Channel 4 has teamed up with Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios in commissioning Humans.
Humans is an English language adaption of Sverige’s Television (SVT) and Matador Films’ acclaimed drama series Real Humans.
Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.
When a rushed-off-his-feet suburban father of three buys a refurbished second-hand Synth, he hopes it will relieve some domestic pressure and paper over the cracks of his marriage. But sharing their life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences – for this Synth, the cuckoo in the nest, is harbouring an extraordinary secret.
“In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, but they’re also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live. I’m thrilled to be working once again with the team at Kudos and to be partnering with Xbox to bring this extraordinary and epic series to the screen.
“This is the first co-production commission to benefit from Channel 4’s increased investment in drama and reaffirms our commitment to ambitious, highly original drama series.”
– Channel 4 Head of Drama, Piers Wenger
The eight-part series will be produced by Kudos and will share a 2015 premiere broadcast window on both Channel 4 in the UK and the Xbox platform in North America.
Filming in the UK will begin in summer 2014, with casting to be announced.