Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams are back

19 February 2018

Following on from last year’s acclaimed first run of ELECTRIC DREAMS, the sci-fi anthology series returns to Channel 4 with four brand new episodes. Each of the episodes is a stand-alone story, inspired by one of Philip K. Dick’s renowned sci-fi short stories, and take place in worlds that may seem like ours but are also alien and unsettling.

These worlds include a collapsed society where the surviving citizens are denied any freedom of choice by an automatic product-manufacturing factory; a totalitarian regime with destructive xenophobic policies against which only one man is brave enough to take a stand and a futuristic city living under a controlling, all-encompassing terror-prevention scheme.

But the first episode, ‘The Father Thing’ (Monday 26 February at 10pm) takes place in an average suburban town as the world remains oblivious to the silent alien attack which sees visitors from another planet quietly invade homes by taking over the bodies of loved ones. The fate of the human race rests in the hands of Charlie, a young boy who is forced to make the most difficult decisions imaginable to protect his mother and his fellow citizens when he becomes the first to realise that humankind is being infiltrated by this insidious alien threat. SAG Award winner and Academy Award nominee, Greg Kinnear, is compelling and creepy as the Father while Mireille Enos plays Charlie’s mother.

In the remaining episodes, the cast is just as stellar with Juno Temple, Janelle Monae, Vera Farmiga and Maura Tierney joining the phenomenal rank of actors (including Bryan Cranston, Timothy Spall, Steve Buscemi and Anna Paquin) who appeared in the first season.

So stayed tuned on Monday evenings for the next four weeks to see the latest episodes, and if you missed any last year they are all available to view on All4.