The first season of the drama series Real Humans garnered a broad and enthusiastic audience when it aired in spring 2012. Newspapers and the social media saw intense discussion – to such a degree that the word ‘hubot’ was included in the Swedish Language Council’s list of new words for the year. Now shooting has finally begun of the second season.
season followed a group of people whose lives were dramatically changed by the
new generation of robots – hubots. Many existential questions arose about what
happens in our lives and relationships when robots become so human that they
can barely be distinguished from actual human beings.
In season two, some time has passed since the end of the first season. It is
the continuation of a story of a world in transition. A world where the
boundaries between human and machine are being erased and at the same time intensified.
A virulent virus is spreading like a pandemic, making infected hubots
uncontrollable and dangerous. The general public is advised to have their hubot
units tested and not to download programs or updates from unsafe sources on the
net. This is a threat that will have dire consequences for our main characters.
Many of the
main characters and actors from the first season will be returning, but we will
also see many new faces.
(Lisette Pagler) has become a welcome member of the Engman family, but she
struggles with her identity. What is she? Does she belong among hubots or
humans? Reality encroaches on the Engmans’ lives when Inger (Pia Halvorsen) is
drawn into a complex legal case which might lead to hubots gaining equal human
rights in the eyes of the law.
(Josephine Alhanko), or Florentine, as she now calls herself, makes her dreams
come true, finding a home and a man when she meets Douglas (Alexander Karim), who
falls for her beauty and cool charm. Douglas is the son of wealthy Claes
Janerus (Lars-Erik Berenett), the founder and owner of the law firm where Inger
Robertson) is searching desperately for David’s lost code – the code that can
liberate all hubots. She is bound and determined to free her kind from the
tyranny of humanity. Jonas (Måns Nathanaelson) is also searching for the code,
but for a completely different reason. Disabled and disfigured, he dreams of
re-creating himself as a clone – a free and beautiful hubot. To finance his
project, he opens ‘Hubbattle Land’, a kind of amusement park where people can
pay to viciously hunt down hubots. With no other job opportunities in sight,
Roger (Leif Andrée) finds himself working here, running the macabre business
alongside Odi (Alexander Stocks).
resistance to hubot integration is growing ever stronger. Roger’s son Kevin
(Fredrik Silbersky) becomes involved in the Real Humans youth association, a
militant, but also politically well organised group with the ultimate goal of
was created by writer Lars Lundström and director Harald Hamrell, who is
currently directing episodes 1–4 of season two. Episodes 5–7 are being directed
by Kristina Humle. As before, Lundström is writing the scripts, this time in
collaboration with Alex Haridi.
in the cast include Johan Paulsen, Anki Larsson, Peter Viitanen, Happy Jankell,
Nanna Blondell, Shebly Niavarani, Sten Elfström, Kjell Wilhelmsen, Natalie
Minnevik, Louise Peterhoff, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, André Sjöberg and Ellen
also became an international hit when Kudos Film & Television and Shine
International bought the remake rights and the rights to distribute the series
internationally. As of this date the series has been sold for distribution in
almost 50 countries including Great Britain, Australia and Latin America.
German and French television begin airing in April.
is a co-production between SVT and Matador Film. Shooting will continue until
August and ten new episodes will air on SVT1 in autumn 2013.