TV for an Anglophile – Supernatural Edition

Luckily, BBC has given into the supernatural genre that has gotten so popular in the past few years.  So it’s the supernatural edition of my tv “anglo-files”.

Looking at the basic premise of the show, Being Human really surprised me.  The tale of a vampire, werewolf, and a ghost living together in a Bristol house turned out to be more than just a show about the monster of the week.  Yes, the vampire/werewolf thing is getting a bit much.  Believe me, I know, I’m a Buffy fan, and nothing frustrates me more than the recent vampire trend.  But this dramedy was originally meant to be a simple roommate drama about a recovering sex addict, a guy in anger management, and an agoraphobic.  The creators realized they could do more by adding the supernatural personas to the characters.

Though you have the overarching supernatural plotlines, the true essence of this show is the relationship between the main characters.  All three are just trying to fit into the world around them and supporting each other while they do it.    You get to experience their struggles with maintaining a low profile and dealing with each other, potential love interests, and nosey neighbors.  Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, and Lenora Crichlow as the main characters give life to what could have easily been clichéd characters.  And the ride they take you on is superb.  For those of you looking for a supernatural show with some heart, look no further.

And if you catch it now, you can tell everyone you knew about Aidan Turner before he blows up when The Hobbit comes out.

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