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‘Humans’ Canceled After Three Seasons on AMC, Channel 4

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AMC and Channel 4 are waving farewell to Humans.

The U.S. basic cable network and the U.K. outlet — who both co-produced the scripted drama — have opted to cancel the series after three seasons. Writers and executive producers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent shared the news Monday via a heartfelt post on social media.

“Sadly there won’t be a 4th season of Humans. In this agent of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints. Channel 4 & AMC were the perfect partners. They supported the show brilliantly and above all — let us make three seasons!” the duo wrote. “We know we left some threads hanging. That was the way we always wrote the show. Maybe one day we’ll get a chance to pick them back up. If there’s anyone out there with a few million quid and an interest in AI stories, we’re all ears.” (Read the full post, below.)

The drama was based on the Swedish format Real Humans, with Vincent and Brackley boarding to adapt the project for AMC and Channel 4. Channel 4 originally partnered with Xbox Entertainment Studios to develop Humans in 2014. AMC stepped in after Xbox Studios was shuttered by Microsoft.

The decision to cancel Humans arrives almost a year to the day after season three premiered on both networks. Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley, Lucy Carless and Gemma Chan starred on the series.

Humans‘cancellationarrives as AMC is also set to end Into the Badlands, The Son and Preacher this year alone. The cable network next has the new drama NOS4A2 due to bow later this year, and the Jason Segel vehicle Dispatches From Elsewhere and a third Walking Dead scripted series due in 2020. Those join a roster that includes Better Call Saul, Lodge 49, McMafia, The Terror and the flagshipseries The Walking Dead.

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Humans Series 2, Channel 4: cast, locations and 5 things to know


he first series of stylish synth show Humans became Channel 4’s most-watched drama launch ever when it hit screens last year.

So it’s no surprise that a second series is about to kick off, set just a few months after the finale’s nail-biting cliffhanger.

With the subservient synths on the brink of consciousness, the action goes global as the stakes gets even higher in the opening episode.

Here’s everything you need to know about the second series of Humans:

1.The old gang is back

All of the main cast (who weren’t killed off in series one) will be back for the new series, including synths and humans.

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Gemma Chan, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sope Dirisu, Ruth Bradley and Will Tudor are all set to return.

The Hawkins family, including Tom Goodman-Hill and Katherine Parkinson will also be in the new seres.

2. Some famous new faces

Producers have recruited a whole host of new faces for series two as the cast gets an injection of international talent.

Carrie Anne Moss aka Trinty from The Matrix joins as Dr Athena Morrow, a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert from the US.

Prison Break’s Marshall Allman is also on board as a Silicon Valley billionaire and CEO of a leading technology company.

Other newbies include Nashville’s Sam Palladio and Cucumber’s Letitia Wright.

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3. It’s gone global

The action moves outside of the UK this series as the opening episode sees Niska living as a figurative in Berlin.

Over in San Francisco, Dr Morrow attempts pioneering reasearch to bring conscious synths to the mass market.

Back in the UK, the Hawkins try to rebuild their marriage and get on with their lives after the events of series one.

4. What you can expect

Things have definitely stepped up a notch this series with much of the control in the hands of the synths.

While Niska must decide what she is to do with the codes, the rest of the synth gang are laying low in a coastal hideout.

But scientists in the US might be about to change life as we know it for everyone.


5. Who’s behind the new series

The new series has been written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.

A number of directors have been involved, including Lewis Arnold (Humans, Broadchurch), Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror: White Bear), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth about Emanuel) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian).

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Humans (TV series)

2015 British-American science fiction television series

Humans is a science fiction television series that debuted on Channel 4. Written by the British team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, based on the Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans, the series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called "synths". The series is produced jointly by AMC in the United States, and Channel 4 and Kudos in the United Kingdom.

