Channel 4 orders ‘Humans’ sci-fi drama from ‘Spooks’ writers

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Channel 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios have teamed up to co-produce new drama series Humans.

Based on the hit Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the eight-part series is written by British duo Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good).

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The official synopsis reads: “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.”

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Channel 4 Head of Drama, Piers Wenger commented: “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.”

Executive producer Jane Featherstone added: “Exploring themes of love, discrimination and integration, this thrilling, beautifully written series allows us to get under the skin of what it means to be human in the most compelling way. The bold, innovative storylines and subject matter lend themselves perfectly to this pioneering collaboration with Channel 4 and Xbox.”

Humans will begin filming in the UK this summer and will air on Channel 4 in 2015.

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