Drama

Channel 4 commissions a second series of Humans

The dystopian Channel 4 drama Humans has been recommissioned for a second series.

The show is set in an alternative present where Synths – robotic servants who eerily resemble humans – are a must-have household gadget. Over eight episodes, the science fiction drama has explored the consequences of artificial intelligence.

Humans has been the highest rated Channel 4 original drama in over 20 years with its debut launch in June garnering an audience total of 6.1 million.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to make it in drama production

Drama is a brilliant genre to work in, but you need to have a real passion for it to succeed, says Patrick Spence, Managing Director of Fifty Fathoms Productions.
 
Patrick started out as a script editor on Cracker, before going on to commission shows including Waking the Dead and Line of Duty. Since founding Fifty Fathoms, he has executive produced Sky Atlantic crime thriller Fortitude and RTS award-winning Marvellous.

Brits triumph at the Emmy nominations

Brits dominated nominations at the recently announced 2015 Emmys with Game Of Thrones leading the way with 24 nods.  

Highly acclaimed period dramas Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall were given three nominations each. The ITV show set in the 1920s is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series while the BBC Tudor drama is selected for Outstanding Limited Series.

Emma Thompson, who starred in the live broadcast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is up for Outstanding Actress in a mini-series.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to become a drama director

Drama directing is an immensely fun job but also highly competitive. You need determination and imagination to succeed according to Christiana Ebohon. 

Christiana has over fifteen years in the industry. She has been behind some of the most recognisable series, directing Doctors, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. As well as drama series, she has made a number of award-winning short films and is now trying her hand at high end drama and features. Here she offers her best advice on becoming a drama director.

 

The most-watched sci-fi TV shows in UK history

Sci-fi series Humans was recently announced as Channel 4’s most successful original drama after securing 4 million viewers for its Sunday night pilot. The genre has continued to shock, excite and amaze in equal measures but which shows have gone down in UK history as the most watched? Take a look at our selection…