Channel 4 and AMC have renewed their sci-fi drama Humans for a second series.
The current series drew a consolidated audience of 6.1m in the UK for its debut episode, making it Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years, and is due to conclude its run this weekend.
The show 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.
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.
But while their synth is hit with the kids, there’s just something about her. Every now and again she does something… almost human.
Season one’s all-star cast includes William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Gemma Chan, Will Tudor and Colin Morgan.
Announcing the show’s recommission, Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at Channel 4 said; “Humans has proved a huge hit with both audiences and critics alike this summer and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley and to the team at Kudos for bringing a truly unmissable show to life.
“It also marks a key moment for Channel 4 as we expand our remit for bold and original drama into the international, co-production space.
“We look forward to working with our partners AMC on series 2 of Humans and to more Synth-related adventures to come”.
Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and Sundance TV, said; “We’re so pleased to announce a second season of Humans and extend our terrific partnership with Channel 4, Kudos and the stellar cast, crew and writers Sam and Jonathan.
“As one of the year’s top new cable series, ‘Humans’ has been embraced by fans and critics across the U.S. and UK.
“We’re looking forward to continuing this very captivating story and further exploring the show’s parallel, Synth-filled world that hits so disturbingly close to home.”