Being Human Series Five Confirmed

Supernatural drama Being Human will return for six more episodes in 2013.

The announcement came after the fourth series ended with a tearful farewell for the show’s sole remaining original character, Annie the ghost, played by Lenora Crichlow.

“Being Human lives on!” said series creator Toby Whithouse. “The response to series four has been terrific. We’re thrilled that the audience have taken the new cast into their hearts with such enthusiasm and affection.”

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to expand the world further and explore new characters and tell new stories. A heartfelt thank you to all the fans for their unstinting support, and to the BBC for letting us mess up the sandpit for a fifth year.”

Details of the new season are thin on the ground, but it has been confirmed that vampire Hal (Damien Molony) and werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) will return. The reduction from eight episodes this time out back down to six (as in the first two series) is thought to be connected with tightening budgets over at BBC3.

The channel’s Controller Zai Bennett was delighted with the last series though: “In Being Human, Toby has created an extraordinary, funny, touching, supernatural world and I’m thrilled to be bringing it back for a fifth series.”

Yet it has been confirmed that Annie will not be returning and Whithouse explained that it seemed like the right time to retire the character. “Sometimes, you have to just respect that a story and a character has come to a natural end. Lenora completely understood that and completely agreed with it.”

The actress agreed: “I don’t know if there’s much more for her to do, if I’m honest. [But] I really will miss playing Annie – she’s such a fantastic character to play.”