Wednesday, February 8, 2012


russell tovey
russelltovey: Love Attitude Mag and it's A List... X
kerry howard
THEKERRYHOWARD: gonna see @russelltovey tonight in sex with a stranger cannae wait!!!! x
russell tovey
russelltovey: @THEKERRYHOWARD eeeeeeeeeeeee

Sheridan Smith
Sheridansmith1: Costume fittings, bikram yoga then a trip to the theatre to see my friend in Absent Friends. Hope you all have a lovely Thursday xxx
Chris Jones
jonesyinc1: @Sheridansmith1 I'm not jealous, I'm not, not one bit, no siree bob, not a jot, not even a smidgen, nah, nada, neit, nope Ok, I am!
Sheridan Smith
Sheridansmith1: @jonesyinc1 haha :)
Chris Jones
jonesyinc1: @Sheridansmith1 s'true!! Add a cuppa here and there and it's my perfect day! Oh, and a semi naked oily Hunk? ;-) cx
Sheridan Smith
Sheridansmith1: @jonesyinc1 hopefully there'll be one of those at yoga ;)
Chris Jones
jonesyinc1: @Sheridansmith1 oh, sweaty yogis? Lush! If Boo Boo arrives, tweet me! That's a Yogi Bear reference for the young 'un's!
Sheridan Smith
Sheridansmith1: @jonesyinc1 really? Learn something new everyday :) I will keep my eye out for boo boo x
Chris Jones
jonesyinc1: @Sheridansmith1 yay!! Have a great day honey, cx

First Impression: Being Human season 4

So the first episode of season 4 of Being Human aired and my first impression was… really poor story-telling…

Many thought it would be a hard sell, after all Aiden Turner, who played vampire Mitchell, left the series at the end of Season 3 and Russell Tovey, who played werewolf George, made it clear that he wasn’t doing season 4 – no spoiler then to say he dies at the end of the first episode. The loss of the actors could be overcome – after all two of the main actors changed between The Pilot and Season 1 - and, quite frankly, the pilot is still probably the best incarnation of the show. 
The loss of the character dynamic might have been more difficult. The trouble is, however, rubbish storytelling and this is not a new issue. It plagued season 3 and certainly troubled Season 2. Poor shortcuts in the drama and plot problems are, I’m afraid, the order of the day. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t dead set against season 4 from the get go, as some fans seemed to be. I wanted (and still want) it to succeed, unlike the US version, which I was genuinely worried about and ended up thoroughly enjoying… we’ll come back to that. So we start off in 2037, Vampires have taken over the world it seems, humans have formed a resistance and New York has just fallen and there is a woman (Gina Bramhill) in charge… I’ll come back to Being Sci-fi at the end of this…
Modern day and werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) is working in a café. A young council estate vampire comes in and, recognising him for what he is, Tom closes the cafe after he leaves and chases after the car he was in. A bin across an alley mouth is enough to stop the car and, as the young vampire moves the obstruction, Tom lands on the roof and pulls the vampires – who look like low rent version of the twins from the matrix films – out and kills them. But what strength, to lift a man, from your position on a car roof, out of the door, into the air and stake him through the heart. Suddenly non-transformed werewolves are super-strong… evidence suggests later that it was the night before a full moon but even so… and what a rubbish pair of vampires. Anyway Tom questions the young vampire to discover where vampire leader Griffin (Alex Jennings) is, as he killed his friend Nina… yes another main character is dead.
So George is living paranoid with his unnamed baby, sat unsleeping in a room with the crib, crosses everywhere as he tries to protect her. Rewind a second, crosses everywhere… but George is Jewish, he would have put up Stars of David and we know they are just as effective with faith. Annie (Lenora Crichlow) tries to let him take the baby outside… the first sign of trouble and she’ll be pfft out of there… does she mean she’ll ‘rent-a-ghost’ away… remember that, we’ll come back to it.
Over at Stoker Exports (no comment) the vampires are massing. The young vampire is there to tell them what he has told Tom, meanwhile Griffin wants a present for the old ones (the ancient vampires), namely the baby and George. Why? Well the baby is easy, it is the first baby born to werewolves. Why George? Well first he killed Mitchell (ok first was beheading Herrick but we’ll give them that) and then he killed Wyndham… who? Wyndham, a representative of the old ones and so powerful that he didn’t need an invite to enter a home… How did George… Oh, that’s right, we don’t know how or even why. Because George killed Wyndham, Griffin has already killed Nina (and I can forgive them killing her off screen as the actress had left and she was a major character) but to have this powerful vampire killed by (frankly, rather wimpy) George off screen for no adequately explored reason, other than plot expedience, is bad storytelling pure and simple. It’s not as though, had they used a different actor for Wyndham, most viewers would have cared - he was only in the show for (literally) 5 minutes.
Also, the old ones have a plan to go inwards from the coast, killing and recruiting their way to dominance. At least one of the vampires thinks this is stupid (and, in a nice dialogue moment, the suggestion of a resistance army called up through Twitter sounded like a sly social comment on last year’s riots). It is stupid; silent recruitment (as Herrick was doing) is the order of the day, vampire cells in every major city in the world… not just England… but I digress. The vampire's counter plan is to reveal werewolves and make humans fear them – by recording a transformation on a mobile phone… give me a break… flaws in that plan are obvious as well – for a start off no one would believe the footage was real.
George and Tom go to get Griffin, an obvious trap written with dialogue which is amateurish, leaving Annie with the baby. She explained before they left that she couldn’t rent-a-ghost away holding the baby (and so clearly mustn’t have meant it earlier), so that goes wrong. George explains that the vampires who killed Nina wore helmets with visors as werewolf blood is toxic to vampires… which begs the question why no vampire that has previously attacked George, or Tom for that matter, has taken such precautions… it also brings the wisdom of the dogfights into question (basically a lot of vampires stood around a cage with fighting werewolf/werewolves). Incidentally, could someone tell me how Griffin (who wears a high ranking police uniform) does press conferences? (Vampires, of course, not being able to be filmed)
In a good Being Human moment we meet another household of ghost (Pearl played by Tamla Kari), vampire (Hal played by Damien Maloney) and Werewolf (Leo played by Louis Mahoney). Unfortunately, given Leo’s age he might not survive the next transformation and the scenes featuring these three are touching and they are what the series is best at… but wait… aren’t such triumvirate relationships an aberration, and yet now we have three… Mitchell, Annie and George; Hal, Pearl and Leo and Becoming Human’s Adam, Christa and Matt. My God they are as common as an I-don’t-know-what! Also. How come Mitchell knew nothing of Hal et al? Don’t ask, you’re just causing trouble now.
The baby (who is named Eve by a dying George) is the war-child and saviour of humanity and human (the lycanthropy of the two parents cancelled itself out!) We hear this through Vampire Recorder Regus (Mark Williams), who for some reason wants to save her as she will destroy all vampires (for a moment ask yourself why a vampire would want that). Unfortunately he is one parchment short of a full prophecy (literally). In the future the woman – who gets the missing piece of vampire prophecy on human skin parchment – has herself killed. Could she be Eve? The credits list her as woman, so the answer is probably. She dies so she can go back in time and kill the baby – does she mean Eve, or perhaps another baby? Is this just an ectoplasmic rip-off of Terminator? And how come ghosts can go back in time, and, if they can, why doesn’t Annie? By the way, have I ever mentioned how bad TV shows normally are at pulling off temporal anomaly storylines? 
You see, the storytelling was poor and it caused these questions to emerge (many during the actual watch) and the questions thus pulled me out of any suspension of disbelief with regards the show. I hope it tightens things up now we’ve got over the hump, as much was included to change the direction of the show. I really do. I will also keep watching, a sense of loyalty, to the franchise and the genre and a real desire to see the good bits that will be in the episodes, no matter how west the storytelling goes in respect of the main arc. That said, right now Being Human US: Season 2 looks like the best hope for the franchise.

