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Humans star Colin Morgan: ‘Everyone playing a robot went to Synth School!’ (VIDEO)

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Colin Morgan reveals every actor playing a synthetic robot in C4’s new sci-fi thriller, Humans, had to attend a special school before filming started to learn how to behave like an artificial being!

Colin explained: “Humans is a show that focuses on the effect a synthetic human being would have on society. These beings are integrated into the workplace, the family and society in general… and they can do everything better. The show focuses on the positives and the negative implications of this technology.”

He continued: “Synth School was really important for the people portraying Synths. For me it was important to come along and watch a bit of it to see how I responded to it.”

What’s on TV (opens in new tab) can reveal Colin plays Leo, a mysterious man who lives outside normal society with a selection of rogue Synths. Leo’s decided to help Synths who believe they’ve developed a sort of consciousness. He’s also desperately trying to track down the love of his life – the reprogrammed Synth, Anita, played by Fresh Meat’s Gemma Chan (opens in new tab).

But the Merlin and The Fall star is keeping tight-lipped about whether or not his outlaw character, Leo, is human or synthetic: "]

“There’s a lot of ambiguity around Leo, but whether it’s connected to the technology or not is yet to be discovered…”

Humans (opens in new tab) begins on C4 on Sunday, June 14 at 9pm. It also stars Rebecca Front, William Hurt and Katherine Parkinson.

Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


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After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.