“Real Humans”, Swedish TV drama about robots, getting English language remake – Ahrvid Engholm (Sweden)

    “Real Humans” (“Äkta människor” in Swedish) series from the swedish national broadcaster SVT (Sveriges Television AB, Sweden’s Television, is the Swedish national public TV) and produced by Matador Films, is a TV drama series in so far two seasons about human-like robots in a near future or parallel present. It’s been exported to more than 50 countries and won wide acclaim. Now an English language remake, titled just “Humans”, is underway. Shooting starts this summer in England and it will be eight one hour episodes, ready in 2015. It will be shown on Channel4 in the UK and on the Xbox platform in North America (and it is likely this new version will also be exported here and there). It is produced by the indie company Kudos.
    (Decision is due shortly about if the Swedish series will get a season 3. SVT in late March couldn’t yet tell.)
    Script is by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley of Britain.

    “Real Humans” follows several robots, interacting with ordinary families, encountering discrimination, getting threatened by computer viruses and anti-robot groups – there is love, action, tragedy. It seems the robots in the English language version will be called “synths”. In the original Swedish series, scripted by Lars Lundström, they are called “hubots”. But such a little detail couldn’t possibly destroy what’s been one of Sweden’s biggest exports in TV entertainment.

    “Real Humans” (“Äkta människor”) second season on ARTE TV from Thursday, from the 15th of May 2014, french and/or german subtitles.

    “Real Humans” first season is rebroadcasted on ARTE TV from the 10th of April to 8th of May 2014 :

    “Real Humans” (“Äkta människor”) premiered on SVT 1 on 22 January 2012. The series was written by Lars Lundström and directed by Harald Hamrell and Levan Akin. As of 2013, the series have been sold to about 50 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, and South Korea.

    Original title :  “Äkta människor”

    Created by Lars Lundström (2012)

    With :  Lisette Pagler, Pia Halvorsen, Johan Paulsen,  Andreas Wilson

    Format  : 55 minutes episodes

    No. of seasons   : 2

    No. of episodes : 20

    Trailer : “Real Humans”, second season :

    © Ahrvid Engholm

    Ahrvid Engholm

    Ahrvid Engholm is a swedish author, editor, journalist and SF fan.


    Charley Jane Anders (io9) : “The Amazing Swedish Show Real Humans Is Getting An English Version” :

    “It’s a crime that the Swedish android show Real Humans (“Äkta människor”) hasn’t gotten aired in the United States yet. It’s widely hailed as one of the best science fiction shows of recent years. But at least, we’re getting an English-language version from the writers behind Spooks.

    Here’s the synopsis of the English version, via Variety:

    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 that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way people 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 harboring a secret.”

    And there’s a quote from Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger, who used to be a producer ofDoctor Who:

    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.”

    Do you think this could possibly live up to the Swedish original ?”


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