Tuesday, March 22, 2011


On the British version of 'Being Human', Richard and Emma were an ancient vampiric couple* living on the island of Barry in Wales. (I used the past tense because Richard was definitely killed by the werewolf McNair; I'm not sure - yet - if Emma survived the slaughter or not.)

They had a large estate, due to Richard being a carpet magnate. And on that estate, tucked away in the garden, are the graves of six humans who were drained dry by the vampires.

There's probably seven graves now, as Richard and Emma feasted on a gimp weirdo who gave up his career as well as his past life as a family man for the fleeting excitement of his carnal desires, even if it did mean he was doomed to a shortened life.

And all the other six, for whatever reason, willingly sacrificed their lives as well to take part in Emma and Richard's depravities.

The role of Number Seven appears to be Morgan James' first role in Toobworld, so we don't have any other one-shot characters of his to make the claim that one of them could have been the latest victim of Richard and Emma. But with the other six, any one of them could be TV characters from other shows who were just forgotten by the show runners as time went by. Victims of the "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome".

I'm not sure of their timelines - some of them may have lasted with Richard and Emma for a few years; at least one of them could have been with them for a decade.

Most of the "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome" victims were American TV characters. I would imagine there must be several characters from 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' - or, closer to home for Emma and Richard - 'Pobol y Cwm' and 'Caerydydd' - who fell off the map. (We just have to remember that Number Four was the only woman. And she may have been suffering from Epstein-Barre. Anybody know of a British or Welsh TV woman who fits the bill?)

To tie up loose ends in that corner of Toobworld, we could always claim that these lost characters ended up as fertilizer in Richard and Emma's garden. But I'm not the one who's going to be doing the research.......


* Yes, I've changed my mind about Emma's place in the family tree of Gwen from 'Gavin & Stacey' - she's probably a long-lost ancestor from over 100 years earlier. And I'd like to think she had been a member of the Hellfire Club ('The Avengers') back then.......

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