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'Being Human': Why we're excited for Series Five

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Late last week, BBC Three unveiled a trailer for its 2013 schedule, and with it came the first all-too-brief glimpses at the fifth series of Being Human - the channel's fantastic cult drama which spectacularly reinvented itself earlier this year.

When the announcement came in March that Being Human was coming back for another six episodes, we were so thrilled that we couldn't contain ourselves and wrote a little blog on precisely why BBC Three had made the right decision.

Now - with the cult drama's return growing ever closer - this week's Week in Geek is taking a look at what we can expect from series five and why we're looking forward to it quite so much...

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Damien Molony

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The fourth series of Being Human hinged on fantastic central performances - Lenora Crichlow's emotional swan-song as Annie, Michael Socha's wonderfully wide-eyed Tom - but perhaps best of all was Damien Molony - who incidentally is as modest and amiable as he is handsome... damn him.

The Irish newcomer simply blew us away with his charismatic performance as OCD-afflicted vampire Hal Yorke. We can't wait to see what new directions Hal will take in series five, and what new facets of his character Molony will get the chance to explore; though sadly we have it on good authority that Hal's flashback moustache won't be returning.

The Bromance

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The third series of Being Human was at times so pitch-dark that it made for difficult viewing, but the show rediscovered its sense of humour the following year, and one thing always guaranteed to bring a smile to our face was the relationship between stiff, awkward Hal and loveable, laddish Tom.

Again, we're excited to see how this relationship will evolve - from what we hear, there may be a few obstacles thrown in the path of our favourite TV bromance next year! Let's just hope that Being Human remembers to keep bringing the funny - Michael Socha told us that he couldn't help "cracking up" while filming scenes with co-star Molony, and that sense of fun just leaps off the screen.

A New Lineup

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But it's not all about the boys, of course. With Annie - seemingly - gone for good, the role of resident ghost next year will be filled by the flirty, vivacious Alex (Kate Bracken).

The final episodes of series four established Alex and Hal's awkward chemistry, but it'll be interesting to see what sort of relationship she develops with Tom in 2013 and how she continues to cope with the world of horror and wonder that's now opened up before her.

The Big Bad

Being Human has always been home to terrific villains - there's the iconic Herrick (Jason Watkins) of course, but also last year's terrifically creepy Cutler (Andrew Gower) and chilling Mr Snow (Mark Gatiss). This year, it's the turn of Phil Davis to make our skin crawl...

Davis - a veteran of cult shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock, as well as the likes of Whitechapel and Silk - will play the enigmatic Captain Hatch, who's hiding a dark and toxic secret. He's a "gloriously horrible" character, Being Human creator Toby Whithouse has claimed - and when Toby talks, we listen!

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It's a hard truth to face, but with The Fades axed - apparently in favour of Being Human - and Merlin on its way out, it feels a little like cult TV offerings are drying up in the UK...

Thank goodness then for Being Human - it's kept the flag flying for Brit-based fantasy and sci-fi and triumphed over adversity, defying the odds this year to produce some of the best episodes of its entire run. Long may it continue.

Are you excited for the return of Being Human? Let us know why below!

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