Swedish public broadcaster SVT starts its new science fiction TV drama on january 22. Real Humans asks the question, what happens when robots become so human that they can barely be distinguished from real people?
SVT’s information about the 10-part series, which – as a science fiction offering – is very rare, is as follows:
Real Humans takes place in a parallel world to our own, in which people’s lives have been completely transformed by the new generation of robots, the Hubots.
They’re used as servants, heavy laborers, company for the lonely and even sex partners. But Hubots also create conflicts – within families, in places of work and among those concerned about public safety. Their intelligence exceeds our own. Are there any jobs left that are not best carried out by a robot? Can they develop feelings of their own? Can a Hubot harm a human being?
Leo and Niska lead a group of rogue Hubots who are fighting for their freedom. But Leo and Niska don’t agree on methods. During an escape, Leo’s beloved Mimi disappears and Leo leaves the group to find her. At the same time, the Engman family decides to buy a used Hubot, against the mother Inger’s wishes – at first. But the Hubot addition to the family, Anita, soon wins her over. A lawyer, Inger soon begins to represent clients who support equal rights for Hubots. Warehouse foreman Roger’s life has begun coming apart at the seams. His wife has left him for her Hubot and all of his human coworkers have been replaced by Hubots as well. Roger joins a resistance movement. Behind the everyday facade, a whole new world is coming to life.
Real Humans premieres on Sunday 22 January on SVT1 and SVT Play
Created by Lars Lundström and directed by Harald Hamrell och Levan Akin, Real Humans is produced by SVT and Matador Films in collaboration with Danmarks Radio and YLE, with funding from Nordisk Film och TV Fond and Nordvisionsfonden. SVT and Matador Films have also struck a deal with the Shine Group in the UK for format rights and international distribution of the series.
It is very rare that Sweden’s biggest TV channel, public broadcaster SVT, develops and airs sci-fi drama.