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C4/Kudos drama Utopia reveals cast and multi-platform plans

C4/Kudos drama Utopia reveals cast and multi-platform plans
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Staff Reporter
16 August 2012

The cast has been announced for Utopia, Channel4's six-part drama from Kudos Films, which is creating a multi-platform experience with digital agency TH_NK.

Paul Higgins (In the Loop, The Thick of It), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady) and Neil Maskell (Kill List) head up the cast which also includes James Fox (Sherlock Holmes), Geraldine James (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Simon McBurney (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy), Fiona O' Shaughnessy (Outcast), Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator, Four Lions), Oliver Woolford (Blackout) and Michael Smiley (Kill List).

The four main characters find themselves in a cult conspiracy theory turned real in the new drama. The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. But when Ian, Becky, Grant and Wilson, a small group of previously unconnected people, find themselves in possession of an original manuscript of the book, their lives implode. Targeted by a murderous organisation known as The Network this group has to run to survive.

The linear drama will incorporate a multi-platform experience created by TH_NK, the digital agency behind J.K. Rowling's Pottermore. The agency is set to work with the production team, Kudos and scriptwriter Dennis Kelly to build digital thinking into the production.

TH_NK is designing an experience that plays off the paranoia of the thriller, engaging viewers and encouraging debate around some of the drama's biggest themes. The experience will play out in the run up to TX and extend the experience across the six episodes.

Utopia is written by Dennis Kelly, the co-creator of the Olivier Award winning Matilda, and was greenlit for Channel 4 by chief creative officer Jay Hunt. 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 (Pulling).

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