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Michael Socha Interview
Many feared that Being Human was doomed when much of the original cast decided to depart, but series four defied expectations, becoming the show's most enjoyable run since the first. All eight terrific episodes are now available on DVD and Blu-ray in a box-set packed with 101 minutes of special features.

To mark the release, Digital Spy spoke with Michael Socha - now a series regular as loveable werewolf Tom - to chat about his character's 'bromance' with Hal, his reaction to the shocking series four finale and his hopes for series five...

Were you happy with the reaction to series four?

"Yeah, very happy. If someone ever has a word with me in the street, I say, 'Did you watch the series before?' and if they say yeah, I say, 'What d'you think of it [now]?' and they'll go, 'I'm happy with it.'

"I'm quite relieved. I've had no-one say to me personally that they don't like it - it's been great."

Did you feel any pressure this year coming on as a regular character?

"Yeah, massive. I get worried before all parts, but because everyone [from the old cast] was gone, I thought maybe the public would've lost trust in the show. But I think after a couple of episodes, people were alright again and reassured, maybe."

Do you feel like you settled in as you went along?

"Yeah, I think so. I definitely feel like I'm part of something now. I mean, I did before, which I thought was quite unique, when I came in for just four episodes of the third series. People just welcomed me - it was lovely and I felt really part of something."

The scenes between Tom and Hal (Damien Molony) were amazing - was it fun filming those?

"I loved Hal's character. Especially in the café scenes, the way Damien dropped the lines, it just f**king creased me up. I'd have to have a couple of minutes just to laugh it all out of my system! It was wicked. Damien is a brilliant actor and such a nice guy to work with, as well."

Tom had a lot of funny moments too - do you enjoy playing comedy?

"Yeah, I do. I think, with Tom McNair, it gives me such a massive scope to work with - he's funny, he's naïve, he can be aggressive and angry. It's great, Tom can do everything! There were a lot of new emotions for Tom in this series, for me to play. I loved doing it."

There was also some romance for Tom with Allison (Ellie Kendrick) - how was it filming those scenes?

"Yeah man, it was good. I loved playing the awkwardness. I've played a lot of thugs before and I've done a few sex scenes where the geezer's a bit aggressive. I remember I did a half-hour film called Harvest where I had to more or less rape an 87-year-old lady!

"So to play this as a bit nervous and a bit awkward, I loved it. And I had a real good laugh on-set with Ellie, she's a lovely person. She's so funny - it was another one where I was just cracking up!"

Were you shocked at what happened in the final episode, particularly the fate of baby Eve?

"Yeah, I was. There were rumours of it before, and I was like, 'As if they're gonna kill the baby! As if that's gonna happen! No one's ever done that before!' and then they really did. They really f**king did!

"Derek, the second AD [assistant director] was the one telling me. He told me as well about Tom getting stabbed. There's a scene - a dream sequence - in the succubus episode where Tom gets stabbed.

"Derek said to me, 'Oh by the way, you get stabbed'. I said, 'Oh, what happens then?' and he said, 'You die!' and I was like, 'Noooo!' but then that happened. Then he said, 'And the baby gets blown up at the end,' and I was like, 'Noooooo!'

Another fantastic part of the finale was Mark Gatiss as Mr Snow...

"That was an amazing character. The stillness, the f**king coolness of the man when he was doing it was so intimidating. He was another bloke who was just f**king great - there's not a d**khead on set, never a horrible actor. Every single one of them who came to our set was just a lovely, lovely person.

"I think it's something to do with the crew and the team around us. On Being Human, they welcome people and so I think [guest stars] feel like they have to be a part of this wonderful group of creative, nice people."

Were you sad to see Lenora Crichlow (Annie) go at the end of the series?

"I was, yeah, very sad. But with Being Human, it's never the end. It's never sealed that you're never coming back - you can come back. These people who die or leave do sometimes come back, so hopefully we'll see Lenora again."

Are you looking forward to starting filming on series five?

