Exclusive Q&A with Declan O’Dwyer

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Declan O’Dwyer

Declan O’Dwyer, director of the upcoming Miss Scarlet and The Duke, graciously agreed to do this short Q&A with one of our admins exclusively for Andrew-Gower.co.uk. Read what he had to say about the series, working with Andrew Gower and his favourite pizza topping!


The Irish born director, writer and producer previously worked on a number of BBC productions (Robin Hood, Merlin) and directed the original pilot of Being Human. He was a writer and director for the History Channel documentary Barbarians Rising and was nominated for a EMMY award in 2019 for his work on Free Rein. In 2014 Declan O’Dwyer was the first international signing from The Black List. In summer 2019 he directed all 6 episodes of period crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke, created by Rachael New and starring Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin and Andrew Gower.


What can fans expect from Miss Scarlet and the Duke? How would you describe the overall tone of the series?

Miss Scarlet and the Duke is the story of the first female detective in Victorian London. Conjured from the mind of Rachael New. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously – but it does expose the prejudices society put on women in the Victorian era and draws many parallels to society today. But, all that said – it is a fun show – with the relationship between Miss Scarlet, and the Duke at its core.

In a comment I read someone saying Miss Scarlet sounds like “Remington Steele in Victorian times”. Would you say this is an appropriate comparison?

Ha! I’d not heard that one. If comparisons have to be drawn (they always will) I would say it’s more like a Victorian Moonlighting. But hey, I loved Remington Steele – and it’s another good reference.

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Stephanie Zimbalist & Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele / Cybill Shepherd & Bruce Willis in Moonlighting

Can you tell us a little about Rupert Parker, the character Andrew Gower is playing? Who is he? And I must add that the moustache is fabulous!

At the moment, I can tell you very little about Rupert Parker I’m afraid. I will say only this, he is a man ‘out of time’ with Victorian London.

Inevitable question: how was working with Andrew Gower?

What’s it like to work with Mr Gower? Well, first and foremost he’s a beautiful human being – so it was always a joy having him on set. He’s a proper laugh to have around – always brought amazing energy. He’s a grafter as well, the consummate, consummate professional. I’d jump through fire to work with him again, any day of the week, twice on Sunday.

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Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Do you have a story about filming that you can share? Something that was especially challenging, something funny that happened, or a favourite set?

Too many to mention. And probably many I can’t, or shouldn’t – in a good way. The schedule was extremely challenging. We shot all six episodes in 51 days. We often had to shoot up to 7 pages a day. That’s very tough on a crew (especially shooting a period piece) but it is especially tough on the actors (imagine memorising 7 pages of dialogue – day in day out). Kate Phillips lead from the front. She was amazing. Always on it. Never complained. (and she’s brilliant in it).

I have to say, despite the schedule pressures (we shot the show in Dublin, doubling for Victorian London) the crew were magnificent and the set was an absolute giggle.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke sets in Dublin (Ireland)

On Miss Scarlet you basically worked with two leading ladies: show creator Rachael New and Kate Phillips, who plays Miss Scarlet.

Haha. Yes! They are one in the same. Miss Scarlet is the very thinly veiled alter ego of Rachael New. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rachael is wearing Miss Scarlet’s costume right now as she writes series two.

Rachael is the creator/Showrunner (she’s in charge basically) and has built this fantastic world for us to play in. Kate brings Eliza Scarlet to life (as Stuart does with The Duke). And they are a really great fun to watch. Their chemistry and relationship is magic. They got on like a house on fire also, so that helps.

But yes – two leading ladies. I consider that an honour.

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Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet / Director Declan O’Dwyer and Creator Rachael New

How do you feel about women taking over and being more and more in control in film business?

I’ve never known it any different to be honest, Isabel. Throughout my career I’ve always worked alongside and for amazing female writers, producers and executives. The change I can see, and it’s a very positive one, is more stories come from the female gaze. And that can only be a good thing.

You’re a director, a writer and a producer. Do you have a preference?

Directing. Hands down. I hate writing. I only ever started writing – because I wasn’t getting offered the kind of scripts I wanted to make. Rather than moan about it – I wrote stuff. I was very fortunate, people liked it. It opened doors in Hollyweird. (Not a typo).

Have you always wanted to be a director?

No, I aways wanted to be a movie star. Not an actor – a movie star. But I can’t act for toffee. Best for everyone that I stay behind the camera – and aim it at people like Andrew Gower.

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Andrew Gower in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Is it true that you always wear a tuxedo on the first day of filming?

