Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is calling for Mitchell (Aidan Turner), George (Russell Tovey) & Nina (Sinead Keenan)...

Heading for the rocks…

The production crew behind the new season three of the UK Being Human series which airs in about a month's time have been running snippets of video showing Annie waiting in purgatory. She was cast there at the end of season two. Characters, George, Nina and Mitchell finished the season glued to a flickering TV set which was showing fuzzy and blurry images of Annie in distress.

To warm up the followers for the upcoming season the snippets/vignettes are being released almost daily as an inducement to come back for the start of the new season. The idea is to slowly warm up the audience which is unlike previous years where they have had a live preview showing.

I am not sure how other RT blog readers have reacted to the vignettes but to me they are becoming a tad repetitive as very little changes and we have had no major revelations to make you want to come back to YouTube for more.

In the world today an educational theorist will tell you an audience comes back to watch a show because they are going to learn something new about a character, or learn something from a show they can use or incorporate in their lives while being entertained. The previous series of Being Human had cast and crew video diaries and allowed the viewers to learn something new about their idols...this year's change of format is NOT that engaging and we have not yet learnt anything new.

I don't want to sound ungrateful but the long term faithful who have been tweeting on Twitter seem to have come to a similar conclusion. A small gang of them are wanting to send written protests to BBC3 about the lack of blog updates, live viewings etc. Having made heaps of money from selling the rights of this show to the USA SYFY channel, fans hoped there would be more money spent on making something more whiz bang than we currently have.

Having just left the UK in the grip of poor economic conditions, poor weather, snow and sub-zero temperatures it's a shame to see long term fans actually suggesting the current situation is making them "officially depressed." Since, returning to Oz where we are having the complete opposite in economic growth and weather...Well guess what, instead of depression I can list myself as feeling massively disappointed.

The promise of the new show called Becoming Human made by the same team, certainly doesn't inspire me to want to come back to see younger versions of the Being Human cast replicate the same or similar series but for a younger demographic. Where is the "learning" in that?

Barry Pilling was, in the last few months, releasing video diaries by the cast and things seemed fine like in previous years, but releases became infrequent and then we've come to the point we have reached now. It's not Barry's fault by any means and he is working very hard to inspire the followers to come back but someone at BBC3 is steering the ship in a very obtuse direction. BBC3's flagship show seems to be heading for the rocks at the moment...let's hope the course changes soon!

Nothing but the tweets...

barrypilling: @Tom_In_Oz_ Hi Tom, just read ur blog post. There are still Annie revelations to come and BecH is something totally new so stick with it!

Tom_In_Oz_: @barrypilling Bazz I love ya. You know I do.

barrypilling: @Tom_In_Oz_ The Annie Broadcasts were written by Toby and were his way of telling a missing part of her story

Tom_In_Oz_: @barrypilling I want the UK show to out-gun the USA version. Blog posts reflect concern from a variety of quarters. Regards to Towbster. Bring back the fun.

barrypilling: No worries mate, I know you love the show and want it to be a big success and so do I. It will all turn out fine... fun will return soon!

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angloirishgal: @joooos1 Oooh please let me know what Annie's clues are if u can! We're just over the Worcestershire border, been on the road nearly 3hrs!

Dorina335: @angloirishgal sorry ur journey turning into a nightmare. ...Annie not giving any more clues..( she's actually becoming a tad repetitive)

Tom_In_Oz_: @Dorina335 A tad? You can say that again LOL

Dorina335: @Tom_In_Oz_ trying to be sensitive...ok..and failing! How r u darling?

Dorina335: barrypilling @bbc3tv Probably no Being Human 3 preview? I'm officially depressed @Sineadkeenan @russelltovey

Tom_In_Oz_: @Dorina335 @Sineadkeenan @russelltovey @barrypilling Don't be depressed go see Russell's cat snaps

Dorina335: @Tom_In_Oz_ No matter how cute, cats cannot possibly make up for the lack of a BH3 preview! @russelltovey

Dorina335: @KnaveoG it's @bbc3tv we need to send begging notes to re Being Human 3 previews

KnaveoG: @Dorina335 And do you have a link where to send the pleading letters so they get to @bbc3tv it would help a lot.

Ishbel_Haf: @Dorina335 Unless we fans do a meet up somewhere and discuss all things BH over hot chocolate and delicious pastries?

Dorina335: @Ishbel_Haf nice idea but a long journey for everyone without a chance to meet Lord Toby @barrypiling and our BH stars!

Tom_In_Oz_: You'd think when BBC3 sold the rights to USA SYFY there'd be heaps of money to splash out on things for BH UK season three..*sadly not*

b3n_ifit: @Tom_In_Oz_ the American BH is going to be a fail I just know it

Dorina335: @Tom_In_Oz_ good point...did u see the 3 min trailer of USA BH?'s been put up by @sfxmagazine..doesn't grab me

KnaveoG: @Dorina335 @Tom_In_Oz_ I only kept looking for details about it as there were none on BHUK but now also their Nina in clips no bite to her.

Tom_In_Oz_: @KnaveoG @b3n_ifit @Dorina335 The USA trailer is CRAP and they know it! Not one positive thing said yet!

Tom_In_Oz_: Dear @BarryPilling The bits of Annie when spliced together R inane...hope this is never intended for the actual broadcast..what a put off!

Tom_In_Oz_: @b3n_ifit good tweet - fail - just know it - ME TOO agree

b3n_ifit: @Tom_In_Oz_ haha BH cannot be remade it’s just .......a once in a lifetime show

Tom_In_Oz_: @BarryPilling after a week of the same thing about Annie in 30 second grabs all I can say is "weak"

Theladyreed: @Tom_In_Oz_ are you watching the same broadcasts Tom????

Tom_In_Oz_: @Theladyreed Yep seeing the Annie stuff is just what we expected..nothing new to what we already know...was expecting revelations...

b3n_ifit: @Tom_In_Oz_ @KnaveoG @Dorina335 imp protesting the remake or re-imagining :D

Tom_In_Oz_: @b3n_ifit Agree. The reason the original worked is cast. The Americans just don't do it for me.

b3n_ifit: @Tom_In_Oz_ yeah they don’t do it for me either AND IM AMERICAN ! lol

Tom_In_Oz_: @KnaveoG Thanks for USA vid links. Still leaves me cold. Gloss no substance. Why not just incorporate the Ghostbusters too..schlocky stuff!

KnaveoG: @Tom_In_Oz_ well they are making them more supernatural floating ghost blood only vampire werewolf? will find out later much later.

Theladyreed: @Tom_In_Oz_ the show is for the revelations. The teasers are supposed to tease, aren't they?

joooos1: @Theladyreed I agree, of course, the teasers r only supposed to tease. If u don't like them @Tom_In_Oz_ then don't bother watching any more

Tom_In_Oz_: @joooos1 OK here is my challenge I'll miss the next 4 Annie vids and if I can't tell what's happening I'll eat my plasma screen OK lol

joooos1: @Tom_In_Oz_ OK! Don't think there are 4 more Annie vids left...also they're not meant to be necessary for the plot...just teasers & fun

Tom_In_Oz_: @joooos1 I know that! Are we having fun yet? lol

Theladyreed: @Tom_In_Oz_ Haha! Tom, you are a nutter! I enjoy your blog and tweets but think you are MASSIVELY mistaken about people being sick of blog.

Theladyreed: @Tom_In_Oz_ a handful of die hard Mitchell fans are probably upset that he is not the focus, but others are loving it for what it is. X

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