It’s only the best British TV show on the box and we’ve got it covered in our new issue – it’s a world exclusive with the cast of Being Human!
Because we're sooooo good to you (scroll down for a cool competition...) we've got ANOTHER exclusive interview from the Being Human set that we didn't have space for in our new issue. Read on to find out exactly the lengths Russell Tovey will go to to keep Being Human fans happy...
We’re sat inside the actual Being Human house on a behind-the-scenes visit for the new GT.
Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow are chatting about iPhones and tech (Lenora’s been having Mac problems, last time we chatted she dropped it). They’ve got four and bit weeks to go on the shoot, having been at it since August. It’s an extended run this year, with the second series of BBC Three’s supernatural drama clocking in at eight hour long episodes instead of six.
Just as we start chatting they’re all summoned outside as they’re losing the light. We’re left inside while they film and try not to think about nicking things. No really, we wouldn’t do that. Obviously, fact fans, the house isn’t an EXACT replica inside, but the hallway looks the same. Yes, it’s slightly disconcerting seeing THAT tile on the floor. And the blood splattered on the wall…
The cast have reconvened for filming having returned from America, which they describe as ‘being on a high’. Unsurprising, given that this BBC Three show saw thousands of eager fans turn out to see them at the Comic Con.
“Absolutely amazing,” Lenora beams. “I think because we didn’t expect ANYTHING...
“It’s wonderful to be in a show that’s not obvious, there’s so many twists in this series. I for one definitely didn’t see them coming. By the end you’ll be shouting at the TV.”
Er, episode two and the door anyone?
“It turns nasty for her, of course...” she reveals of Annie’s new-found powers.
“Love it or hate it, it felt like a show that was going to make an impact.”
She’s also into how technical the fanbase is. Well, not exactly ALL of the fanbase…
“I’ve never done a job which has been so instant, you can literally have a one-to-one with your fans, which is quite amazing. There’s someone Twittering as me, which is not me. That’s a bit weird,” she considers. “I’ve never Twittered a day in my life so I went online – with my technophobianess – and checked and she was talking about throwing soup out? She made me sound really dull. I was like hello? But it was a bit weird because I had just thrown out this really nasty lobster bisto stuff which was hideous...”
And with fans comes merchandise. Telly’s top trio have obviously been putting some serious thought into this.
“We’ve had some very creative ideas as to what our action figures should be. George’s one has a flip-head into the werewolf, my one would have a magnetic hand and have little props that come to me – or I can repel them – and Mitchell has the eyes and teeth. And that’s a lot of fun! Hours of fun in that!
“And calendars. I would like to know where our calendar is.”
At this point Sinead Keenan – the very lovely Sinead Keenan, we should say – pops her head round the door.
“Sinead’s the sensible one,” Lenora says. “You’ll get a proper conversation out of her.”
Sinead shrugs. “I’m terribly dull.”
More banter ensues, this time about their flats – they all have flats in the same block while filming. It transpires that the girls have ‘jooshed’ theirs up, whereas Russell’s is ‘like a laboratory’.
At the time of filming their weekend evenings were spent together in one of these flats watching X Factor.
“I voted for Danyl because I felt sorry for him,” Russell tells us. “Everyone was being horrible to him. I thought Olly should win.”
He’s not impressed that GT thought John and Edward should’ve taken the crown…
We get to talking about him starting on the convention circuit. “They don’t want us to be too worthy. We all start talking about boobs, or the fact that I’m naked...”
At the time of visiting the set, a longer Being Human convention weekend was in the planning stages.
“I think we’re there for three days...” he ponders. “I think we have to eat with them... Wash with them! I think there’s a gold package for 300 of them and we have to give them sponge baths!” he laughs infectiously.
Is that in your contract?
“I’ve had it written in – that I want to wash them all personally!”
We chat about fans, autographs and eBay and he mentions that he donated some of George’s werewolf nails to charity.
“Hi!” He shouts in a camp voice, pretending to be the lucky winner. “We’ve got the same ‘ands! We should go out! Will you wash me!”
It might get like that though, we suggest.
“What, people wanting washing?” he deadpans.
Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner and Lenora Crichlow stripped down and let loose to GT – on location while filming the second series of the hit BBC supernatural drama, in the make-up chair and getting sexy for a hot photo shoot.
It’s part of our special on the hottest television shows for 2010, which also features Glee, Ugly Betty, RuPaul’s Drag Race and – another exclusive photo shoot – Skins.
And that’s not all! We’ve got 30 – yes 30! – new Being Human novels to give away! And that’s STILL not all – we’ve got 20 – yes 20! – exclusive promotional, money-can’t-buy Being Human posters to give away as well.
And everyone that purchases a copy of the magazine using this handy link automatically gets entered into a competition to win. Amazing. Tell your friends.
GT is also available at all good magazine stockists from 27 January.