Yes – the tuxedo thing on the first day is true. Be it in jungle or desert, rain or snow. It harks back to my very first directing gig. It was an in-joke with the crew, about being out at an awards ceremony the night before – and going straight to work.

Eleven years ago, you directed a pilot episode – starring Andrea Riseborough as Ghost Annie – which was later picked up as a TV show which later had Andrew Gower in his breakthrough role, who later starred with Andrea Riseborough in Black Mirror and now you worked with him on Miss Scarlet. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon or does the UK really only have 12 actors?

No, I think the UK only has 7 actors – and Benedict Cumberbatch is 6 of them.

I loved doing the pilot of Being Human. Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey, Guy Flanagan and Adrian Lester, lovely lovely cast and a great script.

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Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey and Guy Flanagan in the original Being Human pilot

Is there a question you always wanted to be asked in an interview but no-one ever thought to ask you?

What’s your favourite pizza? Mine’s a simple Margarita.

Thank you so very much, Mr O’Dwyer, for agreeing to answer our questions. We‘re really excited about Miss Scarlet and the Duke and can‘t wait to see it!

Thank you for asking me to do this. It was fun.


Miss Scarlet and The Duke is scheduled to be released on PBS in the USA in early 2020.

Poldark S5 on Netflix France

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Great news for our French fans: Season 5 of Poldark will be released on Netflix France on Tuesday 1 October 2019

Friday 11 October 2019!

Don’t miss Andrew Gower as James Hadfield in the first two episodes of the popular period drama, and the moment Being Human‘s John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) finally meets Nick Cutler!


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Due to technical issues the episodes aren’t available yet but we’ve been assured that Netflix France is working on fixing the problem. We’ll keep you posted!


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Les dernières réponses de Netflix aux messages mettent en avant un bug sur les applications et que la S5 n’a jamais été prévue pour le 1er octobre…

(Source: Poldark France)


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Poldark France just let us know that Poldark’s final season will be released on Netflix France on Friday 11 October 2019! Thank you very much, Poldark France, for the info!

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CarterMatt: Poldark season 5 spoilers: Is an Outlander actor coming on board?

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CarterMatt has picked up on Andrew Gower‘s recent Instagram post in which he revealed his part in the upcoming final season of period drama Poldark. (see our post about it here)

Our favourite part of their article?

If you haven’t watching Outlanderthen there is a reasonably good chance you’re familiar with [Andrew] Gower from some of his other work. After all, he has appeared in such other series including AD: The Bible Continues, Being Human, The White Queenand more. This is someone who’s got a rather-impressive resume of TV work behind him and while he’s not going to have a chance to continue whatever he does on Poldark, there is still an opportunity for more good stuff down the line.

(Source: CarterMatt)

No doubt about that!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all our ghouls and boos! 👻 We hope you’re having a spooktacular day!!! 🎃 (if you’re celebrating this holiday – if not, we still hope you have a great day anyway!)

A perfect treat for the day (not a trick, we swear!) is catching up on some of Andrew Gower‘s past projects with supernatural themes.

Our picks are as follows: Continue reading “Happy Halloween!”

Being Human back on BBC iPlayer

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Good news for our UK fans: All seasons of Being Human are back on BBC iPlayer! So this is your chance to catch up on this great TV show and especially watch Andrew’s season 4 episodes.

No matter if it’s for the first or hundredth time: Andrew’s portrayal of our favourite vampire solicitor and history maker Nick Cutler is always a treat!

Watch Being Human here!

Andrew Gower On Playing Winston Smith In 1984

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Here’s another interview with Andrew Gower about playing Winston Smith in 1984 and what tempted him to take on the part. Being Human and Outlander (and their loyal fanbases) get a notable mention, too.

You’ve done some beloved dramas, like Being Human and Outlander. What’s the fan response been like?

Yes, both Being Human and Outlander are known for their loyal fanbases. The beauty of both of those jobs was that the characters were very removed from me. So I’ve been lucky to get off scot-free, without any strange encounters. The wigs, blood and strange onscreen faces/voices – they haven’t found their way into my day-to-day life. Yet.

Read the complete interview here.

1984’s Andrew Gower on Coping with Rats, Big Brother & on Getting His Teeth Into Being Human

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Theatre.com talked to Andrew Gower about playing the lead in 1984 and his time as Cutler on Being Human.

You graduated from drama school [the Oxford School of Drama] six years ago but are only now making your West End debut.
Yeah, which is funny because when I left drama school, I always envisaged that my career would be on stage; I never saw it going down the route of TV and film, so for this to be only my third theater job and in something so incredible and illustrious is really amazing.

Read the full interview here.

