Channel 4 and Kudos – makers of Spooks and Hustle – have joined forces with American cable broadcaster AMC to produce a new 8-part sci-fi drama.
Due to start filming this autumn, 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 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.
The series is adapted by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks), from ‘Real Humans’ the original Swedish production from Sveriges Television (SVT) and Matador Films.
In a joint statement, Kudos and C4 said: “We would like to welcome AMC on-board in a deal which reflects our continued commitment to this ambitious, highly original new drama.
“AMC have produced some of the most exquisitely crafted, ground-breaking, talked about television in recent years and the prospect of working together to deliver a drama of genuine scale and originality to the screen is enormously exciting.”
Joel Stillerman, AMC’s Executive Vice President, added: “Humans is that rare sci-fi series that puts the emphasis squarely on the character aspect of the story, and explores the emotional impact that will come with an increasingly blurry line between human and machine.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Kudos and Channel 4, both of whom have shown a long-standing commitment to smart, and deeply original drama series’”