Series four, which ended last night, was eight episodes long, as were series two and three. The reduction in the number of episodes for series five will see the show return to its first series length.
Of the characters seen in series four, creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse would only say that werewolf Tom, played by Michael Socha, and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) would be back. He added:
The response to series four has been terrific. We're thrilled that the audience has taken the new cast into their hearts with such enthusiasm and affection and we're delighted to have this opportunity to expand their world further, exploring new characters and telling new stories. A heartfelt thank-you to all the fans for their unstinting support and to the BBC for letting us mess up the sandpit for a fifth year.
Zai Bennett, the controller of BBC Three, said:
In Being Human, Toby has created an extraordinary, funny, touching, supernatural world and I'm thrilled to be bringing it back for a fifth series.
The show is made by Touchpaper Television for BBC Cymru Wales, and managing director Rob Pursey said:
When we first made the pilot episode for Being Human we knew we had something special. But we didn't dream we'd be making a fifth series. It's a testament to the ambition of the writing and the performances that it's stayed so fresh. We're very grateful to the BBC for continuing to support a drama that doesn't play by the usual rules.Series four's viewing figures averaged 950,000 per week.
(newslink: BBC Media Centre)