TV Preview: Being Human, Series Two, Episode Five

Please note that this preview doesn’t include spoilers, but if you’d rather know nothing about the episode then come back after you’ve watched it.

“It’s the library books isn’t it?”

Another week, another flashback and another shock ending which threatens to send Being Human off in another direction from the one we were expecting 55 minutes previously. Can this series lay claim to being the most surprising on British television today? Almost certainly.

It’s London, 1969, and we’re first introduced to…ah, but that would be telling. Typical of Being Human, there’s nothing typical about its opening salvo, a pre-credits sequence which is both shocking and hilarious, as is the programme’s wont.

The past is tied indelibly to the present in Being Human, this episode entwining the two as Mitchell recalls events from one night in the Sixties.

Back in 2010, Ian Puleston-Davies’ turn as Herrick-lite, Wilson, continues to impress, though the absence of Jason Watkins is still felt even with the new band of adversaries faced by Mitchell, Annie and George.

This week Wilson wants to recruit Mitchell to carry out a little job for him, one which goes against the new vampire code that demands that no blood is shed on his watch. This may seem a ludicrous turn of events but it’s given enough conviction from Aidan Turner that there seems nothing unusual with the idea.

As glimpsed in last week’s trailer, Annie becomes a babysitter to a ghost baby, her dormant maternal instincts ignited by the appearance of a bundle of joy in her life. It’s yet another example of the writer’s playing with the format and Lenora Crichlow handles it beautifully.

Finally we have Digby himself, George’s burgeoning relationship with single mum Sam given momentum by his feelings of loss from the departure of Nina. Russell Tovey is back to the “old” George this week, the one we thought had vanished as series two started down its dark path. Welcome back.

Oh, and The Real Hustle gets another namecheck.

But those are just the “A” plots. Dig a little deeper and there are a number of other story’s  on the fringes, all weaving in and out of the characters’ lives and adding layers that suddenly become prominent when least expected.

It’s clear that the work of Professor Jaggat and her team will pose major problems as the series draws to a close in a few weeks, while vampire couple Ivan and Daisy still haven’t risen to quite the prominence we expected.

Still, the end is three weeks away and there’s much, much more to come before then, something British TV is all the better for.

Being Human is on BBC Three on Sunday 7 February at 9pm. Catch up on episodes one to four on BBC iPlayer.

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