Outlander Season 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Fergus & More Roles Cast

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According to Access Hollywood Andrew has been cast in season 2 of Starz’ hit TV show Outlander.

Andrew Gower, a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, will play Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart), who Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) will meet in Season 2.

Charlie has a taste for alcohol and the ladies, and is determined to achieve glory, no matter the price.

Andrew hails from Liverpool (which is also where Stephen Walters, who plays Angus, is from). He played Caligua in NBC’s “AD: The Bible.” Andrew also is an alum of the UK’s “Being Human,” and the medical drama “Monroe.”

(Source: Access Online)

New Showreel

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A new seven minute showreel video has been added to the website of Andrew Gower‘s agents, Troika Talent.

It includes clips from Monroe, Endeavour, The Village, Being Human, Frankenstein’s Wedding, Murdoch Mysteries, The White Queen and Misfits.

Enjoy!

Being Human episode nominated in SFX Awards

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Making History“, the episode of Being Human that focused on Cutler and Hal’s backstory, has been nominated in the Best TV Episode category in the SFX Awards 2013.

You can vote here!

You can also vote for Being Human as the Best TV Show, Damien Molony as Best Actor and Sexiest Man, Lenora Crichlow as Best Actress and Sexiest Woman, Aidan Turner as Sexiest Man and Kate Bracken as Sexiest Woman.

Being Human series 1-5 box set available to pre-order

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Being Human – The Complete Collection

The Being Human – Series 1-5 Boxset DVD box set is now available to pre-order from Amazon. It is released on Monday 8 April 2013. Further details about what will be included on the discs are yet to be confirmed, however we do know that it is a 14 disc set.

Andrew appears in series 4 of Being Human as vampire solicitor Nick Cutler.

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Back cover of Being Human – The Complete Collection

 

Cutler fanfics and more

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Please note that the following fanfics may contain content that is suitable for adults only, but with that in mind, read and enjoy!

The Old Year Passes (part one of the story; links to the following 5 chapters can be found at the end of the chapter); written by non-canonical. On the same LiveJournal there is a wonderful analysis of Nick Cutler’s character, take a look here – it’s pretty long, but needs to be for such a complex character.

Rewritten by Machine – set in 2030 and features Cutler, Hal, Mr Snow and Fergus; written by Shaitanah

Hatred is the Madness of the Heart – an amazing 50,000 word fanfic covering the period between Cutler’s recruitment by Hal and Alex’s murder; written by Aquamarine Jo.

There are plenty of other Cutler related fan-fictions on FanFiction.net and Archive of our Own – take a look.

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Andrew’s showreel has been added to his Spotlight CV; it includes some great clips from Frankenstein’s Wedding, Monroe and Being Human. You can watch it below:

Keep an eye on his Vimeo page as well as there are also the “Wires” and “Make This Go On Forever” clips from Frankenstein’s Wedding on there – more may be added in the future.

You can view Andrew’s Spotlight CV here.

Andrew featured in Omnia

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The lovely ladies at Omnia, a free online zine, have included an article about Andrew Gower in their latest edition.

He’s very unassuming, small and skinny and rather awkward, but he’s an excellent actor, very emotive and funny, and absolutely deserving of everything good that comes his way.

You said it Daisy and Nancy! You can read it here.

Damien Molony interviewed by Spotlight

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Damien Molony has been interviewed by Spotlight about his nomination for the prize in 2011 and his career since then. There are a couple of questions about Andrew Gower and their work together on Being Human:

Did Andrew Gower [2010 Spotlight Prize winner] try to give you any tips?

We didn’t actually shoot anything together until episode seven so we didn’t really talk about it that much. He used to give me encouragement and I would try and do the same because I think he is absolutely amazing, a brilliant actor. He goes into so much depth with his preparation. I learnt a lot from just watching him rather than him teaching me.

Read the full interview here.

Mark Gatiss interview

Mark Gatiss has been interviewed by EW.com about the finale of Being Human season 4, “War Child”. It’s a great little interview, made all the better by the question about the trailer:

Can you explain why he’s rubbing Cutler’s face in the preview?
Because I wanted to. I said to Andrew [Gower], “I just got an idea. I should run my hand down your face and stick my finger into your mouth. Is that alright?” And he said, “Yeah, whatever you like.” So I did it. What I like about it is it’s so invasive. First of all, he has those filthy fingernails. I thought, he regards this man as less than the dirt on his shoes and he should just show it. It’s also slightly pervy. I enjoyed that.

You can watch said scene here:

Hmmmmm….

 

Toby Whithouse talks Cutler

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EW.com have published an interview with Being Human executive producer Toby Whithouse about Being Human episode 4×07 “Making History”, a very Cutler-centric episode.

