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"The Looking Glass"
Series 2, Episode 5
The Looking Glass

Broadcast date 07 February 2010
Written by Tony Basgallop
Directed by Kenny Glenaan
Guest Cast
Episode chronology
"Educating Creature"
"In The Morning"
Sam: "Favourite colour?"
George: "That would be gamboges - it's a kind of orangey-brown."
Sam quizzes George

The Looking Glass is the fifth episode of the second series of Being Human which was first broadcast on February the 7th 2010.


Mitchell is getting closer to Lucy and she, in turn, is struggling to contain her feelings for Mitchell. Mitchell has only really fallen in love once before and, in a flashback to the Sixties, viewers learn how his relationship with Josie saved him from the excesses of vampiredom. Back in the present with Lucy, it's clear he's struggling to reconcile the difference between human love and vampire lust.

Meanwhile, George's relationship with Sam and her daughter, Molly, is going well and George wonders if there might be a chance to make the most of this normal human relationship – could he become Molly's step-father? Annie experiences maternal feelings of her own when she's asked to babysit an unusual child...


  • Jason Watkins' appearance as Herrick in the 1969 flashback is the longer of two cameos he has in this series, despite the character having died at the end of the previous one. It is strongly implied that this is the first time he donned a police uniform, in this case to help Mitchell escape from the surrounded flat.
  • Charlene McKenna here appears as Mitchell's old flame Josie, previously played by Clare Higgins in the final two episodes of series 1. The flashback tells the story of their meeting in 1969.


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

  • Venus in Furs, by The Velvet Underground, from the album Velvet Underground and Nico (1967) - playing on the soundtrack as Mitchell awakes in the 1969 flat surrounded by bodies
  • I'm Into Something Good, by Herman's Hermits, from the album Herman's Hermits (1964) - playing as Mitchell cleans the flat in 1969
  • Funeral March for a Marionette, by Charles Gounod, from the suite Burlesque (1872) - playing on the soundtrack as Annie tells the baby a ghost story. Better known as the theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • Somebody to Love, by Jefferson Airplane, from the album Surrealistic Pillow (1967) - playing on the soundtrack during the intercut sex scenes featuring Mitchell and Josie/Mitchell and Lucy
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