"Yeah, I can't bloody wait. I just want to do it. I thoroughly enjoy doing Being Human so I just want to get back there and working on it now."

It might be too early to say what's coming up for Tom, but what would you like to see happen in series five?

"I want Tom to get possessed by an evil spirit, so I can do summat f**king nasty! I'd like to make Tom really dark. But they won't listen to me, 'cos I'm just a kn*bhead from Derby!"


Embarrassing trailer for 'Fast Girls' starring your faves Lenora Crichlow and Noel Clarke


Mark Gatiss: "Being Human is my favourite tv role" (suck it sherlock)

His big break was as a member of The League of Gentlemen, and he's become a superstar through his writing and acting for Doctor Who and Sherlock - but Mark Gatiss has picked his recent role in Being Human as his favourite TV work.

Talking to Radio Times magazine for its Olivier Awards special, Gatiss said: "I’ve just played the chief vampire in Being Human and I said to the director: 'I have to say I think I have waited all my life to play this part.' Because when I was a little boy I used to re-create Christopher Lee’s death scenes from Dracula. I felt like I had come home. I don’t think I have ever had so much fun in my life."

Asked which programme he'd like to appear on in the future, Gatiss replied: "America’s Next Top Model. I am obsessed with it. The next cycle is called The British Invasion. I don’t know what they are doing but I want to be a guest judge on it."

The magazine's Oliver Awards special - ahead of the prestigious theatre awards, to be handed out this Sunday at the Royal Opera House - talks to TV actors about their experience of transferring their skills to the West End. "It is a cliché, but it is different on stage every night," Gatiss said. "We did two shows yesterday and each show was different within a day. Sometimes you think the audiences have met up in the pub beforehand and said, 'Shall we be a bit tricky today?'

"You can never fathom it, why they find one thing hysterical one day and the next it can feel flat. And the ones your friends come to, you always end up wanting to say, 'I wish you had come yesterday.'"

Gatiss, who is appearing at the Donmar Warehouse until Friday in The Recruiting Officer, said of his current stage role: "It’s a joy. Restoration comedy has no subtext: my name is Captain Brazen, I am brazen. Someone in rehearsals naively said, 'So where has my character been before this scene?' The director said, 'It doesn’t matter.' Now that is very refreshing."


ITV order Russell Tovey sitcom

lbr this man is a sitcom in and of himself

ITV has given the green light to a new Russell Tovey sitcom set in an unemployment office.
The broadcaster has ordered six hour-long episodes of The Job Lot – making it the first mainstream comedy it has commissioned since Benidorm in 2007.
ITV1 has vowed to make a ‘big splash’ in comedy, after several fallow years, and also today announced a post-watershed comedy provisionally called Great Night Out.
The Job Lot is being made by Big Talk Productions, whose credits include Rev and Him & Her, which also starred Tovey. It also made the stand-up talent hunt Show Me The Funny for ITV last year.
Set in a West Midlands job centre, the show will also star Miranda's Sarah Hadland, stand-up Jo Enright (also recently seen in Life’s Too Short), Sophie McShera from Downton Abbey and Tony Maudsley from Benidorm. It is written by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane.
Executive producer Kenton Allen said: 'Kenton Allen said: 'The moment I read the script I immediately thought The Job Lot was a comedy idea that captured the spirit of these times and could be the answer to ITV’s ambitions to reignite primetime comedy on ITV1.'
ITV1 has also ordered a six episodes of Great Night Out, about four thirtysomething drinking buddies in Stockport, written by Worst Week of My Life creators Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni.
Made by Hat Trick Productions, it will star Will Ash, Stephen Walters, Craig Parkinson and Lee Boardman and also features Ricky Tomlinson.
And tomorrow the broadcaster is recording a pilot of Naked House, starring Jason Manford as a recession-hit man who has to move his family back in with his parents – who have become naturists Since Chortle first reported on this show, Russ Abbott and Jan Francis have joined the cast as Manford’s parents.
ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell told trade magazine Broadcast that the network had a renewed appetite for comedy.
She said: ‘We dropped out of the comedy game and it feels like there has been incompleteness in the schedule. It’s now the genre we want to make a big splash in.
‘Comedy is difficult – it’s risky, exposed and you need to hold your nerve when they come on air. We will not be too quick to judge.’
ITV is also planning a Comedy Playhouse-style series of one-off sitcom pilots next year, which will focus on star names and writers.
The company’s newfound enthusiasm for comedy follows Sky’s spending spree on new sitcoms such as Stella and Trollied.


