Being Human Set For Series 4

Being Human Series

Being Human, BBC Three’s award-winning and critically acclaimed drama series, written and created by Toby Whithouse, will return for a fourth series next year.

Following the gripping series three finale ? in which overnight figures show 1.1m viewers watched Mitchell fall victim to the wolf-shaped bullet ? series four will see the aftermath as the housemates return to their home in Barry Island.

The series will also introduce some new faces following the success of recent guest artists Lacey Turner, Robson Green and Michael Socha.

Produced by Touchpaper Wales, part of Zodiak Media Group, the hit drama will fulfil the bloodthirsty appetites of its ongoing committed fan base, but also demonstrate BBC Three’s commitment to original UK drama for 16-34 year olds.

Consolidated figures show series three had the biggest series launch to date, with 1.8m viewers. The series sustained an average of 1.4m viewers on television across the run and has an additional 0.4m requests per episode on iPlayer each week.

Becoming Human, Being Human’s exclusive online extension drama also made by Touchpaper Wales, has also moved from online to BBC Three for its final episode airing on Sunday 20 March at 9.00pm.

This is BBC Three’s most successful multiplatform commission, with over 1.5m views on the red button and online to date.

Becoming Human to Air on BBC 3

Good to see that Becoming Human will get transmission on BBC 3 on the 20th March 2011. The word from the BEEB is below in all its glory. This will hugely increase the audience for the BBC supernatural webseries, which is a tie in to Being Human.

Now we just need to see the BBC run Being Human (all 22 episodes) on prime time BBC 1. Lets face it if this doesn’t happen some time in the next 12 months something is seriously wrong!

Being Human‘s exclusive online extension drama Becoming Human will transmit on BBC Three, simultaneously revealing the final part of the mystery to online fans and BBC Three viewers.

A unique 50-minute special of the eight-part online series will be shown the week after the Being Human finale, on Sunday 20 March at 9pm.

Becoming Human is BBC Three’s most successful multiplatform commission with over 1.5 million views on the BBC Red Button and online to date.

Sarah Clay, BBC Multiplatform Drama Commissioner, says: “The reaction from the fans has been brilliant. We commissioned it as a treat for the online fans and they’ve totally got into the spirit of it ? analysing daily clues, coming up with theories… One of the biggest pieces of feedback we’ve had is that they can’t get enough of it and want longer episodes. So we hope they’ll be excited to hear that the whole of Becoming Human will be shown as one long episode on BBC Three. With the added twist that the final part of the puzzle showing how Matt died will be revealed on TV and online at the same time.”

Toby Whithouse, series creator says: “We were delighted when Becoming Human found such a loyal and enthusiastic audience online. The reaction was beyond our most optimistic dreams. And so for the BBC to give us this opportunity to share the show with a wider audience is fantastic news.”

Becoming Human was created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human) and written by Brian Dooley (Being Human, The Smoking Room), Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and John Jackson (Being Human).

Following events that unfold in episode two of Being Human, the character of Adam (Craig Roberts; Young Dracula), a Vampire, takes us into a fictional college where he is trying to get himself back on the straight and narrow and it’s here he meets the beautiful, cool Christa (Leila Mimmack; Married, Single, Other) ? who just happens to be a werewolf. They strike up a friendship with Matt (Josh Brown; Grange Hill), and the three of them become embroiled in a mystery that leads to more than they bargained for…

Rob Pursey and Phil Trethowan are the Executive Producers for Touchpaper Television (part of Zodiak Media Group), Toby Whithouse is creator and Executive Producer, Eleanor Moran is Executive Producer for the BBC and Hannah Thomas is producing. The online content and interactivity was produced and managed by Barry Pilling and Garret Keogh at Zodiak Active. The series was shot on location in Wales.

The series was commissioned by Sarah Clay, BBC Multiplatform Drama Commissioner.

Becoming Human will TX Sunday 20 March at 9pm on BBC Three.

Viewers can follow the mystery online at bbc.co.uk/becominghuman.

The highest performing BBC Three website, bbc.co.uk/beinghuman offers fans a regularly updated behind-the-scenes glimpse into the show.

When Alice Met Syfy

Syfy brings a 21st century twist to Lewis Carroll?s classic Alice?s Adventures In Wonderland in the new two part mini-series ALICE.

