06/02/2012 06:55 GMT

Being Human Review: Series 4 Hailed The Best Yet

Being Human star Lenora Crichlow certainly wasn't left holding the supernatural baby as the new series of the hit BBC3 show returned to the screens.

After Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey announced they were leaving the sci-fi drama there were fears Crichlow - the only remaining original cast member - would have her work cut out rekindling the on-screen magic she shared with them as three complex and isolated characters on the fringes of a society that hates them.

However, reactions to the new line-up and the new series, in which viewers were introduced properly to werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) whilst Mitchell (Tovey) played his final scenes, and Damien Molony, who has been drafted in to play resident vampire, Hal, were overwhelmingly positive.

Commenting on Tovey's departure The Metro said:

"In a mostly fully clad farewell, the whole werewolf transformation thing was kept pretty low-key until his fine final hour, writer Toby Whithouse leaving the door ever so slightly ajar for George to return.

But every end is a beginning and, in the newbies, Being Human has promising signs of fresh life. Chief among them is Damien Molony's vampire Hal."

SFX also praised the new lead characters:

"Michael Socha is downright hilarious, and looks like he'll be providing many of the comedy highlights from now on (loved his sledgehammer-subtle hints about moving into Honolulu Heights). Damien Molony doesn't really get enough screen-time to show what he can do (killing two characters, introducing another and launching an arc plot is rather a lot to cram into one episode) but shows considerable promise.

But the character I really can't wait to see more of is Cutler, Andrew Gower's dryly humorous vampire. Tellingly, I didn't miss Mitchell for a moment."

The Independent congratulated the new look Being Human:

"Eve of the War has shown how the look and feel of Being Human has now changed and it is a change for the better. The acting and comedy were always brilliant but finally the production values match the script."

And The Radio Times said: "Verdict? Very, very interesting... it's definitely not over yet. And there is life after John Mitchell."

What did you make of the new Being Human and its new stars?

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