Does Cutler have any humanity left in him?
From the moment that he sees his wife killed, that’s it. It’s been interesting to look at the reactions to him on online. I’m very pleased to see that Cutler has a lot of fans. There are also quite a lot of people who are hoping that there is a bit of decency left in him and that he will redeem himself. That’s something Andrew [Gower] imbued in the character, because it wasn’t on the page. That people are having questions about him is a testament to his performance, because in my mind, the best way of telling if Cutler is lying is if his lips are moving.

Read the full interview here.

There’s also a lovely, spoilery review of the episode on the Independent website, full of gushing praise for Andrew. And another gushing review on Cultfix, this time spoiler free.

The Cutler Movie

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If you miss everyone’s favourite vampire solicitor “Cutler, Nick Cutler” as much as we do, you might enjoy The Cutler Movie which recently appeared on YouTube.

It’s a complilation of all of Andrew Gower‘s scenes from season 4 of British cult TV show Being Human and it works amazingly well as a standalone. So even if you’re new to the world of Being Human, you might enjoy this one.

Huge thanks to YouTube user Speakhurst for providing us with this! Continue reading “The Cutler Movie”

Entertainment Weekly: ‘Being Human’ baddie Andrew Gower talks ‘Puppy Love’

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Entertainment Weekly have posted an interview with Andrew about episode 6 of Being Human season 4 (“Puppy Love“). The interview covers Cutler’s backstory, his last vestiges of humanity and how he based some of Cutler’s mannerisms on Ian Curtis of Joy Division.

Cutler likes other people to do the work for him—and manipulation is one of the things he’s very good at.

Read the full interview here.

Q&A with Toby Whithouse

The BBC‘s Being Human blog has posted the results of a fan Q&A with Toby Whithouse. Several of the questions involved Cutler’s character and his subsequent demise, for example:

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However, it’s the revelation that we won’t see Cutler again that is the most shocking…

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We live in hope that…

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Read the full Q&A here.

Being Human 4×08 The War Child

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Being Human 4×08 The War Child

In the last episode of Being Human’s 4th season, the Old Ones, an elite group of extremely powerful, older vampires, have finally arrived in Barry Island. Their leader is Mr Snow (Mark Gatiss), an ancient, over 3000 year old vampire, who is less than impressed by the welcome the only vampire left standing, Cutler (Andrew Gower), can present him with.

In flash forwards, we get glimpses of the world, 10 years into the future with “War Child” Eve as a young girl, who is hunted by vampires. In present time, the gang at Honolulu Heights – Hal (Damien Molony), Alex (Kate Bracken), Tom (Michael Socha)  and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) – are making plans to stop the Old Ones from taking over the world, when an unexpected visitors comes knocking at their door.

Humiliated and disappointed Cutler has had enough of his species and is determined to take his revenge on them. He will do whatever it takes to be remembered in history as the one who ended all vampires and fulfilled the prophecy of the War Child, whose true meaning was revealed to him by Mr Snow himself.

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Being Human 4×07 Making History

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Being Human 4×07 Making History

In this Cutler (Andrew Gower) centric episode, viewers finally learn about Cutler’s backstory and who his mysterious maker is. In flashbacks we can see a still human Cutler visiting none other than Hal Yorke (Damien Molony) in jail, who has been arrested for “illegal gambling and dog fights”. Hal wants to hire Cutler as his new legal representative and turns him into a vampire.

Cutler struggles at first with his new life, finding it particularly hard to kill people, especially his human wife Rachel (Natalie Burt). Cutler’s addiction for blood is overpoweringly strong and so Hal decides it is time to take some drastic measures to show Cutler his old, human life is over and to “burn his bridges”.

In present time, Hal pays a visit to the vampires at Stoker’s Warehouse and is surprised to see Cutler there who seems overjoyed that his maker is still alive. When Cutler offers him blood, Hal leaves horrified, but returns later to find out more about Cutler’s plans. This time he accepts Cutler’s offer to earn his trust.

In the meantime, Cutler has taken Tom (Michael Socha) under his wings and convinced him to do him one last favour: to use his werewolf form at the next full moon to attack the Old Ones in a confined space, after they have arrived in Barry Island. However, it wouldn’t be Cutler, if there weren’t more to the story…

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

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Being Human 4×06 Puppy Love

The video, Cutler uploaded on YouTube of the werewolves Tom (Michael Socha) and George (Russel Tovey) transforming at the full moon, is started to get attention. While most people believe it to be fake, it brings the young female werewolf Allison (Ellie Kendrick) into town where she encounters Hal (Damien Molony) and Tom.

