always been that our characters want to live under the radar. So they will find anonymous jobs and live lives that are inconspicuous. A café seemed a really good setting for that.
Did you shoot in a real café that was decorated with a New York City motif or did you create it?
It’s real. It does exist and it’s there to this day. You could eat there. Knowing the fans, they’ve probably besieged the place constantly ever since.
That brings me to Michaela. She seemed like the classic Goth fan girl to me.
Not necessarily. She’s more one of those people that we’ve all met that thinks they are far more interesting than they actually are.
Tom mentioned again that he wants to build a backyard pool. Is that important?
You have to wait until episode 8. That will be paid off. It isn’t just the ramblings of my confused mind.
Okay, while we’re on that, how badly are the characters misreading the skin scroll?
Well, they are correctly interpreting the information that they’ve got, but there is one crucial piece of the scroll missing.
I’ve been comparing the vampire’s voice on the radio in post-apocalypse 2037 with every male character that comes on the show.
There are much better ways of spending your time.
So I’m not on the right track at all?
Argh. Have you had the war child plotline planned since Nina got pregnant last season?
No. Every time we sit down to storyline a new season the first question we ask is, “Okay, [what actors] have we got?” When we sat down to storyline season 4, the answer was hardly anyone. But what we did potentially have was Nina and George’s baby. And so gradually, over the course of many frustrating and barren meetings, we came up with the idea of the war child.
I was stunned that Annie would leave Tom to run off with Baby Eve. Abandoning Hal seemed fine. But abandoning Tom seemed cruel.
There is a shift in Annie this season. She is becoming aware of her power, but I also think that she’s been given this mission to protect the baby and she takes that incredibly seriously. And that will be tested many times over the rest of the season. It will prompt her to do things that would have previously been considered out of character for her.
At the end of the episode, when Tom, Annie, and Hal watch TV, why did you have them pick Antiques Roadshow?
That was to mark the change in the show. There’s this moment before that—which was writer Jamie Mathieson’s idea—where they deliberately switch over from The Real Hustle which was the trademark program for Mitchell, George, and Annie. Antiques Roadshow is also the kind of parochial show that would appeal to Tom and Hal, because being that one is a werewolf and the other is a vampire, they really venerate the mundane. I personally can’t bear the Antiques Roadshow. Even the theme music breaks me out in hives because it reminds me of long boring Sundays when I was a kid.
You know the speech Tom gave about how vampires should have huge bank balances because they’ve been alive so long? I’ve been pondering something like that: How do vampires know what they look like when they get dressed in the morning?
Blimey, that’s a good question. I’ve always said that vampires can’t be seen in your traditional silver-backed mirrors, but as any eagle-eyed viewer will be able to tell you, you will have caught glimpses of our vampires in windows and reflections on glass. So, I imagine they might occasionally be able to catch a glimpse of themselves in a shop window.
That makes sense.
But I should point out that’s more to do with that we don’t have the budget to paint box out reflections in everything—so we stick to mirrors and photographs.
Who cares, we’ve solved it now, accidentally.
There you are. Yes. Agreement. We’ve done it.
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…werewolf Nina (Sinead Keenan) — mother to fellow lycan George’s human daughter — had been beaten to death. And then, by the time the episode was over, George (Russell Tovey) had sacrificed himself to save his newborn — whom we now know is also the “war child” (i.e., the human who will wipeout vampires). READ FULL STORY
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