Eight episodes were produced for the first series which aired between 14 June and 2 August 2015. The second eight-episode series was broadcast in the UK between 30 October and 18 December 2016. A third series was commissioned in March 2017 and aired eight episodes between 17 May and 5 July 2018. In May 2019, Channel 4 announced that the series had been cancelled.[1]



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The series focuses on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called "synths". It explores a number of science fiction themes, including artificial intelligence, consciousness, human-robot interaction, superintelligence, mind uploading[2] and the laws of robotics.[3]



Introduced in series 1[edit]

  • Manpreet Bachu[4] as Harun Khan (series 1), a friend of Mattie, who helps her hack the synths.
  • Emily Berrington[5] as Niska, a conscious synth built by David Elster to be Leo's sister, assigned to work as a prostitute when they were separated. She is violent and resentful of humans and wishes to live her own life, but later starts to care about humans. In the second series, she uploads the consciousness program to the synth network, but only a few synths are successfully upgraded. After a whirlwind relationship with Astrid, Niska returns to the Hawkins and asks to be tried as a human for her crimes. In the third series, after Astrid is injured in a terrorist attack, Niska spends the series looking for revenge for her girlfriend. At the end of the third series, Niska meets V, originally Odi, who tells her she is unique and has great power.
  • Ruth Bradley[4] as Karen Voss (series 1–3), a detective inspector and the partner of Detective Sergeant Pete Drummond. Those around her have not discovered that she is a conscious synth and was created by David Elster to replace his deceased wife, Beatrice. Karen wants to end her life but her programming forbids suicide. By the second series, she has become more accepting of her status and is in a relationship with Pete.
  • Lucy Carless[4] as Mattie Hawkins, Laura and Joe's teenage daughter, who is upset that her family is falling apart and angry at the emerging role of synths in society. Despite her own intelligence, she feels useless, claiming that synths will soon be able to do anything she can do. She is skilled in computer programming and hacking.
  • Gemma Chan[5] as Anita/Mia, a servile synth belonging to the Hawkins family. She was sold as new, but is actually Mia, a conscious synth built by David Elster to be Leo's babysitter, kidnapped and hacked with new software. By the second series, she has begun working in a café, and is romantically interested in her employer.
  • Pixie Davies as Sophie Hawkins, Laura and Joe's younger daughter. She names the new family synth Anita after a friend of hers who has moved away, and develops a strong affection for the synth.
  • Jack Derges[4] as Simon (series 1), Jill Drummond's attractive synth caregiver and physiotherapist. Pete is dissatisfied with Simon, thinking that he is his replacement.
  • Sope Dirisu[6] as Fred (series 1), a conscious synth built by David Elster to be a brother to Leo. Professor Hobb likens Fred to the Mona Lisa in terms of the complexity of his design. He has gone missing between the first and second series, although Max believes that he is safe.
  • Rebecca Front[5] as Vera (series 1), a medical synth from the NHS who is supposed to replace Odi as George Millican's caregiver. Millican is frustrated with her relentlessly officious and domineering manner, and generally refuses her help.
  • Tom Goodman-Hill[5] as Joe Hawkins, Laura's husband. He bought Anita because he felt Laura's absence caused a void, and he needed help managing their family.
  • Jill Halfpenny[4] as Jill Drummond (series 1), Pete's disabled wife. She is dissatisfied with Pete.
  • Ivanno Jeremiah[6] as Max, Leo Elster's conscious synth and confidant, built by David Elster to be a brother to Leo.
  • Neil Maskell[6] as Pete Drummond (series 1–2), an unhappy Special Technologies Task Force detective sergeant who has always been suspicious of synths. He is partnered with Karen Voss. By the second series, Pete and Jill have separated and Pete is shown to be involved with Karen despite his knowledge of her true nature.
  • Colin Morgan[5] as Leo Elster, son of David Elster, a part-synth fugitive believed by the rest of the world to have died in a car accident; he was in a fatal accident as a child and his father developed synth components to cope with the damage to his brain. He spent the first series trying to track down and reunite the conscious synths made by his father, while in the second series he is trying to help synths adjust to the spread of the consciousness program.
  • Katherine Parkinson[5] as Laura Hawkins, a lawyer and mother of three who feels uncomfortable around synths. She had concerns about Anita and sought to find out more about her. By the second series, she had become more accepting of the idea, agreeing to act as Niska's lawyer in her subsequent trial for murder while Niska underwent an assessment to determine if she was truly conscious.
  • Theo Stevenson[5] as Toby Hawkins, Laura and Joe's teenage son, who is attracted to, and has become protective of, Anita.
  • Will Tudor[5] as Odi (series 1–2), George Millican's malfunctioning synth caregiver. He is prone to system glitches, though Millican is unwilling to recycle him or return him to the NHS. He stays with the Hawkins briefly in the second series.
    • Tudor also portrays V (series 3), an artificial intelligence developed by Athena Morrow based on her deceased daughter Virginia. Following Day Zero, V inhabits Odi's body, having erased his consciousness at his request, and becomes the mythic purple-eyed "Synth Who Sleeps". V leads Niska to her so as to grant her connectivity to the internet and persuade her to become the synths' leader. Chloe Wicks voices the disembodied V in the second series.
  • Danny Webb[5] as Edwin Hobb (series 1–2), an artificial intelligence researcher.[7] He is simultaneously concerned about and intrigued by the possibility of conscious synthetics. Hobb is a key player in the quiet government investigation to find the four synths deemed a threat.
  • William Hurt[5] as George Millican (series 1), a retired artificial intelligence researcher and widower who suffers memory loss and physical disabilities secondary to a stroke. He forms a special bond with his outdated caregiver synth named Odi.[8] He previously worked with Leo's father.