Together the two young werewolves try to find out who is behind the leaked video footage. They come across Golda (Amanda Abbington), a new vampire in town, who has made it clear to Cutler that she is in charge now. When Tom and Allison reach a dead end with their investigation, they visit Cutler in his office who sees his opportunity to get rid of two problems at once.

Before the big showdown, Tom convinces Hal to go on a double date with him, Allison and a Scottish girl named Alex (Kate Bracken), a customer at the cafe. This is Hal’s first date in over half a century and Hal struggles to keep his bloodlust under control when Alex invites him to kiss her.

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

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Being Human 4×05 Hold the Front Page

Cutler continues his plan to expose werewolves as the big threat to human kind and in his determintaion he does not even shy away from manual labour. He personally drags bodies in the woods surrounding Barry Island and prepares them with a garden claw to make them look like they were attacked by a large animal – or a wolf.

“Teenaged” vampire Adam (Craig Roberts) returns to Honolulu Heights as he and his new lover, middle-aged school-mistress Yvonne Bradshaw (Selina Griffiths), are being chased by the press. Unfortunately one of the journalists, Pete Travis (Sacha Dhawan), is able to snag a picture of Adam – but it turns out to be empty.

With further evidence in hand, Pete pays a visit to a  solicitor – Cutler – and reveals to him that he has proof that vampires exist and that someone – “husbands, fathers, wives, sons, daughters, judges, police… solicitors” – is covering things up. Cutler sees his chance to enlist Pete’s help with his own plans and follows him to his hotel room.

Meanwhile Yvonne Bradshaw proves to be a whole new challenge to the male occupants at Honolulu Heights as her own supernatural powers of a special kind are causing havoc with their emotions.

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

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Being Human 4×04 A Spectre Calls

The new supernatural trio at Honolulu Heights – ghost Annie, werewolf Tom and vampire Hal – are still trying to settle into a new routine when they are visited by a seemingly charistmatic ghost from the 70s called Kirby (James Lance). Everyone seems to be quite taken by the new addition but it soon becomes clear that Kirby has his own agenda.

Hal follows up on a newspaper article about the Box Tunnel Massacre and comes across coroner Dr Wilson (Lucy Robinson), whose report confirms that the victims were killed by Jason Healey – a human scapegoat for the real killer, vampire John Mitchell (Aidan Turner).

Back at the B&B, the situation between Hal, Annie and Tom escalates due to Kirby’s cunning manipulations. Eventually, Tom runs off and gets into trouble for letting off some steam. At the police station he receives help from an unlikely source and we also meet the vampire blackmailing coroner Wilson into altering her report…

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Being Human 4×02 Being Human 1955

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After Griffin’s “proper death” at the end of episode 1, the vampires are yet again without a leader, and a new supernatural trio – ghost Pearl (Tamla Kari), werewolf Leo (Louis Mahoney) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) – show up at Honolulu Heights, which causes friction with the current occupants.

Cutler continues to work on his plan to reveal the existance of vampires and werewolves to humanity. He has brought a focus group, which appears to consist largely of homeless people, to Stoker’s warehouse and shows them the video of werewolves George and Tom changing at the full moon.

Before he can collect their surveys, however, he is distracted by fellow vampire Fergus (Anthony Flanagan) and his “war council” who have a slightly different approach to how things should be handled (and by who) in the future.

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

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Being Human 4×01 Eve of the War

After the events of the season 3 finale, local vampires have already regrouped around their new leader Griffin (Alex Jennings). They meet up at the warehouse of Stoker Import and Export in Barry Island where they are preparing for the arrival of the “Old Ones”, a group of of extremely powerful elite vampires, who are travelling over the course of a few months across the Atlantic Ocean to Barry Island by freighter to discuss their plans for a global vampire takeover there.

Meanwhile the remaining occupants of “Honolulu Heights” – ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and his newborn baby – are still recovering from the losses of their lovers, vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and werewolf Nina (Sinead Keenan). Whereas George locks himself up with his young daughter not letting anyone near her, Annie seeks support from young werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) who is desperate to make new friends after his father figure McNair (Robson Green) was killed.

Among the newcomers in town is Cutler (Andrew Gower), a young, cocky vampire with ambitious plans to take over the world. While he wants to reveal the existance of vampires as the ones that save humanity from the “bigger threat, the werewolves”, Griffin is looking for an adequate gift to present the Old Ones with. “Vampire recorder” Regus (Mark Williams) seems to have the solution: according to a prophecy, the “War Child” born to two werewolves is the key to the destruction of all vampires – the perfect sacrifice.

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