Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1

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You know from the first scene that Channel 4’s new conspiracy thriller is strong stuff. We’re in a comic shop. Two strangers enter and start asking questions. Then they start gassing people. It’s blank and strange and it gives you the sense that we’re in a world where nobody is safe – just what you want in this sort of thing.

From there, we have to do our own jigsaw work with oddly shaped pieces of plot. Someone is blackmailing a civil servant, who prepares to take his own life. An 11-year-old boy eats a salad cream sandwich and sets about breaking into a car. An IT worker has a row with his boss. A student pitches to do a PhD on a legendary graphic novel... And that graphic novel is at the heart of this six-part series.

Some incredibly nasty men are after the manuscript, which contains dark secrets, and soon the members of an online forum devoted to it are sucked into real-world horrors.

The story is scripted cleverly and filmed with a kind of flat, haunting beauty. Oh, and Stephen Rea from The Shadow Line is in it, too. He only has about two lines to say, but he’s brilliant.

Summary

Five members of an online forum agree to meet after gaining possession of the original manuscript for fabled graphic novel The Utopia Experiments. Unbeknown to them, a shadowy organisation known as the Network is in pursuit of the comic book and its agents are prepared to kill to secure the prize. Thriller, starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Alexandra Roach, Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins and Stephen Rea.

Cast & Crew

Wilson Wilson Adeel Akhtar
The Assistant James Fox
Dugdale Paul Higgins
Arby Neil Maskell
Jessica Hyde Fiona O'Shaughnessy
Geoff Alistair Petrie
Conran Letts Stephen Rea
Becky Alexandra Roach
Ian Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Grant Oliver Woollford
Greg Oliver Dimsdale
Jen Ruth Gemmell
Anya Anna Madeley
Lee Paul Ready
Reynolds Michael Smiley
Bejan Mark Stobbart
Det Leeman Gary Cargill
Grant’s mum Sarah Churm
Roy Paapa Essiedu
Marcus Simon Farnaby
Diane Hermione Gulliford
Teenager Joshua James
Clerk Danny Kirrane
Bev Eleanor Matsuura
Joe Gerard Monaco
Lawyer Andrew Readman
Milton Wilson Stewart Scudamore
Large man Gavin Spokes
Headteacher Dan Tetsell
Director Marc Munden
Executive Producer Karen Wilson
Executive Producer Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer Dennis Kelly
Producer Rebekah Wray-Rogers
Writer Dennis Kelly
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