Toby Whithouse talks to EW about series 4 and 5

Are you prepared for Being Human fans to hate you?

Oh God, they’ve hated me on and off since the pilot. Believe me, I’m used to it. They hated me when I got rid of Herrick. They hated me when I brought Herrick back and when I got rid of Mitchell. And then when I got rid of George and Nina.

I despised you when you killed Ivan.

That’s what happens with long-running dramas, there has to be a turnover of characters. You never give the fans what they want. You always give them what they need.
So you needed to lose Annie. Was that your plan from the start of the season?
Yes. The thing is, Annie does go through the door. But when she asks if there is a rule that prevents her from come back, Eve points out that rules have never stopped her before. As I’ve said, the future of Being Human is always in flux.

But Annie was the show’s heart—not to say that Alex hasn’t been a great addition.

Yeah, she’s amazing. From my point of view, it’s a great opportunity. With those three new characters, there’s a completely new dynamic and just tons of ideas and stories you can tell. Don’t get me wrong; it’s sad when we lose characters. But, in many ways Being Human is such a Mexican daytime soap. People can return.

And no death is final.

I’d say nothing is ever final on Being Human.

I’ve wondered why characters on Being Human nearly always leave the show by dying, rather than just moving house.

I know. But, to be honest, that’s usually because we can’t afford another set.

When Eve told Annie that George and Nina were waiting for her on the other side of her door, I was totally hoping to see them reunite.

Again, we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. That single scene would’ve probably cost us one hundred grand. And I think it’s best left up to the audience’s imagination. That story finished then. We’re moving on now. I didn’t want the audience to be distracted at the last minute by a quick scene of characters past.

I was positive you weren’t going to kill Baby Eve, by the way. When did you make the decision to just do it?

We hadn’t really made it until we got to that moment in episode 8. Did we really think we had the courage to go through with it? There wasn’t another option. Weirdly, the BBC didn’t have a problem with it.

At least she didn’t get her intestines pulled out by Mr. Snow.

Oh, I loved Mark’s performance. I loved how he played the character slightly bored. That having lived for thousands of years, he has seen everything, experienced everything, and is now just weary of it all.

How’d you pick his name?

I came up with it when I was a kid, like 10 or 11. I’d started writing a comic in my head, because I was an obsessive comic fan. I invented this superhero, and invented a backstory for him. His nemesis was called Mr. Snow.

Where did you get the idea to have him yank out a man’s guts?

That was just the voices in my head.

The voices in your head say, ‘Toby, you should disembowel that guy’?

Yeah. A character’s first scene is his first introduction to the audience. For Mr. Snow, he’s the most evil vampire that ever lived and we wanted to show that he had a capacity for extreme violence and horror. That felt like an appropriate way to do it.

Should we watch out for Mr. Rook (Steven Robertson) now? That shot of the empty shelves, where he’ll keep more records of the supernaturals whose existences he covers up, seemed to imply there is more to come with him.

Oh, yes.

Is it possible that he could be next season’s baddie?

Yes, all of those things are possible.

He tells a colleague that he’s going to have lunch with the Secretary of State. Does that mean the government has knowledge of supernaturals?

I’m more than happy for people to draw their own conclusions on that.

Then can you tell us if we should expect Hal and Alex to rekindle their romance next season?
That’s my last question of the whole year.

Who knows? To be honest, we’re still in the storylining process. Sometimes I can’t answer a question because I genuinely can’t answer it.


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