Humans gets second series commission

Synths charged up for more episodes

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Channel 4/AMC’s hit series Humans has been recommissioned for a second series of eight episodes.

Set in a parallel present, Humans explores what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred, when a family discovers their Synth is sentient.

The series is Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years, and among AMC’s top five cable drama launches among adults 25-54 in the U.S.

The first series – which starred Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front and William Hurt – tapped into society’s preoccupation with and mistrust of advancing technology and artificial intelligence. What does it mean to be human? Can the very traits through which we define humanity (love, trust, loyalty, friendship, sacrifice) be taught? What really is family? Exploring humans’ inherent fear of the unknown and the possible implications of granting machines consciousness, the final episode will leave viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger – will the synth family come together and find a way to create sentience in others like them?

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”.

Derek Wax, Executive Producer, Kudos added; “As producers, we’re so thrilled to have been able to work with Sam and Jon on such provocative and challenging ideas and stories. We’re delighted that viewers have connected with the series so wholeheartedly and look forward to continuing the wonderfully collaborative relationship with Channel 4 and AMC. And of course, going back to Synth School to learn some new moves for series two”

Humans is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), and produced by Kudos (Spooks, Utopia) in association with Matador Films.

Humans series 2 will go into production in 2016.