IT'S MAN VERSUS MACHINE AS PRODUCTION BEGINS ON SEASON THREE OF CHANNEL 4, AMC AND KUDOS' ACCLAIMED DRAMA SERIES, "HUMANS"
"Catastrophe" and "Apple Tree Yard" star Mark Bonnar Joins the Cast
New York/London - September 22, 2017 AMC and Channel 4 confirmed today that filming on Season 3 of the Kudos-produced, critically acclaimed series "Humans" has commenced. With writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley leading the writing team, the series is set in a parallel present and explores what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred. The eight-episode third season is slated to premiere next year.
Joining the cast this season is "Catastrophe" and "Apple Tree Yard" star Mark Bonnar. Bonnar plays Neil Sommer, an intriguingly charming scientist on a government commission with whom Laura develops a strong personal connection. He joins series regulars Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Ruth Bradley.
Season 3 provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society. Timely and relevant, the new season unfolds on a bigger scale than ever before, in a deeply divided Britain, and continues to ask the question: Are sentient synths entitled to be treated as human?
Returning one year after the dawn of consciousness, a decimated and oppressed Synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them. In a divided Britain, Synths and humans struggle to broker an uneasy peace, but when fractures within the Synth community itself start to appear, all hope of stability comes under threat.
Set against the maelstrom of political chaos, the ethical complexities of the dawn of a new species play out across a thrilling multi-stranded narrative. As the synth family, Mia (Chan), Niska (Berrington) and Max (Jeremiah) continue to battle for their right to survival, Joe (Goodman-Hill), Laura (Parkinson) and their children Mattie, Toby and Sophie struggle to come to terms with the cataclysmic events of the last season and their deeply polarised views on the implications of the singularity.
"Humans" is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley ("Spooks: The Greater Good"), Debbie O'Malley, Namsi Khan, Jonathan Harbottle, Melissa Iqbal and Daisy Coulam. It is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama "Real Humans" created by Lars Lundstrom and produced by SVT and Matador Film.
The new season is executive produced by Derek Wax, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley for Kudos in association with Wild Mercury Productions; Lars Lundstrom and Henrik Widman for Matador Films; and is produced by Vicki Delow for Kudos. The third season was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Kristin Jones for AMC.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series with "Mad Men" in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before "Breaking Bad" won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series "The Walking Dead" is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC's other current original drama series include "Better Call Saul," "TURN: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Humans," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands," "The Night Manager," "Preacher," "The Son," "Loaded" and the forthcoming "The Terror," "Lodge 49" and "McMafia." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "Talking With Chris Hardwick," "The Making of The Mob," "Comic Book Men," and "Ride with Norman Reedus." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
About Channel 4
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with over 300 creative companies across the UK every year. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, Channel4.com and digital service All 4. For more information, visit: http://www.channel4.com/
Kudos is part of the Endemol Shine Group with recent credits including Broadchurch III (ITV), Man In An Orange Shirt (BBC ONE) & The Boy With The Top Knot (BBC TWO). Recent titles include Apple Tree Yard (BBC One), Grantchester (ITV), Flowers (Channel 4), River (BBC One) and Capital (BBC One).
About Wild Mercury
Wild Mercury, part of the Endemol Shine Group, was established in 2016 by Derek Wax, whose past credits as Executive Producer at Kudos include Capital (BBC One), Humans (Channel 4), The Hour (BBC2), From There to Here and Occupation (BBC One). Wild Mercury's first project, in association with Kudos, is TROY, FALL OF A CITY, currently in production for BBC and Netflix and the current production of HUMANS in association with Kudos.
About Endemol Shine Group
Endemol Shine Group is a global content powerhouse creating world class content for all platforms.
As a producer and distributor, Endemol Shine Group works on a unique local and global axis comprising of more than 100 companies in over 20 markets.
The company is the world's largest independent producer and traveller of formats with 43 being adapted outside their own market in 2016.
Global hits include many non-scripted formats such as Masterchef, Big Brother, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Fear Factor and Hunted.
The drama portfolio boasts worldwide blockbusters such as Black Mirror, Humans, Peaky Blinders and Broadchurch which have each sold in 100 or more markets. Endemol Shine Group is also behind Sweden's critically acclaimed hit Bron/The Bridge which has been successfully adapted for different local regions.
Delivering 700 productions in over 50 languages, the Group's portfolio enthralls and inspires across scripted and non-scripted genres; coupled with digital, gaming, brands and licensing and distribution operations.