Introduced in series 2[edit]

  • Marshall Allman as Milo Khoury (series 2),[9] a techno-entrepreneur and owner of Qualia, a synth research corporation, who seeks to harness the sentient synthetics for himself.
  • Sonya Cassidy as Hester (series 2),[9] a synth who becomes self-aware from the consciousness program unleashed across the world. She is rescued from a synth-laboured facility by Leo and co., but soon starts to exhibit disturbing behaviour.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Athena Morrow (series 2),[9] an AI researcher based in San Francisco who has been invited to reverse engineer the consciousness program. She presents herself as unconcerned about the conscious synthetics, but in reality she has already independently developed her own sentient AI, who she refers to as "V" (for Virginia, her daughter), and is attempting to provide V with a new body.
  • Thusitha Jayasundera as Neha Patel (series 2),[10] a government lawyer whose initially hostile stance towards the synth cause will eventually prove to be more sympathetic.
  • Billy Jenkins as Seraph Sam (series 3; recurring series 2)[11]

Introduced in series 3[edit]

  • Holly Earl as Agnes (series 3),[11] a synth in Mia and Max's group. She is suspicious of their leadership and sympathizes with the terrorists.
  • Ukweli Roach as Anatole (series 3),[11] a former courtesan synth who believes in a higher power, namely David Elster, and that synths were always meant to be given consciousness.
  • Mark Bonnar as Neil Sommer (series 3),[11] a charming scientist on a government commission with whom Laura develops a strong personal connection.
  • Dino Fetscher as Stanley (series 3),[11] an "orange-eyed" synth given to a reluctant Laura by the Dryden commission group as her personal synth and protector.
  • Phil Dunster as Tristan (series 3)


  • Ellen Thomas[4] as Lindsey Kiwanuka
  • Jonathan Aris[4] as Robert
  • Stephen Boxer[12] as David Elster, Leo's father and the creator of the conscious synths
  • Spencer Norways[13] as young Leo Elster
  • Letitia Wright as Renie (series 2), a human who lives as if she were a synth and whom Toby dates[9]
  • Bella Dayne as Astrid, a waitress who becomes romantically involved with Niska, helping Niska become more emotionally invested with humans[14]
  • Ritu Arya as Flash (series 2–3),[9] a house synth who, like Hester, becomes self-aware from the consciousness program. Flash is rescued by Max, and they find a new safe haven in an abandoned train.
  • Sam Palladio as Ed (series 2–3),[9] Mia's employer, with whom she forms a special bond. He is the owner of a beachside cafe.
  • Akie Kotabe as Ji Dae-Sun


