Foreign Bodies is the story of a motley crew of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.
“Tom Basden and the team of outstanding British writers have created a show that perfectly captures the hilarity of a gap year going wrong when five would-be travelers embark on an epic quest to find paradise…and themselves. I’m thrilled that Foreign Bodies will have a U.S. home on TNT and look forward to working with Eleven to bring this fresh and exciting project to both U.K. and U.S. audiences.” – Piers Wenger, head of drama for Channel 4
Newcomer Anders Hayward plays delusional romantic Dylan, who thinks every woman he meets is a potential life partner. Ade Oyefeso is Sean, a friendly, easy-going guy hoping for a bit of escapism. They are joined by emerging Canadian star Brittney Wilson, who plays blunt and headstrong Ashley, a young American student who is academically intelligent but emotionally unintelligent. Alongside her is Alice Lee as May, a highly strung worrier who tends to overthink every situation. British actor, writer, performance poet and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key joins them as Greg, a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. His upbeat energy hides a multitude of problems…
All the members of the gang have personal quests that have brought them halfway round the world. May wants to meet her extended family in China and reconnect with her roots, Ashley is hell-bent on cramming in a lifetime of exotic experiences before she starts her high-flying career back home, Dylan wants to track down and win back his ex-girlfriend, Sean wants to shed his innocence, and Greg, a divorcee who doesn’t want to travel alone, hopes to roll back the years and relive the wild hedonism of his youth. In the end, they may or may not get what they hoped for, but they’ll all come away with something better: The realisation that no matter how far you go, no matter how hard you try, you can’t take a holiday from yourself.
The new eight-part drama, which is will see the friendship group venturing across China, Thailand and Vietnam, was created by actor-writer Tom Basden and is being scripted by Basden, James Wood, Amy Roberts, Loren McLaughlin, Charlie Covell, Tim Key and Jonny Sweet.
“Foreign Bodies is a terrific opportunity for TNT to work with eOne, Eleven and E4 on a series that will appeal to young adults not only in the U.S. and the U.K. but also around the globe. It’s also a great chance to bring Tom Basden’s unique voice to our stateside viewers.” – Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT
Foreign Bodies is scheduled to premiere on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its stateside debut on TNT.