The Makers of Spooks and Life on Mars to Bring ‘Utopia’ to Channel 4

So this stellar production team are now developing a project with some close links to the comics world.


Kudos may have made some missteps in some of the their more recent projects (Eternal Law and Outcasts) but when they get it right we get the likes of Spooks, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Hustle. Because of those shows I still get excited when this company announce something new  and Utopia sounds very much up my street.

Conspiracy theory turned terrifyingly real is the subject of a brand-new six-part drama series (6 x 60′), Utopia, written by Dennis Kelly, the co-creator of the Olivier-Award-winning Matilda, and greenlit by Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt.

When a small group of people find themselves in possession of a manuscript of cult graphic novel Utopia, their lives are knocked out of kilter by explosive events. Targeted by a shadowy organisation known only as The Network, they are left with one option if they want to survive: they have to run.

Rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century, Utopia is legendary. Dismissed by most, idolised by few, only one thing seems certain: come into contact with it, and you won’t be safe for long.

Never able to return home, our characters’ lives are immediately transformed. Unable to contact anyone on the outside, they live in constant fear of discovery – even though they have no idea why they are being pursued. All they know is that The Network is all-pervasive; in government, in business and in charge. Nobody knows what their plan is, only that they will stop at nothing.

Jay Hunt says: “Utopia is everything you expect from a Channel 4 drama – witty, utterly compelling and impossible to ignore – and I’m delighted that as part of our increased commitment to new drama on the channel, we’re working with one of the UK’s leading writing talents, Dennis Kelly.”

Written by Dennis Kelly (Matilda, Spooks) and directed by Marc Munden (The Mark of Cain, The Crimson Petal and the White), Utopia will be produced by Kudos Film & TV for Channel 4. The producer is Rebekah Wray-Rogers (This is England ’88) and executive producers are Karen Wilson (Hustle, Spooks), Jane Featherstone (Spooks, Life on Mars, The Hour) and Dennis Kelly.

Sounds like this could be a lot of fun. I just hope we don’t handed another set of stereotyped comic reading folks and we get some well-rounded characters in there.

The series isn’t out until next yeas but watch this space for more news as the show develops.

Source:Channel 4
GS Reporter:Nuge

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