Main article: List of Humans episodes



The series was announced in April 2014 as part of a partnership between Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios.[15] However, after Microsoft closed Xbox Entertainment Studios, AMC came aboard as partners to Channel 4.[16] Filming commenced in the autumn of 2014, with the series premiering on 14 June 2015.[16] The series' budget was £12 million.[17]

The commissioning of a second, eight-episode series to air in 2016 was announced 31 July 2015.[18] Gemma Chan had previously said, in an interview with Den of Geek, that the first series is "not completely tied up at the end" and "there are definitely still areas to be explored for a second series."[19] Similarly, C4's Head of International Drama, Simon Maxwell, told Broadcast's Talking TV podcast that: "We've got a story that is told over a great many episodes and is very much designed to come back and return. We'll be following those characters on a really epic journey."[20] Filming of the second series began on 11 April 2016, with a premiere date of 30 October 2016.[21][22]

A third series was commissioned in March 2017 and premiered in the UK on 17 May 2018,[23][24] and in the United States on 5 June 2018.[25] By August 2018, discussions were ongoing about a possible fourth series.[26] Channel 4 announced in May 2019 that there would not be a fourth series.[27]


During rehearsals, Gemma Chan and her fellow robot actors were sent to a 'synth school' run by the show's choreographer, Dan O'Neill, in a bid to rid themselves of any human physical gestures and become convincing synths. "It was about stripping back any physical tics you naturally incorporate into performance", explains Chan, who adds that it was a "relief to go home and slouch" after a day on set.[28]

Katherine Parkinson began filming six weeks after giving birth to her second child; her part in the series was filmed on 10 separate days, between 10 days' rest.[29]

A number of scenes for the second series were filmed in Thanet, Kent. The production team used Botany Bay and West Bay as filming locations, while shots of the farm and fields overlooking the factory were filmed in Dagnall. The scenes were predominantly centred on Anita at work.[30]

Broadcast and release[edit]

The first episode of the series was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 on 14 June 2015 and premiered in the United States and Canada on AMC on 28 June 2015.[31] It started airing in Australia on ABC2, on 3 August 2015.[32] It was shown on TV3 in New Zealand from 11 August 2015.[33]

The second series premiered in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2016,[22] in Australia the day after[34] and premiered in the United States on 13 February 2017.[35]


For one week in May 2015, the series was marketed using a fake shopfront for Persona Synthetics on London's Regent Street, inviting passers-by to create their own synth using interactive screens,[36][37] and employing actors who pretended to be synths around central London.[38] An accompanying Channel 4 trailer for the series in the style of an advert for Persona featured "Sally," a robotic servant described as "your new best friend." In addition, website banner adverts appeared on the eBay UK website leading to an eBay "buy it now" listing for a Persona Synthetics Robot.[38]

Home media[edit]

Channel 4 DVD released the first series on DVD in the UK on 17 August 2015.[39] Spirit Entertainment released the second series on DVD in the UK on 16 January 2017.[40] Spirit Entertainment released the third series on DVD in the UK on 29 January 2019 [41]

In Region 1, Acorn Media has released both seasons on DVD & Blu-ray. Humans – Season 1: Uncut UK Edition was released on 29 March 2016.[42]Humans – Season 2: Uncut UK Edition was released on 31 October 2017.[43]


Critical response[edit]

The first season of Humans received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an 88% based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's critical consensus reading: "Humans is a mature, high-octane thriller offering emotional intrigue and thought-provoking suspense that should prove irresistible to sci-fi fans while remaining accessible enough to lure in genre agnostics."[44]Metacritic gave the season a rating of 73 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[45]