Written and directed by Nick Willing (Tin Man) and with an all-star cast including Kathy Bates (Revolutionary Road), Tim Curry (Stephen King’s IT), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval), Matt Frewer (A Town Called Eureka) and Caterina Scorsone (Crash), this groundbreaking modern re-imagining is a must-watch when it premieres in the UK on Thursday 27 January at 8pm, with the second part on Thursday 3 February.

The story follows Alice Hamilton (Scorsone)whose world is suddenly turned upside down when she finds herself on the other side of a looking glass in Wonderland, an outlandish city ruled by the devilish Queen of Hearts (Bates).

To maintain control of the land the queen uses the emotions of kidnapped humans to feed her citizens. Her strong army of evil Suits – led by the White Rabbit (Alan Gray)- has been kidnapping humans for years and holds them captive in a casino where their memories are erased and their extreme emotions are drained, bottled and consumed by the people of Wonderland.

When Alice?s love Jack Chase (Philip Winchester) is kidnapped and brought to Wonderland she embarks on a thrilling journey through the bizarre world to find him and unravel the strange going?s on. Along the way she enlists the help of some familiar characters – including Hatter (Lee Potts), White Knight (Frewer), Dodo(Curry), Doctors Dee and Dum (Eugene Lipinski) and Caterpillar (Harry Dean Stanton).

Primeval Webisodes

“?if anyone can survive out there, wherever they are, whenever they are, it?s them. They?re three of the most stubborn, resourceful, stupidly brave people I?ve ever had the good fortune to work with.? James Lester

Launching on December the 22nd to coincide with the return of the critically acclaimed, smash hit adventure series Primeval, ITV.com will be offering viewers five unique and exciting webisodes that reveal what happened between the devastating end of series 3, and the exciting start of series 4

After the disastrous mission to save Connor, Abby and Danny at the end of series 3 failed, the ARC and its team faced massive upheaval.? This series of exclusive 5 x 5 mins webisodes will uncover what really happened;?see how the ARC was resurrected by new boss Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig), and how new team members, Matt and Jess, were selected.? With a first look at the team?s new gadgets and a slick new ARC building, this is a must-see for any Primeval fan!

The webisodes will be launching on a brand new Primeval website that will bring a monstrous amount of new content to fans including a brilliant interactive quiz, in depth character profiles, a monster gallery – and also be the centre of all of Primeval’s social media activity.

Ben Freeman, Senior Editor for Soaps & Drama on ITV.com said: ?We are delighted to be working with Impossible Pictures to offer fans of the show this new strand of thrilling content that builds on the excitement in the show. ITV.com is dedicated to enriching and extending the programme experience for viewers with exclusive online content, behind-the-scenes access and Catch-up.?

Tim Haines, Creative Director of Impossible Pictures Ltd, adds ?We are delighted that ITV.com will be showing this unique content as it will not only help viewers connect the end of series three with the start of series four, but it will also give our loyal fans 15 minutes of thrilling new visual material that will whet their appetites in advance of the start of the new season of the series.?

The brand new series will be roaring back on to ITV1?s screens this January thanks to a ground-breaking deal between ITV, multichannel broadcaster, UKTV, and producers Impossible Pictures.

Returning to the action and facing an increasing menagerie of terrors from the past and future, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Andrew – Lee Potts, and Ben Mansfield will be stepping beyond the anomalies to keep the world safe from unimaginable dangers ? aided by the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier series. In addition, the new series sees the arrival of new faces and a new ARC?

Ciar?n McMenamin (Silent Witness, Jericho), Alexander Siddig (Clash of the Titans, 24, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Ruth Kearney (Gracie) join the team at the ARC after the government loses faith in Lester?s (Ben Miller) ability to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own.? The anomaly operation is now a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by charismatic scientist Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig).

Magic Talent TV Show: With Penn and Teller

ITV1 announces the prime-time commission of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. This brand new entertainment extravangza is an original and daring TV magic show ? starring the world famous magic double act ? Penn & Teller.

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, and produced by DCD-owned September Films/117 Production, this 90 minute spectacular throws down the gauntlet to every aspiring magician in the UK to perform their most mystifying trick to fool Penn & Teller.

