Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series of ten epic, ambitious and moving standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world – some which lie in the far reaches of the universe and time and others which are much, much closer to home. While the stories may be worlds apart, central to each is the poignant and warm exploration of the importance and significance of humanity.
Starts September 17th, 9pm on Channel 4 (UK)
Starts September 18th on Stan (Aus)
Starts 2018 on Amazon (USA)
The Hood Maker
writer: Matthew Graham
director: Julian Jarrold
cast: Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Anneika Rose
synopsis: Set in a world without advanced technology and where mutant telepaths have become humanity’s only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended implications and when the public begin to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives with an entangled past are brought in to investigate.
The Impossible Planet
writer/director: David Farr
cast: Jack Reynor, Geraldine Chaplin, Benedict Wong
synopsis: Two disillusioned, disenchanted and indifferent space tourism employees take up an elderly woman’s request for a trip back to Earth… the existence of which is a long-debunked myth. She appears easily confused, plus she’s rich – so, for the right payment, what’s the harm in indulging her fantasies? As the journey unfolds, however, their scam begins to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet surprise.
writer: Jack Thorne
director: Tom Harper
cast: Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton
synopsis: An unassuming employee at a train station is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist.
writer: Ronald D. Moore
director: Jeffrey Reiner
cast: Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin, Lara Pulver
synopsis: A policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.
writer: Tony Grisoni
director: Marc Munden
cast: Steve Buscemi, Julia Davis, Sidse Babett Knudsen
synopsis: Ed Morris is as average a man as ever there was, when approached by a gorgeous synthetic woman with an illegal plan that could change his life completely, a smitten Ed decides to help... and then his world really begins to crumble.
writer: Jessica Mecklenburg
director: Francesca Gregorini
cast: Bryan Cranston, Essie Davis, Liam Cunningham
synopsis: A woman suffering in a loveless marriage finds that upon his return from battle, her emotionally abusive husband suddenly appears to be a different man - in more ways than one.
Kill All Others (coming in early 2018)
writer/director: Dee Rees
cast: Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga
synopsis: A man hangs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a politician makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. When one man dares to question the situation he becomes an instant target.
Autofac (coming in early 2018)
writer: Travis Beacham
director: Peter Horton
cast: Janelle Monae, Juno Temple
synopsis: Despite society and the world as we know it having collapsed, a massive, automatic product-manufacturing factory continues to operate according to the principles of consumerism - humans consume products to be happy, and in order to consume continuously, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will. When a small band of rebels decide to shut down the factory, they discover they may actually be the perfect consumers after all.
Safe And Sound (coming in early 2018)
writers: Kalen Egan, Travis Sentell
director: Alan Taylor
cast: Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney
synopsis: A small-town girl, already gripped with social anxiety, moves to a big futuristic city with her mother. Exposed for the first time to urban society’s emphasis on security and terrorist prevention, it isn’t long before her school days are consumed by fear and paranoia. She soon finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places.
Father Thing (coming in early 2018)
writer/director: Michael Dinner
cast: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Mireille Enos
synopsis: The world is under attack as aliens quietly invade our homes. Our young hero must make the most difficult decisions imaginable, to protect his Mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realise that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.
Den of Geek: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: spoiler-free review
GQUK Magazine: Episode one review: The Hood Maker
Financial Times: Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, Channel 4 — ‘worth staying in for’
RadioTimes: Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams: a real Runner or just Black Meh-ror? [<- fuck this pun]
The Guardian: Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker review – will make you want to take a look in the (Black) Mirror
News[dot]com[dot]au: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is mind-bendingly good
DigitalSpy: 'The Hood Maker' is intelligent science fiction
The Guardian: The endless adaptability of Philip K Dick
Den of Geek: Visiting the set of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Wired UK: Bryan Cranston on the beauty of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
Sydney Morning Herald: In a mirror, darkly: the 'locks are off' for Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, say producers [<-this pun is great though]