HUMANS, an adaptation of the award winning Swedish series Real Humans, the drama, produced by Shine’s Kudos (“Utopia”, “Broadchurch”), is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.
Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans.
Cast: Oscar winner William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson (“The Honorable Woman”), Tom Goodman-Hill (“Mr Selfridge”), Colin Morgan (“The Fall”), Rebecca Front (“The Thick Of It”), Neil Maskell (“Utopia”) and Gemma Chan (“Fresh Meat”) and Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones”).
Synopsis: In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.
Parkinson plays Laura, a woman who seems to have it all — a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband, three children. But inside she’s struggling with her own unresolved demons. In a misguided attempt to help the situation her husband Joe, played by Tom Goodman Hill, buys a Synth. Played by Gemma Chan, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be — but every now and then, she does something inexplicable. Something almost human.
Morgan joins the cast as Leo, who’s desperately trying to track down someone from his past; Front plays the overbearing carer synth, Vera; and Maskell takes on the role of police officer Peter Drummond, who works for the Special Technologies Task Force.