'Being Human': 'Hold the Front Page' recap

Published Mar 4 2012, 22:01 GMT  |  By

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This Week... Teenage vampire Adam (Craig Roberts) and his schoolmistress lover (Selina Griffiths) cause havoc for our heroes when they turn up at Honolulu Heights on the run from the press.

The Bad Moon Arising... "I am *chicka chick* back!" - With these words, horny, foul-mouthed, riotous vampire Adam returns to the world of Being Human and it's great to see him back. Craig Roberts - who wowed critics in indie flick Submarine following his first turn as the bloodsucker - is brilliant as ever, with a natural charm and terrific comic timing.

This time round, Adam's got someone to bounce off - and that's not even a euphemism. As the prim and proper Yvonne, Selina Griffiths makes for a terrific straight-woman to Roberts's funnyman. Adam's bawdy antics work best in contrast - his interactions with the stuffy Hal (Damien Molony) are also great fun.

And while he's cleverly revelling in every minute of Adam's absurd, lecherous behaviour, Roberts also delivers in the more dramatic moments - see the moment where he learns of George, Nina and Mitchell's deaths, his sadness at learning that his relationship with Yvonne was a sham or his final romantic confession.

It's obvious from an early stage that there's something strange about Yvonne and her unusually high sex appeal, but it's a smart move to have the character's influence on men be unintentional, rather than casting her as a more obvious villainess. Despite the potentially salacious nature of her relationship with Adam, the viewer feels for Yvonne as it's revealed that their romance isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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And following vampires, werewolves, ghosts and zombies, the world of Being Human expands once again with the introduction of a succubus. And who didn't get a pleasant tingling sensation at the mention of demons? 'Hold the Front Page' opens up a whole can of intrigue on the monster front...

Yvonne's powers initially lead to the kind of humorous scenes that this show has (wonderfully) learnt to re-embrace this year. Michael Socha, in particular, gets to show off his fine comedy chops once again ("Trust me and my guns").

The first half of the episode, which borders at times on farce, seems to take a shocking change of direction at around the midway point - the moment in which Hal seemingly kills Tom is genuinely surprising and sets the mind racing. It's a shame then that this entire six or seven-minute segment is later revealed as a drama sequence - such a dramatic cheat.

Elsewhere this week, we were impressed by sneaky photgrapher Pete Travis (Sacha Dhawan). Despite initial impressions, the character is far more complex than a simple tabloid hack and his scenes with the brilliantly creepy Cutler (Andrew Gower) are among the episode's most intriguing.

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There's a different game of back-and-forth between the two, as Cutler slyly manipulates Pete, only to discover that his quarry is smarter than first thought. It's a real shame that Pete was killed off - he could've been the McGee to the Being Human crew's Incredible Hulk. On the flip-side, his demise does at least lead to a significant character moment for Hal, well-played by Damien Molony.

But a few more criticisms. While 'Hold the Front Page' works well on its own merits, the central conceit of having our central characters bicker and fight after being affected by an outside influence is perhaps a little too similar to the events of last week's 'A Spectre Calls' - perhaps the running order should have been rejigged slightly?

There's also relatively little in the way of real character development for our regulars, save for the aforementioned Hal scene and the excellent final exchange by Molony's vamp and Lenora Crichlow's Annie, as they discuss the power of taking a life.

And finally, as someone who greatly enjoyed Adam's exploits in Becoming Human, it's disappointing that the events of the one-time spinoff don't get so much as a cursory mention.

But overall, 'Hold the Front Page' is another strong instalment of Being Human, boasting moments of both great humour and real emotion. Let's hope that series five - and there *must* be one - will see Adam pop back for a third visit.

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