‘HIM’, a story of relationships, love, loss, betrayal & passion.
ITV commissioned a new three-part ‘domestic horror’, HIM written by acclaimed, award-winning writer Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, The Politician’s Husband).
Produced by Mainstreet Pictures (Unforgotten), HIM focuses on a 17-year-old boy, (known only in the drama as HIM) who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. He is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their new-found domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”.
But his behaviour is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother understands, who urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.
When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, said: “Him tells the gripping story of a boy capable of psychic phenomena. It’s extraordinary and unlike any drama we’ve commissioned before.”
HIM will be produced by Chrissy Skinns (The Last Kingdom, Mr Selfridge) and directed by Andy De Emmony (Lucky Man, Bletchley Circle). Filming will begin in suburban London in January 2016.