A year after it’s run on C4 in the UK a year ago, the 6-part, 6-hour series Utopia, which co-stars Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), is now available in the USA, on Blu-ray.
Paul Higgins, Alexandra Roach and Neil Maskell join Stewart-Jarrett in a series directed by Marc Munden, from a script written by Dennis Kelly, which tells the following story:
The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. But when Ian, Becky, Grant and Wilson Wilson, a small group of previously unconnected people find themselves in possession of an original manuscript of the fabled book, their lives suddenly and brutally implode. Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network this terrified group are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run. When help appears to come in the form of the mysterious Jessica Hyde, who promises to keep them safe, what choice is there but to believe her? As their world goes dark and all they previously knew is wrenched from them, the four strangers must shed their past and come together in order to survive this violent new future.
Regarding Nathan’s role… he’s playing the first character mentioned in the synopsis – Ian, who is described as…
… an IT consultant… who met the rest of the group on a forum. It’s not something he would normally do, go on the forum, and he doesn’t really know much about the manuscript. He’s quite naïve about the whole thing, and is the newbie of the group, in a sense. He questions everything, and follows the others like a little lamb.
In A profile with C4 a year ago, the script for the show was described as amazing, shocking, with high stakes and a regular threat of violence, and, of course, some humor to balance things out.
Audiences in the UK were engaged with the series via multiple platforms, encouraging debate around some of the drama’s biggest themes.
Utopia was produced by Kudos Film & TV for Channel 4, Rebekah Wray-Rogers, and executive producers were Karen Wilson, Jane Featherstone, and Dennis Kelly.
The series was enough of a success that C4 renewed it for a second season.
If you’d like to check out the series, pick up a copy of season 1 in a 2-disc set on Amazon, for around $38, HERE.
Here are a couple of trailers for it; the first one more minimalist than the second, which tells and shows us much more actual footage from the show: