Vampire novelty has gone

The Facebook page dedicated to being completely over the vampire fad only has 146 fans.

But the site, in a simple and straightforward way, sums up how very tiresome the whole vampire thing has become with this simple post: "Oh no, Twilight 3 is coming! HIDE!"Programme makers, sadly, have not taken on board what the 146 clearly understand.

Fads are meant to fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone.

And believe me: the novelty of vampires has gone.

That little fact has not stopped the makers of Being Human - which starts on Prime, next month.

If the Twilight series of films was something like Dawson's Creek with vampires, Being Human is something like any-British-show-with-young-people-living-in-a-flat - with vampires.

Actually, not just with vampires, but with vampires, a werewolf, and a ghost.

The idea seems to be to cover every supernatural possibility that is, or may soon be, the subject of a worldwide popular culture fad.

To be fair, though, Being Human is probably better than the vacuous idea behind it.

Werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), who incidentally have both appeared in Doctor Who, end up as housemates with vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) who has not.

The three 20-somethings try to live normal lives, despite being dead, or at least semi-dead.

That is not so easy when you have an undeniable lust for blood, or if, once a month, you grow fangs and an embarrassing amount of body hair, and go on a rampage of killing.

The latter is the problem facing George, who, for every day of the month but one, is a mild-mannered hospital porter, horrified, somewhat, by his regular transformation.

Mitchell is equally disturbed about his sucking, and tries to go cold turkey.

Being Human is a bit funny.

Annie is pleased when people start to see her, despite her ghostliness, and overjoyed when someone yells "Slag!" at her in the street.

George is caught short pre-transformation, and tries to escape into the woods, but finds it full of people almost as creepy as he is.

Some, therefore, should like it, but really - isn't it time to move on?

Speaking of moving on, yesterday on C4 was the last in the series of Misfits, which followed a gang of five young people serving community service orders who, after being caught in a freak electrical storm, found themselves saddled with strange superpowers.

It was excellent, and there is little to say if you missed it but this: It was excellent, and you missed it.

There will, apparently, be a second series.

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