Las Vegas legends Penn & Teller will have no prior knowledge of either the performers or the planned trick. They?ll be sitting in the audience just like everyone else, watching every move the guest magicians make. And, if any illusionist comes on and fools the professionals ? they will win a five star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller?s world famous show at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Every magician will be performing for high stakes. Whether it?s a grand stage illusion or a tiny trick of sleight of hand, whether it uses tigers or toothpicks, if they are good enough to fool Penn & Teller then they get to perform in Vegas with the iconic duo.

Penn says: ?Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone ? anyone ? who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance. That would be a dream. We SO want that to happen! Magic is always evolving with different performers constantly innovating. We believe there are performers out there who can do it so we’ve sent out this challenge. And if they can fool us we’re taking them to Vegas to perform!?

The show is commissioned by John Kaye Cooper, Controller of Entertainment, ITV. John says: ?Penn & Teller are legendary and have been performing together for over 35 years. They know trickery but can the world?s foremost experts on deception still be fooled? This exciting new format gives talented magicians the chance of a lifetime to open for headliners Penn & Teller in Las Vegas. Together with Jonathan Ross it makes terrific talk about TV and the ideal show for all the family to enjoy.?

Peter Davey, Executive Producer, DCD Media-owned September Films/117 Production, adds: ?Penn &Teller: Fool Us guarantees unmissable entertainment. It is a real pleasure to be working with the undisputed ?Governors? of the genre ? Penn & Teller ? but also their great friend Jonathan Ross. Just having those three on one stage guarantees Fool Us will be appointment to view TV.

Primeval Series 4 – 5 Announcement

ITV is proud to announce the return of the critically acclaimed, smash hit adventure series Primeval. Returning to the action and facing an increasing menagerie of terrors from the past and future are Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Andrew-Lee Potts, and Ben Mansfield. The team will be stepping beyond the anomalies to keep the world safe from unimaginable dangers ? aided by the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier series. In addition, the new series sees the arrival of new faces and a new ARC?

Ciar?n McMenamin (Silent Witness, Jericho), Alexander Siddig (Clash of the Titans, 24, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Ruth Kearney (Gracie) join the team at the ARC after the government loses faith in Lester?s (Ben Miller) ability to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own.? The anomaly operation is now a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by charismatic scientist Philip Burton (Alexander Siddig).

With Connor, Abby and Danny trapped in the past at the end of series three, the ARC has found new recruits to take their place: Matt (Ciar?n McMenamin), the new field leader, who is more than just an ex-soldier. He?s a zoologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals. A private man, Matt carefully guards the secrets of his past and the real reason he has joined the ARC team. Unconventional Jess (Ruth Kearney) now runs operations from the ARC Control Centre. She is highly efficient and organised, and her work ethic is second to none, though she is human enough to nurse an unrequited crush on Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield).

Primeval will return to UK television screens for two new series from 2011, thanks to a ground-breaking deal between ITV, multichannel broadcaster, UKTV, and producers Impossible Pictures.

The premieres of Series 4 (Primeval Series 4 DVD)? and series 5 of Primeval will be split between ITV1 and UKTV?s new entertainment pay TV channel, Watch. ITV1 will be the first to broadcast series 4 (in early 2011), while Watch will premiere series 5 later that year. ITV1 will then broadcast season 5.

Impossible Pictures has worked closely with BBC Worldwide to implement a new funding strategy for the series, in which BBC America, which has acquired previous series for broadcast in the US, joins Germany?s Pro7 as a co-production partner for the new episodes.

Tim Haines, Creative Director of Impossible Pictures Ltd, said: ?I am thrilled that ITV has agreed to this new deal which will allow Impossible Pictures to produce another 13 episodes of Primeval. The?confidence demonstrated in the?programme’s continued success here and abroad will help us bring more big screen action and a whole host of new creatures roaring back into people’s living rooms.?

Laura Mackie, Director of ITV Drama Commissioning, said: ?We?re delighted to have agreed this new deal with Impossible to return Primeval to ITV1. The innovative nature of this partnership will allow the show to maintain its high production values and deliver the fantastic programme that our viewers know and love.?

Paul Moreton, Channel Head of Watch, said: ?We are really excited to be part of this truly innovative deal that guarantees the continuation of this fantastically entertaining series.? I know Primeval is going to be a massive hit with Watch viewers and the perfect complement to other popular sci-fi dramas such as Doctor Who and Torchwood.?