Some very good news for all of the “Being Human” fans – not only are you getting a new show, but it’s going to expand on the current plotlines of the BBC Three drama and delve into completely new territory – not the least being interactive elements with the show’s fans.
“Becoming Human” was commissioned with the association of BBC Drama Multiplatform, created by “Being Human’s” Toby Whithouse, and written by four “Being Human” writers. It is scheduled to launch online halfway into the third series of “Being Human”, which is scheduled to start in January of 2011.
The online series will follow events that unfold on “Being Human”, with a vampire played by Craig Roberts going to college to “get himself back on the straight and narrow.” There he meets a werewolf played by Leila Mimmack and they strike up a friendship with a third character played by Josh Brown. Then the three of them become embroiled in a mystery that will provide the storyline for the series.
The really unique part of the concept is that the show’s production company, Touchpaper Wales, will work with the team behind the “Being Human” blog and website to create an interactive experience beyond watching the show online. According to the BBC, audiences will be encouraged to interact with the story as it unfolds and with daily clues and materials posted on a new website linked to the blog.
“The fans of ‘Being Human’ are incredibly active online, so we wanted to give them something they could really get their teeth into,” said BBC Multiplatform Drama Commissioner Sarah Clay. “The ‘Becoming Human online extension doesn’t just consist of nine episodes, the narrative extends beyond that with daily clues in the form of press cuttings, anonymous tips, CCTV footage, mobile phone clips…giving the online audience the chance to follow the mystery on the blog as it unfolds.”
It’s interesting to see how widely the BBC and ITV are developing their online presence and trying to draw in participation, with everything from Twitter accounts for shows that allow people to submit material to be asked or used in shows to “Doctor Who’s” online interactive games. It’s a wonderful way to get as much use as possible out of their iPlayer platforms, which are fairly unprecedented amongst TV networks.