Airdate: Real Humans

Next weekend SBS begins Real Humans, a 10 part Swedish sci-fi thriller set in a parallel present in which the artificial human has come into its own.

Could make a good double with Hunted.

Robots no longer have anything robot-like about them. New technology and advancements in the field of science have made it possible to manufacture a product – a kind of mechanised servant – that is so similar to a real human that it can often be considered a perfectly good substitute.

The human robot, better known as the ‘hubot’, has given rise to new problems and dilemmas. Tricky legal questions have increasingly started to occupy people’s minds about whether the hubots have some form of rights, such as being paid for work. And as an ever growing number of people form intimate relationships with hubots, the boundaries between human and machine are becoming blurred.

Episode One:
Leo, Mimi and Niska belong to a group of rogue hubots fighting for freedom while being chased by the police. Mimi is captured by humans and sold on the black market. Leo goes on a mission to find her.

At the same time, the Engman family buys a new hubot for Granddad Lennart when his faithful old one Odi crashes. In the bargain they get a used model with a mysterious past.

Saturday, 1 December at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.


  1. I know this is old news, but they’ve already commissioned an English language version of ‘Real Humans’ which will be remade by British company Kudos (owned by Shine which has brought us the likes of Masterchef)

  2. @Secret Squirrel – it’s actually sad isn’t it?
    (Off the subject again – sorry David!)
    You’d think with the 20 staff writers on every TV show these days they’d hire just one who knew a little about the requisite core skills of their characters. It would take so little extra effort to turn a mundane production into a good one.
    Or maybe we’re just tech-nerds? Nah!

  3. Secret Squirrel

    Fieldcraft, sheesh. In yesterday’s show, how Carrie wasn’t spotted moving across the open field on a moonlit night, I don’t know. As for her field-tech buddy, he obviously hasn’t had any training because he used the brakes to (supposedly) surreptitiously bring his van to a stop about a k up the road, yet you can see brake lights for miles at night.

    Don’t get me started on the amateruishness of everyone in Hunted.

  4. @Secret Squirrel: “Squirrel Corp” – lol.
    I must check the Register of Business Names to see if you’re joking or simply getting in a free plug for your firm on DK’s site! Right now I’m watching the ‘Bourne Identity’ for the 500th time, so yeah, I’d watch ‘Bladerunner’ too if it was put back on just once this century! (BTW – you’re a ‘fieldcraft’ expert, I reckon I’d watch Homeland if they used techniques like Ludlum described.)

  5. Secret Squirrel

    @steveany – I haven’t seen Blade Runner for about 10 years. I could def watch it again altho’ I wouldn’t want it to displace Prada or any Adam Sandler non-comedy.

    Good pick-up re Sean’s chair – I had missed the significance. Thought it said “Squirrel Corp”.

    @Craig – I hear ya but why wait for what will prob be an inferior product?

  6. This looks interesting. I like ‘believeable’ scifi and European work in particular appeals to me.
    @S Squirrel – nuts to you pal, you beat me to the draw (yet again) re ‘Bladerunner’. That’s one top-notch scifi that could be run on Ch10 once in a blue moon instead of ‘The Devil wears Prada’.
    I presume Ch10 owns the rights as Sean Micallef uses a Tyrrel Corp chair in TBYG 🙂

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