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Nightmare flatmates in new drama

By Andy Brownstone
Newsbeat reporter

Behind the scenes on Being Human set

A new BBC Three drama starts this weekend after a big internet campaign to get it made.

Being Human follows three flatmates who live in Bristol.

They try to live normal lives, which proves difficult as one is a ghost, one a vampire and the other a werewolf.

A pilot was shown last year, which resulted in thousands of fans begging for a full series.

There was an online petition, as well as a three different facebook pages set up by viewers.

The producers say they were overwhelmed by how much people liked the pilot.

Russell Tovey plays George, a hospital porter who suffers from 'time of the month', when he turns into a werewolf.

He told Newsbeat: "It's really exciting. That's the best compliment you can get on a show, if people are kind of begging for it to be made."

Tovey is the only star left from last year's pilot.

Joining him is Annie, played by Lenora Critchlow, who died in the flat they all now live in.

Lenora Critchlow
Annie the ghost keeps making cups of tea to make herself feel normal

She can do the usual tricks like walking through walls.

She joked: "We don't cheat. It's all about particles and atoms and human matter breaking down just at the right times."

And she admits she has bumped into a few ghost-related people in her time.

She added: "Not really on purpose, but I have met people who claim to be mediums or have had experiences.

"I've just listened with a new ear I suppose."

Vampire Weekend

The third flatmate is Mitchell, who works with George in the hospital, and is struggling to keep his vampire tendancies under control.

He's played by Aidan Turner, and without giving too much away, he kills a fair few innocent victims.

And coming after the success of Twilight, the cult vampire movie, Turner admits the timing couldn't be better.

He told Newsbeat: "I guess it is a good time to be a vampire... I don't know why it's getting so popular. I can't quite figure that out.

"It's vampire season these days. Vampire Weekend, it's everything."

The cast actually went to see Vampire Weekend during a break in their hectic three month timetable.

It could be a case of life imitating art, as the three stars had to live in the same block of flats, while filming on set, in a flat.

But they claim living and working together wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Turner added: "The best part of the job has been working with those guys.

"They're really funny and just cool people... We're working full time, all day everyday so we get little time to hang out.

"But when we do, we have a bit of crack, yeah."

Being Human starts on BBC Three on Sunday 25 January at 9pm

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