|Genre||Supernatural drama, horror, drama|
|Created by||Toby Whithouse|
|Written by||Brian Dooley, Jamie Mathieson, John Jackson|
|Directed by||Alex Kalymnios|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
Tim Palmer (pilot)|
Nic Morris (series)
|Running time||50 mins (Full 8 episodes together)|
|Production company(s)||Sullivan Entertainment|
|Original network||BBC iPlayer|
|Picture format||1080i 16:9 (HDTV)|
|Original release||26 January– 20 March 2011|
Becoming Human is a British supernatural drama webisode series and a spin-off from the TV series Being Human. Created by Toby Whithouse, it was directed by Alex Kalymnios, written by Brian Dooley, Jamie Mathieson and John Jackson, and stars Craig Roberts as the teenage vampire Adam (previously seen on Being Human), Leila Mimmack as the werewolf Christa and Josh Brown as the ghost Matt. A composition of the eight episodes (including the finale) was aired on BBC Three at 9:00pm on 20 March 2011.
Becoming Human continues the adventures of Adam, a 46-year-old vampire in the body of a 16-year-old teenager. Adam had been protected by his parents up until they died of old age, following which he had come under the protection and encouragement of Mitchell, Annie, George, and Nina. As Becoming Human begins, Adam has moved elsewhere and is trying to live a normal life as a "human".
On his first day at the school, Adam manages to embarrass and ostracise himself. However, he meets another pupil, Christa, who is hiding the fact that she is a werewolf. Christa has also been being followed by a fat, melancholic teenage boy whom she believes is a stalker but whom no-one else can see or hear. Adam realizes that he is a ghost. The ghost introduces himself as Matt and turns out to be a missing student from the school.
Adam quickly realizes that because Matt has been murdered at the school toilets, and the three of them set about trying to solve the murder. The task is made more difficult by the fact that Matt's own memories of the event are unclear. Among the suspects Adam and his friends investigate are the school bully Danny Curtis, Brandy Mulligan and Mr. Swan.
A sub-plot of the show deals with the uneasy relationship between the trio, which has elements of a rivalry, friendship and love triangle. It is revealed that Matt had a three-year-long unrequited crush on Christa which ultimately led to him being in the boys' toilets he died in, scribbling "an anonymous declaration of love" on the cubicle wall with a key when the murderer attacked him. It's suggested that Adam and Christa also might have feelings for each other, although both deny it.
Adam frequently makes crude passes at Christa and takes opportunities to kiss her or be seen doing so (for instance, when spying on the gym teacher, Mr. Swan, they are hiding within gym equipment - they cover up their spying by making out). It's unclear whether this is human or vampire-influenced behaviour. Christa, however, outspokenly rejects and dismisses him. In spite of this, Matt is subject to occasional outbursts of jealousy. Adam, meanwhile, is also trying to deal with his vampire urges and is frequently tempted to "punish" the murderer (once they are discovered) by feeding from them, with Christa acting as moral restraint and Matt struggling with his own desires for revenge.
Following several false leads, a major breakthrough is made when Mr. Roe lets slip to the trio that Mr. Swan has ordered him to clean the same boys' toilets that Matt was drowned in. They eventually discover that the CCTV cameras between the toilets and the gym are missing, further implicating Mr Swan in the murder. They begin to suspect that Matt's body is hidden in the gym, because Christa can smell it the day before the full moon. They investigate the gym the night of the full moon - when a werewolf's senses are at their peak - only for Christa to start changing. Matt and Adam discover that they are trapped - someone locked the doors. Matt and Adam lure the transforming Christa into the gym's supply cupboard and barricade the door. In the morning, she is released and they wonder where Matt's body could've been. They initially fear that Christa may have eaten it during her time as a werewolf; but Matt succeeds in finally locating his body-still in the cupboard hidden among cleaning tools.
Mr. Swan finds them and they question him, accusing him of the murder. He tells them that Mr. Roe had keys to the gym and access to the security cameras, and the trio realise that Roe was listening to their conversations the entire time during detention (while pretending to be listening to music on headphones) and had already fed them a false lead regarding Brandy Mulligan. At this point, Roe appears and knocks out Swan with a baseball bat. Matt uses a chalkboard to ask Roe why he committed the murder, and Adam grabs him by the throat as Roe tells them that he was tired of being pushed around by people, so he "pushed back". Someone had apparently keyed Roe's car, and he'd seen Matt running away from the scene (Matt was innocent, though - he was running from the girl's locker room, where'd he'd been caught peeping). Roe then followed Matt into the toilets and saw Matt carving a symbol of his love for Christa. Roe assumed that Matt was writing yet another insult towards him, so he drowned Matt in a fury.
A furious Adam almost gives in to the urge to bite Roe, but is stopped by Matt. After this, a supernatural "door of death" (the same type that feature in Being Human) materializes for Matt to "move on" through. Matt is reluctant to do so, as he has come to enjoy the company of Adam and Christa - being happier than he'd ever been in his lifetime - and the excitement of the investigation. Roe attacks them in an attempt to get rid of the evidence, but the group wrestles him to Matt's door and Adam throws him through and shuts the door, which vanishes. Matt takes this as evidence that he can stay.