stuism: Well @russelltovey has wished me happy birthday two years running... I hope he doesn't forget today... ;-)
russell tovey
russelltovey: @stuism happy b day x
stuism: @russelltovey YAY thanks! Knew I could rely on you ;-)
russell tovey
russelltovey: Chocolate Shreddies before bed... Feel like a little boy... Also got Nelly the cat staying over... She is gonna get majorly spooned! X
MatthewCainC4: Coming home to a house without Nelly is horrendous! I hope you're looking after her @russelltovey !!
russell tovey
russelltovey: Also not a plug for free Shreddies... Well... No not a plug x
Paul Smith
paulmicsmi: @russelltovey I bet you get sent a plug now either 12amp or bath !!!
russell tovey
russelltovey: @paulmicsmi hahaha x
Philippa_Perry: @MatthewCainC4 @russelltovey never heard of Nelly. Please fill us in on a few details.
MatthewCainC4: @Philippa_Perry @russelltovey She's our beautiful Russian Blue princess. Usually lives with me but staying with Russell while I move house!
MatthewCainC4: @Philippa_Perry @russelltovey Here's a photo of her still in my flat... 
MatthewCainC4: @Philippa_Perry @russelltovey I miss her so much! Am off to bed to see if I can get to sleep without her....
mrchrissullivan: @russelltovey just watched episode 1 - was in tears GB x

MatthewCainC4: @Philippa_Perry @russelltovey Just woken up without Nelly - very sad. But she'll be happy when I've moved into bigger flat. I love Baddie!!


Philippa_Perry: @MatthewCainC4 @russelltovey when is Nelly coming home?


MatthewCainC4: @Philippa_Perry @russelltovey Saturday morning - once I've settled into our new home.... Can't wait! Expecting removal men any minute...


Philippa_Perry: @MatthewCainC4 hope all goes well.

play actor: russell tovey
Bridging the gap between stage, BBC 3 werewolves/bedsitting and prime time BBC 1 dramas, Russell Tovey is one of the UK’s best young actors. About to appear at The Criterion in Stories Before Bedtime, Josh Jones hung around the stage door to get a very quick interview with him.
Do you prefer stage or screen?
As you spend a lot of time in them, do you get pants from the costume department for Him & Her or do they cut costs and make you bring in your own?
I have my own, they supply me with pairs but I prefer my own basic grey Uniqlo pieces, I feel at home in them. And so does little Russ.
Do you know how on earth Sherlock Holmes survived?
Is it something to do with a Tardis?
Can you tell us a bit about what you’re doing for Stories Before Bedtime?
I am reading a love poem with my amazing co-star from Him & Her, Sarah Solemani. We have rehearsals Thursday, I think I will find out then exactly what I have got myself in for
Do people ever come up to you in the pub and start talking at you because they think they know you, then realise that you’re off the telly?
Yes. I tell them I’m on Crimewatch.
Do you find it weird that in pretty much every interview you get the prefix of ‘openly gay’ Russell Tovey?
What’s weird about being gay?
That’s what I was thinking. Where’s the best time in this city to be had?
Every minute in this city is the bollocks!

russell tovey
russelltovey: RT @stephenfry cracking stories read aloud by  @twhiddleston, @russelltovey,  @Solemani  & Niamh Cusack Friday @CriTheatre

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