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Utopia
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:19:31 PM »
I just realized that we never split talk of Utopia out of the "British Drama" thread. I was going to do some thread hacking here, but that thread is basically 70% Utopia sperging... I figured I'd just start a new thread where we can post 10,000 Youtube clips from season one as we quietly build into a frenzy of anticipation for season two.

Also, my cult-culture bones tell me that we'll start getting more updates about season two in the coming weeks... 

This show was the best thing to come out of 2013. Period. I have no idea how they plan to tackle season two, but it'll be fascinating. Meanwhile, a US version by David Fincher is coming to HBO.

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The story follows a small group of people who find themselves in possession of the manuscript sequel of a cult graphic novel called "The Utopia Experiments" which is rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. This leads them to be targeted by an organisation known as 'The Network', which they must avoid to survive. Using the manuscript, they must uncover the meaning hidden in its pages before the disasters depicted become reality.

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UK media regulator Ofcom received 44 complaints about the television series including complaints about violence, offensive language and child actors being involved in scenes of adult content. Thirty seven of the complaints related to a scene at the beginning of the third episode where a shooting takes place in a primary school. Channel 4 also received 28 complaints about the scene. It was aired a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, USA. A spokesman for Channel 4 responded, "Channel 4 thought very carefully about continuing with the planned broadcast of Utopia. The drama is in no way based on real events, and the scenes featuring violence are editorially justified within the context of the storyline. All material has been carefully considered in accordance with the Ofcom Broadcasting Code and we were satisfied that, appropriately scheduled in a late night slot at 10pm and preceded by clear on-air warnings about the graphic violence and very strong language, it could be broadcast as planned."

Season one promos:





Here's the first four minutes of episode one:


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Re: Utopia
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 04:22:28 PM »
We must be synced up because I spent twenty minutes this AM scouring the Internet for series two news.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 04:23:15 PM »
We must be synced up because I spent twenty minutes this AM scouring the Internet for series two news.

You feel it too! There's something in the ether. I say we get big news by the end of the month...

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014, 04:31:22 PM »
It's the best anything I've watched in the past five years. It's informed my own work greatly over the past few years.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2014, 04:08:24 PM »
The season two DVD pre-order links are appearing.

The FB page updated on May 26th with "Stay calm. Utopia is coming." and a free link to the soundtrack.

C4 just starting repeating series one this week.

I think we're close!

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 04:12:16 PM »
Man, part of me just wants to media blackout everything and go in totally cold. The more sensible part of me knows I won't have the self-control to do that.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2014, 04:13:57 PM »
Don't worry. The new British method for handling genre shows is 10 second teasers where none of the actors appear.

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2014, 05:17:13 PM »
Series 2 in July! Announcement made on their FB page with a picture of Jessica Hyde in some kind of holding cell.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2014, 05:57:49 PM »
Total Sex.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2014, 05:47:37 PM »
NOT a series 2 trailer. A recent ad to catch up on series 1:


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Re: Utopia
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2014, 10:31:02 AM »

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2014, 10:54:09 AM »
I bet a preview comes in the next week.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2014, 09:48:23 PM »
Den of Geek says a spoiler free review is coming soon... Staying virgin on series 2 is going to be hard for me.

http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/utopia/30968/utopia-creator-has-fingers-crossed-for-series-3

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Utopia creator has "fingers crossed" for series 3

Channel 4's excellent Utopia returns for series 2 in July, and writer Dennis Kelly is hoping for a third and possibly fourth series...

In assuming Channel Four's Utopia was originally intended to be a one-off, self-contained story, we were amongst those whom creator Dennis Kelly said got it wrong. Speaking at this week's Bafta preview event for Utopia series two, Kelly told the audience that the show was always intended to be ongoing.

"It was always a series. I think that’s my mistake, because a lot of people felt like that. A lot of people thought it was a one-off, self-contained thing, but it was never supposed to be. I’ve only ever written one series before so it might have been my fault. I keep thinking, I must have got something wrong there because I didn’t let the audience know there was another one coming up. It was always intended there would be a series two”

Potentially then, Kelly was asked, there might also be a series three? "Yeah, fingers crossed", said writer Kelly, "touch wood."

It doesn't stop there. Asked about how central the graphic novel would be to later series of Utopia, Kelly answered that "It will always be there, I think. Even if we went to series three or four". However long the show runs, it's now safe to say that fans of the first series will not be disappointed by the second. Come back soon for our spoiler-free review.

Utopia returns to Channel Four this July.

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Re: Utopia
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2014, 08:24:46 AM »
I know we constantly say that we have no idea how they could do a season two...but I never assumed that it was a one-off, self-contained story. Did people who assume that not watch the last episode, which basically ends with a cliffhanger and everything but the words "see you next year"?

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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2014, 10:31:14 AM »
More pics starting to come out...

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The first episode, set in the 1970s, looks at the beginning of the Janus plot.

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