SVT and Matador Films will premiere creator Lars Lundström’s new Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans (Äkta människor)” on Jan. 22. The one-hour, 10-episode series centers on robots so human-like that some party-poopers decide they should not be used for dirty sex and servitude, but instead granted equal rights.
And, suddenly, “Small Wonder” doesn’t seem quite as innocent a family show as we once thought. I never trusted Ted Lawson and United Robotronics.
Couldn’t get past the the robot boobs? This is the official synopsis:
“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 His wife has left him for her Hubot and all of his human coworkers have been replaced by Hubots as well.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” is directed by Harald Hamrell och Levan Akin and stars Andreas Wilson (Kill Your Darlings) as Leo, Eva Röse (Storm) as Niska, and Lisette Pagler as topless Asian Hubot Mimi.
The show will premiere on Swedish network SVT1, but don’t panic; you’ll still get a chance to see the series as format and international distribution rights have been sold to U.K. distro-house Shine Group.