At a time when there is growing evidence that television is dominated by people at the upper end of the social scale, a new writing scheme hopes to break though the medium’s so-called “class ceiling”. With luck, it may also broaden the range of voices heard across TV drama.
It seems that every successful television show needs a degree of serendipity. As we discovered during the latest RTS “Anatomy of a hit” session, Channel 4’s surprise summer hit, Humans, was no exception.
The British producer, Kudos, famous for Spooks, Life on Mars and Broadchurch, got lucky when it got into bed with AMC, the US cable channel equally famous for Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
In Humans, the Channel 4 hit drama, the latest must-have gadget is a synth, a life-like humanoid who undertakes a range of tasks around the home.
From companionship to carrying out domestic duties, we asked members of the public what they would like their synth to do.
Produced by Kudos for Channel 4 and AMC, innovative drama Humans imagines an alternative present where 'synths' have been developed to mimic their human counterparts.