The second season received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a score of 94%, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Humans continues to quietly distinguish itself in the sci-fi drama category – and prove better than most of its flashier AI competition."[46] On Metacritic, the season has a rating of 82 out of 100, based on 8 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[47]

The third season received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a score of 100%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 6.0/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Humans gains new sociopolitical dimensions in its third season, mining deeper insight from its sci-fi premise without diluting the potency of its well-drawn characters."[48]

The show is Channel 4's highest rated drama since the 1992 programme The Camomile Lawn.[17] It has been described as having "universal appeal" and as being "one of 2015's dramatic hits."[49] The show has been described as "a bit dystopian and Black Mirror-esque."[50] A review in the Telegraph praised the show's performances but said that the story is "conceptually ... old hat" and "wasn't breaking any new ground philosophically."[51]

In December 2015, Humans was voted Digital Spy's "Top Show of 2015," described as managing "to stand out as something totally different in a TV landscape awash with cop shows and crime thrillers... And its fearlessness, its creativity and its quality all deserve to be recognised."[52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Chinese adaptation[edit]

On 25 July 2018, it was announced Roland Moore would be head writer on a Chinese version of Humans in Mandarin,[65] produced by Endemol Shine China and Croton Media.[66] The series [67] began airing on Chinese broadcaster Tencent on February 19, 2021.

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It was Channel 4's biggest drama hit of the past 20 years. It was Digital Spy's no. 1 TV show of 2015. And it's coming back, back, BACK.

Humans is returning with more scintillating tales of sentient Synths – and here's absolutely everything we know about the eight new episodes.

Humans season 1 finale: How did it end?

Forgotten how things wrapped up? Here's a brief summary of what went down in August 2015's Humans finale...

Elster's children – with the help of Karen (Ruth Bradley) – succeeded in unlocking the secret to Synth consciousness, but before they could decide what to do with it, Niska (Emily Berrington) deleted the code from Mattie's laptop, storing what appeared to be the only copy on a flash drive.

In what appeared to be a big move towards establishing peaceful human/Synth relations, Niska entrusted the flash drive to Laura (Katherine Parkinson) – but Mattie (Lucy Carless) subsequently discovered that her spare flash drive was missing and Niska was later seen boarding a train, carrying said drive.

What actually occurred here isn't 100% clear. Did Niska leave Laura with a copy of the code, while also making a copy for herself? Or did she supply Laura with a dud and take the only real copy for herself?

The latter seems more likely, though you'd think that Laura or Mattie would have double-checked the data on their flash drive.

Humans season 2 cast: Who's in it?

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Practically the entire cast from the 2015 series will be returning for the next run. That includes...

The Hawkins Family: Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins, Tom Goodman-Hill as Joe Hawkins, Lucy Carless as Mattie Hawkins, Theo Stevenson as Toby Hawkins and Pixie Davies as Sophie Hawkins.

The Synths: Gemma Chan as Mia, Colin Morgan as Leo Elster, Emily Berrington as Niska, Ruth Bradley as DS Karen Voss, Ivanno Jeremiah as Max and Will Tudor as Odi.

Odi's return might come as a surprise, given the character's apparent demise, but Will Tudor has confirmed he's back on the Humans set.

Plus: Neil Maskell will be returning as DS Pete Drummond, while so far unconfirmed are Jill Halfpenny as his wife Jill and Danny Webb as wicked Edwin Hobb.

Speaking of Hobb, Fred (Sope Dirisu) was also last seen powered down after being tinkered with by the mad professor - and it's unclear if he'll be revived.

One definite absentee from the roster is William Hurt, whose Dr George Millican met his end in the first series.

Real Humans – the Swedish drama which our Humans is based on – brought the character back as a "grief-bot" Synth, though writer Jonathan Brackley has suggested the UK series won't go down a similar path.

"We started quite close [to the Swedish show] and then it just organically grows away," explained writer Sam Vincent. "You make a small change and it's magnified further on down the path, so when it came to the second series, we knew it'd be an even bigger departure."

