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EW: Did you model him on a more traditional vampire?
Mark Gatiss: No, Toby gave me this fantastic description. He just sent me a text that said, “Would you come and play the King Vampire?” I said yes immediately. Then, he sent me the script for episode 7, which is where we arrive right at the end, and I have that wonderful line, “Well, who’s hungry?” It said in the description that I am dark as the night and older than dirt. I loved that. Also, brilliantly, Toby said, “Let’s call him Mr. Snow,” as if he’s so impossibly old he doesn’t really have a name anymore. He forgot it a thousand years ago.
EW: We’re finally going to find out Cutler’s deal. Did the notoriously super-secretive (creator/writer) Toby Whithouse let you in on it from the beginning?
Andrew Gower: I was told that Cutler was a solicitor. But we even had to keep a bit of his backstory a secret from the rest of the cast. I knew that he wasn’t your conventional vampire, and that he was obsessed with bringing vampires into the 21st century. And then later on, I found out the big twist and exactly why he is as he is. It was quite a big surprise for me when I did find out. I was a bit like, “Ooh, that is nice.”
Toby Whithouse to Serve Up Season Five of BEING HUMAN for BBC AMERICA
Announced this morning, BBC AMERICA’s hit Supernatural Saturday series BEING HUMAN has been commissioned for a Fifth Season. The current season is airing now on BBC AMERICA and S5 will premiere next year on both BBC AMERICA and BBC Three in the UK.
From today’s press release:
Toby Whithouse, creator and executive producer, is keeping plans closely under wraps but can confirm that werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) will return. He says: “Being Human lives on! The response to series 4 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.”
BBC AMERICA’s SVP of Programming, Richard De Croce, commented: “The original hit Being Human series has been a staple of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday programming block. We’re excited to present the series’ loyal fans with a fifth season and to continue working with the series’ cast and extraordinarily talented creator Toby Whithouse, who clearly is fast becoming one of the biggest names in sci-fi television.”
BEING HUMAN is produced by Touchpaper Wales, a Zodiak Media Company, for BBC Cymru Wales and BBC AMERICA.
THR: What can you tease about the first few episodes of season 4?
Whithouse: The first scene of the first episode we take the audience to a place that we’ve never ever been to before. By doing that, we are setting out the direction for the new series. In the first episode we introduce our new villains. We said at the end of series three that the old ones, the kind of vampire royalty, they were on their way and their arrival is discussed at the beginning of the episode, all the way through the series, like a storm cloud. We’re staying true to our roots and the big successes of the show is always our guest characters.
Read the full article here.
Big news is rolling out on the upcoming season of Doctor Who: shooting will commence on February 20, BBC’s Doctor Who website has announced. The first director will be Saul Metzstein (Upstairs Downstairs), with executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat joining new EP Caroline Skinner and producer Marcus Wilson on the production team.
The show will also be getting some new digs: the new series will be produced at the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, set to officially open in March.
Writers for the new season have been confirmed. Toby Whithouse — the brains behind the original UK Being Human and the well-received Who episodes “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” and “The God Complex” — will contribute once again. Meanwhile, Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall will also join this year’s writing team. He has previously written the episodes “42″ and the two parter “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.”
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