Humanoid synthetics have become an inextricable part of society, obediently serving and protecting the human population. But what happens when these synths are given the right to consciousness and their own free will?
Series 2 of Humans picks up several months on from the events of series one, Niska (Emily Berrington) is still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage.
As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight.
In the US, Milo Khoury (Marshall Allman), a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology company is pioneering new research. But he needs help and attempts to recruit Dr Athena Morrow (Carrie-Anne Moss) - the country’s pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert. Suspicious of his motives and focussed on her own work Morrow is single-minded in her drive to create a new kind of machine consciousness.
As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?
Humans is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks: The Greater Good) with Joe Barton, Charlie Covell and Iain Weatherby, the series is produced by Kudos in association with Matador Films. Executive producers are Derek Wax (The Hour, Capital) and Chris Fry (The Smoke, Spooks) for Kudos, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. The new series is produced by Paul Gilbert, and directed by Lewis Arnold (Humans, Broadchurch), Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror: White Bear), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth about Emanuel) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian). Humans was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell; and Joel Stillerman and Kristin Jones for AMC (American Movie Classics).