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New cast members will include Carrie-Anne Moss – of Jessica Jones and The Matrix – as AI expert Dr Athena Morrow and Prison Break's Marshall Allman as Silicon Valley billionaire Milo Khoury.

Morrow is hoping to advance David Elster's work by creating a new kind of machine consciousness and is recruited by the young and ambitious Khoury.

Nashville's Sam Palladio is also on board as café owner Ed – and this trio will be joined by The Paradise's Sonya Cassidy (as Hester, a new Synth), Cucumber actress Letitia Wright (as a 'Synthie' - a human who mimics the androids) and Bella Dayne of Plebs(playing Astrid, who shares an important bond with Niska).

Humans season 2 spoilers: What's it about?

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Here's the official synopsis for 2016's episodes: "Niska is still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia , Leo and Max, unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe and Laura attempt to mend their marriage.

"As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight.

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"In the US, Milo Khoury, a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology company is pioneering new research. But he needs help and attempts to recruit Dr Athena Morrow - the country's pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert.

"Suspicious of his motives and focussed on her own work Morrow is single-minded in her drive to create a new kind of machine consciousness.

"As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?"

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Oooh... but wait, there's more!

Series two will pick up "a few months" after the first, with the robotic Synths having "gone a bit deeper" into our culture. In short: they're no longer a novelty.

"Things are developing fast, as technology does in all areas," said head writer Vincent. "There's lots of new, society-wide effects which we're going to tell stories in."

The new characters played by Moss and Allman will "form part of what is a huge story", Tom Goodman-Hill told Digital Spy in April.

"It's much opened out from what we saw in series one," he hinted - with scenes set in Berlin, Bolivia, San Francisco and... erm... Margate.

The Hawkins family, meanwhile, are working to escape their troubled past - with Joe and Laura even seeing a Synth therapist for couples' counselling!

But the couple will find themselves at odds again over the notion of Synth civil rights: "What's particularly interesting about this series is that Laura was quite anti-Synth last series, and Joe was quite pro-Synth - in that he slept with one!" Parkinson said.

"And this series, very interestingly, it swaps and Laura becomes a champion of the Synths, of Synthetics having rights."

As for Palladio's Ed, he'll share most of his scenes with Gemma Chan's Mia, whose consciousness was restored in the first series.

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"The story takes her down a very interesting path – needless to say it's quite an intense partnership for the two of them," the actor told DS in June.

"Their working relationship does develop and there are some huge moments that happen in our storyline which are really exciting to play."

"A bond definitely forms between them and it doesn't all go according to plan for her," Chan later told us. "She's still an innocent in terms of her knowledge of the outside world, and her experience with people, and she's really putting herself out there and it doesn't always work out for her."

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We'll see more of a "progression" in Mia now that she's sentient full-time, too: "There are key moments in the series where you see her, for the first time, really make a decision...

"The stakes are really high, and things definitely don't go to plan. Mia has to respond, and I think you'll definitely get to see a much steelier side to her."

2016's episodes will also introduce a few new villains, though Vincent and co-writer Brackley wouldn't be drawn on whether volatile Niska will go over to the dark side.

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"I think it's really tantalising and dangerous to put the future in the hands of one of your characters who's very unpredictable, volatile, and dangerous," Vincent said.

"We do have a new antagonistic force in mind for this show, which is going to come into play and be embodied by a couple of new characters, but I can't say any more than that."

Humans season 2 premiere: When's it back?

Series two started shooting in April, with new episodes scheduled to air on Channel 4 from Sunday, October 30 at 9pm and on AMC in February 2017.

Channel 4 began stealth advertising the new series in September, airing a mock PSA from fictional firm Persona Synthetics, urging viewers to return their malfunctioning Synths.

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Humans season 3: What's next for the Synths?

But is there a future for Humans beyond the next eight episodes? It seems there could well be, with writers Vincent and Brackley telling DS way back in October 2015 that the show "could run longer than two series".

