Another reason why I love Being Human is how it writes its male characters.
I’ve never seen a show where men cry so often and so openly, and aren’t judged or looked down on for it. There aren’t really any truly “macho” men in Being Human who aren’t caricatures or predatory (Tully and Saul, in particular). George is high strung, emotional, cooks, and takes on a lot of domestic responsibilities, but he’s also killed people, has aggressive tendencies, and has some misogynistic moments.
Mitchell is much more of a stereotypical guy, but he’s sensitive, emotional, loves kids, and is incredibly awkward around women for a guy who oozes masculine confidence and good looks.
Tom learned a lot of outdated, chivalric views of women from McNair, but he’s harmless, clueless, and just wants to treat women how they want to be treated.
And Hal…Hal is Hal.
And of course, there’s Gilbert, who’s celibate (although I see him as asexual), and falls in love with Annie in a pure and honest way, without any expectation that she should love him back. Gilbert, the ultimate nice guy who cares more about loving Annie than her love for him.
The male characters are all well rounded and developed, and not at the expense of the women in the show. And they’re allowed to have feelings and fears and complex emotions and reactions to the world around them.
When single mother Nina (Sinead Kinkaid) calls the Dublin police after she lost her daughter at the park, inspector Thomas Mc Nair (Michael Socha) is left with a missing child case and not a clue on how to go about it. The case becomes trickier when, the next morning, his partner Harry Yorke (Damien Molony) finds a video on his desk. Six years old Eve has been caught on a video surveillance camera in Warrenpoint, more than 70 miles away.
Mc Nair and Yorke soon realize they’ll have to cooperate with a team from Belfast working on similar disappearance cases. For three years John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and George Sands (Russell Tovey) have been gathering information on dozens of children reported missing and being caught last on video surveillances all along the Irish border.
As bodies of children are found in macabre staging, a new anonymous tip leads the two teams to investigate a social worker, Alex (Kate Bracken) and her gilfriend Annie (Lenora Crichlow).