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"Ghost Town"
Series 1, Episode 3
Ghost Town

Broadcast date 8 February 2009
Written by Rachel Anthony
Directed by Alex Pillai
Guest Cast
Episode chronology
"Another Fine Mess"
Mitchell: "I never know with you whether it's Jewish guilt or werewolf guilt."
George: "They're pretty much the same thing."
Mitchell and George talk

Ghost Town is the third episode of Series 1.


Annie meets Gilbert, a ghost from the 1980s, who shows her her own headstone. Her subsequent exploration of why she has remained on Earth after her death results in her discovering that she was actually murdered by Owen, throwing her emotions into conflict.

After Lauren sends Mitchell a DVD of her murdering a man, Mitchell tries to help Lauren give up killing and bring her back to the person she was. George struggles to build a relationship with Nina, unsure of how much he should tell her. Gilbert expresses his love for Annie, and is then permitted to "cross over" to Death through a supernatural doorway. From this, Annie learns that until she fulfills the one thing keeping her Earth-bound, she will never be permitted to cross over.


Aside from Richard Wells' original score, this episode features the following songs:

  • Tainted Love, by Soft Cell, from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981) - playing at the nightclub as Mitchell introduces Annie to Gilbert
  • Girlfriend in a Coma, by The Smiths, from the album Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) - playing on the soundtrack as Gilbert and Annie walk home from the cemetery
  • Ghost Town, by The Specials (1981) - Gilbert listens to this on cassette tape as he walks to Annie's house.
  • In My Room, by Marc and the Mambas, from the album Torment and Toreros (1983) - playing on the stereo at Annie's house while Gilbert smokes
  • Tunnel of Love, by Fun Boy Three (1983) - playing on the soundtrack as Gilbert shows Annie how to have "Gilbert fun"
  • High Tension Line, by The Fall
  • A Promise, by Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Little Garcon, by Born Ruffians
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart, by Joy Division (1980)
  • Torch, by Soft Cell
  • Reward, by The Teardrop Explodes


Annie: Sorry, are we actually having Gilbert fun yet?

Gilbert: [listening to 'In the Room', by Marc and The Mambas] It's sort of a mix of Euro Goth and French Chanson. Marc Almond described it as attempted suicide put on vinyl. 
Annie: Gosh.

Gilbert: [New song starts playing at nightclub] Whoa, hang the DJ! This tune came out in 1990!
Annie: Who are you, the '80s police?

Annie: [seeing her grave for the first time] I've lost the only man I've ever loved more than anything in this world, the children that I wanted, that feeling of...[looks confused] are there two Es in fiancée?
Gilbert: Yeah, there are, yeah.


Being Human BBC Episodes

Series 1: PilotFlotsam and JetsamTullyGhost TownAnother Fine MessWhere The Wild Things AreBad Moon Rising

Series 2: Cure And ContagionServe God, Love Me And MendLong Live The KingEducating CreatureThe Looking GlassIn The MorningDamageAll God's Children

Series 3: LiaAdam's FamilyType 4 The PackThe Longest DayDaddy GhoulThough the Heavens FallThe Wolf-Shaped Bullet

Series 4: Eve Of The WarBeing Human 1955The Graveyard ShiftA Spectre CallsHold the Front PagePuppy LoveMaking HistoryThe War Child

Series 5: The TrinitySticks and RopePie and PrejudiceThe Greater GoodNo Care, All ResponsibilityThe Last Broadcast