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Series 1 - Episode 2
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On the face of it, this eerie fable is about robots that trigger problems by becoming too human. But in fact, that’s a cover for a subtler satire on how humans behave robotically if we’re not careful.
When ageing scientist George (William Hurt) finds himself bullied by his stern NHS robot (Rebecca Front), it feels like a dig at the way health services try to nanny us. But in the stories of mum Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and police officer Pete (Neil Maskell) there’s a wider point, as they become frustrated by their own uselessness compared to their flawless domestic helpers – in Pete’s case there’s almost the sense he has been cuckolded.
George's worst fears are realised when he is assigned a new synth whom he cannot stand. Laura feels threatened by Anita's presence in her home, and Fred is held captive in Hobb's facility, which leads him to fear for the future of the human race. Meanwhile, Niska is forced to endure horrific degradations while undercover in the synth brothel, and Leo's search for information leads him down a dangerous path.
Cast & Crew
Dr George Millican
DI Karen Voss
DS Pete Drummond
Caroline Lee Johnson
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