Humans

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Humans Preview 1st June 2015.

Moments of madness feed the soul. That’s my opinion and I indulge as often as I can.

BFI Southbank in London held the preview screening of Humans and I calculated that, minus the train journeys, watching the preview, and sleeping, I was actually only there for six hours. However, I have to subtract the time spent on the rush hour tube where my life ebbed away, so it was actually only four and a half hours!

What makes us Human? Can a synthetic creation think and feel the way we do? And if so, what do we do about it? Channel 4’s eight-part drama takes such a scenario and turns it into a hair-raising thriller and a rumination of the nature of humanity.

Joe (Tom Goodman Hill) invests in a synth to give his family back the time they so desperately need and to help them reconnect. But there’s something about Anita (Gemma Chan), something that makes her almost human.

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Now, I have to be honest, the main reason I travelled to London for four and a half hours was because of Colin Morgan. He plays Leo, a human on the run with his synth, Max. The two unlikely companions are desperately searching for someone. But who? Why is Leo’s synth different from the others? And why can you see traits of Max in Anita?

I don’t do ‘scary’ or even ‘slightly scary’ so I was a bit worried I was going to spend the whole hour with my fingers jammed firmly across my eyes. To my relief, Humans is more psychological thriller than *insert name of gory frightfest here*

A Q&A with the creatives and cast rounded off the evening. Katherine Parkinson, who plays the mother, drew me to her throughout the thirty-minute talk. She’s a naturally funny woman and I remember her from numerous TV shows including Sherlock.

The Director asked the audience who would own a synth? Half put their hands up. I didn’t. I would find it impossible to relinquish control. Most of the hands in the air belonged to young people and I wondered if the older you got, the more fearful you became of the unknown.

It’s difficult to blog about the preview and the Q&A without giving away spoilers, so I will finish off by saying if you watch one thing on Channel 4 this summer, watch Humans.

Humans photo credit: Nicole. @Narlth

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