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.
According to Variety and the Radio Times, the English-language version will be called Humans and will be written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks). It'll air on Channel 4 in the U.K., and on the Xbox in the U.S., with Channel 4 and Xbox producing it along with Kudos, the production company behind Broadchurch.
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 of Doctor 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?