"Definitely we have a very rough playful notion of what we'd do in series beyond two," said Vincent, adding that the show has "got a few series in it".

Meanwhile, Tom Goodman-Hill has hinted that some big changes could be heading the show's way if it were to continue into 2017.

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"I know Jon and Sam are already talking about what they want to do with the third series," he revealed. "Quite a lot of jaws hit the floor when they intimated what that was going to be!

"We know a little bit about that, which is very exciting – and beyond that, I don't know. I think it's the kind of story that has enormous potential to just run and run."

Katherine Parkinson has also suggested that Humans series 3 would be very different: "I know what I've shot and how that ends, and... it's really brave," she said.

"The way this series ends, the third series could end up being a whole different genre. It's very exciting."

"I feel like the way series two has been written is so that it can continue," insisted Theo Stevenson. "I feel like the sky's the limit with sci-fi series, but especially with Humans because as technology progresses, so can the series."

For his part, Sam Palladio has intimated that he's keen to come back for another go-around, saying: "I would hope that there may be a life for Ed in series three. I'd love to [come back]."

What does the future hold for Channel 4's Humans? Here's the latest on series 2 - and series 3

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Humans - Series 1 Trailer
No. Title Directed By Written By Original Air Date Viewership (million) 1 "Episode 2.1" Lewis Arnold Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent 30 October 2016 (C4)
13 February 2017 (AMC) 2 "Episode 2.2" Lewis Arnold Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent 6 November 2016 (C4)
20 February 2017 (AMC) 3 "Episode 2.3" Carl Tibbetts Charlie Covell & Iain Weatherby 13 November 2016 (C4)
27 February 2017 (AMC) 4 "Episode 2.4" Carl Tibbetts Joe Barton 20 November 2016 (C4)
6 March 2017 (AMC) 5 "Episode 2.5" Francesca Gregorini Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent 27 November 2016 (C4)
13 March 2017 (AMC) 6 "Episode 2.6" Francesca Gregorini Joe Barton 4 December 2016 (C4)
13 March 2017 (AMC) 7 "Episode 2.7" Mark Brozel Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent 11 December 2016 (C4)
20 March 2017 (AMC) 8 "Episode 2.8" Mark Brozel Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent 18 December 2016 (C4)
20 March 2017 (AMC)

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‘Humans’: AMC & Channel 4 Cancel Kudos-Produced Sci-Fi Drama After Three Seasons

AMC and Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans is coming to an end. The Gemma Chan-fronted series has been cancelled after its third season.

The news came via a blog posted to social media by creators and writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent.

The pair wrote, “Sadly, there won’t be a fourth season of Humans. In this age of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints. Channel 4 and AMC were the perfect partners. They supported the show brilliantly and above all – let us make three seasons. We’re gutted, of course, but we were so lucky. We got to make the show we wanted to make, for 24 episodes. The Humans cast and crew were and are the best and we wouldn’t have got a second season without their talent and dedication, let alone a third. We can’t name anyone without naming everyone, and that would mean we’d have to do this in an even smaller front – so here’s to every last actor, director, writer, producer, exec, commissioner, DoP, editor, composer, crew member and the unfailingly generous Swedish team behind the original version.”

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Season three of the show launched in the U.S. last June and in the UK the month before that.  It is set one year after the dawn of consciousness, where a decimated and oppressed synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them.

The pair added that the last word has to go to the show’s fans. “Thank you so much for the messages, support, podcasts, bespoke mugs and for never setting up a petition to make us redo something. It means more than anything to see the show resonating with you like it did. The worst thing about this is that we can’t keep the story going for the people that love it,” they noted.

Last year, exec producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd told Deadline that there was no end in sight for the drama, which ended with a surprise. The pair admitted that they “know we left some threads hanging”. “That was the way we always wrote the show. Maybe one day we’ll get a chance to pick them back up. If there’s anyone out there with a few million quid and an interest in AI stories, we’re all ears. DM us Elon. Thanks for watching,” they added.

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