Having now come to terms with his death, Matt gives Adam and Christa his blessing to form a romantic relationship (although they continue to deny their willingness to have one). The episode ends with Adam suggesting that "the other side" may become complicated by having a living person take the place of a dead one, and claiming that "they" may send Roe back (setting up a possible plot-strand for a follow-up series).
The writers of the series were Brian Dooley, Jamie Mathieson and John Jackson. The director was Alex Kalymnios. Becoming Human was produced by the Zodiak Media group Touchpaper Wales. Altogether 1,5 Million viewers saw Becoming Human online. At 20 March 2011 all episodes were cut to a 50-minutes special and were broadcast on BBC Three. Various scenes of the series were filmed at the Barry Comprehensive School. After Becoming Human has ended, Craig Roberts (Adam) appeared in the episode 4x05 Hold The Front Page of Being Human. Furthermore, two blog messages were posted in 2013 on the official Website of Being Human, which describe the fate of the characters Christa and Adam after Becoming Human.
In addition to eight episodes there are also clues consisting of mobile phone videos, suspect profiles, pictures and other side notes released each week between the episodes on the Becoming Human blog, enabling the viewers to investigate Matt's murder in more depth. Among the clues include appeals and missing posters made by Matt's parents, voice messages and videos made by Adam and Christa, and Christa's journal entries. Also, after the online release of the eighth episode, the BBC released an online clip, showing Mr. Roe, communicating to our world through a TV from purgatory, as Annie did at the end of Being Human series 2. During this clip, he was seen to be extremely angry having been thrown over, and promises to return and take revenge on the trio. This has left a possible opening for a second series, although as the last series of Being Human was aired in early 2013 chances of a second series are highly improbable.
- Craig Roberts as Adam Jacobs
- Leila Mimmack as Christa Stammers
- Josh Brown as Matt Bolton
- Josh Cole as Mr. Roe
- Simon Ludders as Mr. Swan
- Emma Rigby as Brandy Mulligan
- John Boyega as Danny Curtis
- Adam Jacobs
Adam is a 46-year-old vampire in the body of a 16-year-old boy. In Being Human it is shown that his father supplied him with blood until he died, because of this Adam didn't have to kill anyone. After his father died, the werewolves George and Nina take care of him. Later Adam decides to leave George and Nina. He decides to go to school again. At his new high school he meets the ghost Matt and the werewolf Christa.
Adam is stuck in puberty. He always wants to keep the bloodlust at bay which is hard for him.
Actor Craig Roberts describes Adam as a vampire who always talks about sex but never had sex himself. He wants to be accepted by the other students, but uses words from the 80s and is surprised when he doesn't get any reaction towards this. In the Rathborne High School he wants to start a new life.
- Christa Stammers
Christa is a werewolf. She only became a werewolf recently, and she finds it hard to accept her fate. After a full moon night Christa can not tell what she has done as a werewolf. She could have acted friendly or killed her whole family. That scares her very much. Christa is one of the best students of the whole school and is involved in a lot of social projects. After becoming a werewolf she gets worse in school and stays by herself.
Actress Leila Mimmack describes Christa as a difficult moody teenager, who is scared of being a werewolf. At first, she is not happy about working together with Adam and Matt. Later however they help her find herself, as a werewolf as well as a teenager.
- Matt Bolton
Matt is a ghost. He has been murdered recently and is declared missing. Nobody knows who had murdered Matt, not even Matt himself. When he was still alive Matt was a loner, who was bullied. He has always been in love with Christa, who barely recognised him. As a ghost he can only be seen by supernatural creatures, like the vampire Adam and the werewolf Christa.
Actor Josh Brown describes Matt as a very insecure boy. He is a loner who doesn't know what to do when he talks to somebody. Furthermore, he has been so much used to being ignored that he did not even realise that he had died and became a ghost. Adam and Christa are the first to talk to him, which makes Matt very happy.
- Brandy Mulligan
Brandy Mulligan is a pretty and popular student. She is the youngest child of the Crompton family. Many people are scared of this family. There are many rumours about them, but nobody knows which are true and which are false. Brandy's father Jerry is accused of grievous bodily harm. His victim is not able to speak and has a fractured jaw. However, people are afraid to testify against him. To not be associated to her family Brandy Crompton changed her name into Brandy Mulligan. Brandy does martial arts and has archieved the black belt.
- Danny Curtis
Danny Curtis is a bully and a friend of Brandy. By bullying he hides his own insecurity. Danny's father left the family when Danny was still a baby. After this Danny's mother made Danny do some jobs to earn the money for the family. When Christa adds Danny's name to the list of the school's socials projects, like taking care of older people or gardening Danny's behavior beginns to change. He becomes the pupil of the month.
- Mr Swan
Mr Swan is a sports teacher. He doesn't like his students and bullies the students who are not good in his lessons.
