Friday, 11 November 2011

Russell Tovey leaves BEING HUMAN

Friday, 11 November 2011

In an interview with The Guardian, actor Russell Tovey unexpectedly revealed that he's leaving the smash-hit BBC3 supernatural drama Being Human. His character will be written out in series 4, which is scheduled for broadcast early next year.

Russell Tovey:

"Well, I've actually left Being Human but no one [outside of the show] knows yet. Aidan [Turner]'s left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange. [With] Being Human the story can definitely go on and on. Toby [Whithouse, the creator] still runs it and they can do all sorts... add giants and robots!"
If the show does continue without Tovey as werewolf George, it's hard to imagine his onscreen girlfriend Sinead Keenan sticking around. Or will she effectively become his replacement? Whatever happens, if the show returns for a fourth series in 2013, it will likely only have one original cast member involved (Lenora Crichlow as ghost Annie).

Maybe it's best if Being Human calls it a day next year? I could just about accept the show continuing without Turner, as they've brought in a new vampire for series 4 (played by Damien Molony), but if they've lost George it just won't be the same show. The show was always very focused on those three characters and their interactions. Could it continue? Yes. Should it continue? I don't think so.

The US remake's done well on Syfy, so perhaps it's just easier if Toby Whithouse brings the original to a fitting end and just lets the remake pay for his pension. I'd like to see him dream up a different show for the BBC, so perhaps Tovey's unfortunate departure is the ideal opportunity to close one door and open another.