Space Explores the Murky Bond Between Man and Machine with the Canadian Premiere of REAL HUMANS, November 8

— October 23, 2014

“... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.” ? Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

 

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TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – This November, Space says “domo arigato” to Swedish sci-fi drama series, REAL HUMANS. Set in a parallel world in which humanoid robots, or “hubots,” act as labourers and servants, the 10-episode, one-hour series explores what can happen when human workers, friends, parents, and even lovers, are replaced with robots. Sub-titled for English audiences, REAL HUMANS debuts with a special premiere event, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET following the Season 8A finale of DOCTOR WHO. Then, beginning, November 12, REAL HUMANS moves to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, with the first two episodes airing back-to-back. The acclaimed, character-driven series is set to be rebooted in English in 2015.


REAL HUMANS is uncanny

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In REAL HUMANS, new technology and advancements in the field of science have made it possible to manufacture The Human Robot (hubot), a kind of mechanized servant that is so similar to a real human, it can often be considered a perfectly good substitute. While the hubot was created to make life easier and more efficient for humans, it’s also given rise to new dilemmas including thorny legal and humanitarian questions such as who is responsible for hubot actions and misdemeanors, and what their labour and personal rights are. As an ever-growing number of people form relationships with hubots, the boundaries between human and machine become blurred thus challenging humanity on what it means to be ‘human.’

In the premiere of REAL HUMANS (Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET), Leo (Andreas Wilson) and Niska (Eva Röse) lead a group of rogue hubots who are fighting for their freedom. During an escape, Mimi (Lisette Pagler) disappears and Leo leaves the group to find her. At the same time, the Engman family decides to buy a used hubot, which has unexpected consequences for the entire family. Warehouse foreman Roger’s (Leif Andrée) life has begun coming apart at the seams. After his wife leaves him for her hubot, and all of his human coworkers have been replaced, Roger joins a resistance movement. Behind the everyday façade, something nasty is brewing.

 

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Andrea Allen, Space, 416.384.5375 or andrea.allen@bellmedia.ca

Mary Costa, Space, 416.384.7702 or mary.costa@bellmedia.ca