- Mr Roe
Mr Roe is teacher at the Rathborne High School. He is very insecure and is bullied by his students and Mr Swan.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Episode 1"||Alex Kalymnios||Brian Dooley||30 January 2011|
|The vampire Adam is looking forward to study at Rathborne High School however he has difficulties to get along with the other students. Adam tries to flirt with Brandy Mulligan. Brandy however thinks Adam is strange and a foreign exchange student. Later Adam almost gets into a fight with the school bully Danny. Then Adam and the student & werewolf Christa have detention together. There they meet Matt. Matt is a ghost, he has also been a student, but he was murdered and lost his memories from the day he was killed. Christa and Adam want to help Matt to solve his murder, to let Matt pass into the afterlife.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Alex Kalymnios||Brian Dooley||6 February 2011|
|Adam and Christa think that the school bully Danny might have killed Matt, because he was one of the last people to see Matt. Along with Matt, Adam and Christa ask Danny about the day that Matt was murdered. They soon realise that Matt already knew that Danny wasn't the one who has killed Matt and that Matt only wanted to take revenge on Danny, for bullying him.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Alex Kalymnios||Brian Dooley||13 February 2011|
|Christa, Adam and Matt try to reconstruct Matt's last day.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Alex Kalymnios||Jamie Mathieson||20 February 2011|
|The trio thinks that the student Brandy Mulligan is involved in Matt's murder. She has caught Matt when he looked into the girl's changing room. Furthermore, she is the youngest child of the Crompton family, a family with a big criminal record. The trio soon finds out that Brandy isn't the killer and Christa soon learns that Matt wasn't in love with Brandy but with Christa, for over three years.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Alex Kalymnios||Jamie Mathieson||27 February 2011|
|Christa reads a love letter that was written to her by Matt. She is touched by Matt's feelings but doesn't return these feelings.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Alex Kalymnios||Jamie Mathieson||6 March 2011|
|Matt, Christa and Adam think that Mr Swan is the killer, they watch him in the gym, but are caught and are sent to detention again.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Alex Kalymnios||John Jackson||13 March 2011|
|With the help of Christa's sharpened senses as a werewolf, the trio finds Matt's dead body in the gym.|
|8||"Episode 8"||Alex Kalymnios||John Jackson||20 March 2011|
|Soon after finding the body Mr Swan enters the room. When Mr Swan wants to call the police, he is knocked down by Mr Roe who turns out to be the murderer. When Matt's door to the afterlife appears, the trio puts Mr Roe into the door instead of Matt.|
|1||Where’s Our Matt?||26 January 2011||Matt's mother films a video wanted message. She asks her son to return home.|
|2||Danny the Bully||4 February 2011||A video shows how Danny bullies other students.|
|3||Changing Danny’s Ways||8 February 2011||Christa wants to turn Danny into a better human. She adds his name onto a list of social projects of the school, like taking care of older people, a garden club and a school musical.|
|4||Christa’s Voicemail||12 February 2011||Christa believes that Matt has some secrets and tells Adam about this.|
|5||Brandy’s P.E. Records||15 February 2011||Christa searches Mr Swans office about records of Brandy Mulligan. She is caught by Mr Swan. Christa tells him that she wants to join the female football club. Mr Swan believes her.|
|6||Adam’s Find||23 February 2011||Christa has achieved her aim to change Danny. Through his involvement in the social projects he got voted as the pupil of the month. Meanwhile, Adam finds an old picture of Christa.|
|7||Christa’s Anger||23 February 2011||Adam makes fun of Christa and shows her the old picture he has found.|
|8||Adam’s Theory||25 February 2011||Christa doesn't speak with Adam any longer. Adam thinks this is strange and that she might be involved in Matt's murder.|
|9||Swan vs Roe||1 March 2011||A video shows how Mr Swan shouts at Mr Roe, because Mr Roe is not in control of his own class.|
|10||Christa on Camera||4 March 2011||Christa and Adam argue with each other.|
|11||Janitor on CCTV||8 March 2011||Adam looks at video clips from the CCTV camera. The janitor can be seen almost everywhere. Adam thinks that he has found a new suspect.|
|12||The Return||20 March 2011||Matt's murderer says that he will come back and take revenge.|
Awards and nominations
- 2012: Digital Creativity & Games (Philip Trethowan, Alex Kalymnios, Hannah Thomas)
Nick Bryan says that Becoming Human has a great humor, and that Craig Robers portrays Adam very well.
According to Robert William Berg, Becoming Human plays in the same mystical background as the mother series Being Human. However Becoming Human shows the problems from a different perspective, the perspective of teenagers. The series describe the difficulties in being an adolescent, the social stratification of school cliques and bullying at school. The writers handle these "very serious issues with a gentle touch and some deft, dark humor without ever making light of these serious issues." However the episodes were written and produced separately, so the episodes don't flow seamlessly into each other. Altogether Becoming Human is a brilliant series with a high quality of writing. Furthermore, it has great main and supporting actors, who show authentic performances.
Dan Owen explains, that Becoming Human is a high quality series. However it isn't as sexy, stylish, acerbic, and compelling as the British TV series Misfits. The series is made for a younger audience. Older viewers might not like the series as much as the younger ones.
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