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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, or simply Electric Dreams, is a British-American science fiction television anthology series based on the works of Philip K. Dick. The series premiered on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2017.[1] It consists of ten standalone episodes based on Dick's work, written by British and American writers.[2][3] The series is set to premiere in the United States on Amazon Video on 12 January 2018.[4]

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
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Based on Short stories
by Philip K. Dick
Developed by
Theme music composer Harry Gregson-Williams
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s)
  • Ronald D. Moore
  • Michael Dinner
  • Bryan Cranston
  • James Degus
  • Isa Dick Hackett
  • Kalen Egan
  • Christopher Tricario
  • Maril Davis
  • David Kanter
  • Matt DeRoss
  • Lila Rawlings
  • Marigo Kehoe
  • Kate DiMento
  • Don Kurt
  • Lynn Horsford
  • Rupert Ryle-Hodges
  • Dan Winch
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network Channel 4
Original release 17 September 2017 (2017-09-17) – present




The series was initially planned to run on AMC and Channel 4, before AMC pulled out, leading Channel 4 to announce the series.[2] In February 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had bought the U.S. rights to the series.[3]

The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television with Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, and Bryan Cranston serving as executive producers. Cranston also stars in one of the episodes.[2] The episode writers include Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, Tony Grisoni, Jack Thorne, Matthew Graham, David Farr, Dee Rees, and Travis Beacham.[5] Jack Thorne wrote the teleplay for "The Commuter", based on the short story of the same name, with Tom Harper directing the episode.[6]


In March 2017, Timothy Spall joined the episode "The Commuter", starring opposite Anthony Boyle and Tuppence Middleton.[6] The following month, Jack Reynor and Benedict Wong were cast to lead the episode "Impossible Planet", alongside a supporting cast including Geraldine Chaplin and Georgina Campbell.[7] Also in April, Steve Buscemi was cast in "Crazy Diamond", and Greg Kinnear and Mireille Enos joined the episode "Father Thing".[8]

On 3 May 2017, Anna Paquin and Terrence Howard were cast in the episode "Real Life", with a supporting cast including Rachelle Lefevre, Jacob Vargas, Sam Witwer, Guy Burnet and Lara Pulver.[9][10] Also in May, Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger were announced to star in "The Hood Maker".[11] Later that month, Vera Farmiga and Mel Rodriguez were cast to lead the episode "Kill All Others", with Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Baker also appearing.[12][13] Finally in May, Janelle Monáe and Juno Temple joined the cast of the episode "Autofac" alongside Jay Paulson and David Lyons.[14]

In June 2017, Maura Tierney and Annalise Basso were cast to star in "Safe And Sound", and Bryan Cranston was confirmed to appear in the episode "Human Is" with Essie Davis, Liam Cunningham and Ruth Bradley.[15]


The fourth episode of the series, "Crazy Diamond", filmed in two locations in Kent, England; the Dungeness estate was used for various exterior settings and driving scenes, and the Cheyne Court wind farm was used as the checkpoint Sally passes on her way in and out of the estate.[16]


Harry Gregson-Williams was hired to compose the main titles theme music and score an episode, and Ólafur Arnalds and Cristobal Tapia de Veer were also hired to score multiple episodes each.[17]


No. Title Directed by Teleplay by Based on Original air date Viewers
1 "The Hood Maker" Julian Jarrold Matthew Graham "The Hood Maker" 17 September 2017 (2017-09-17) 1.49[18]

In an authoritarian regime called the Free Union, a minority of humans have developed telepathic abilities. Mistrusted by society, they are referred to as "Teeps", live in ghettos, and are routinely discriminated against. A telepath named Honor is recruited to work for the police, and forms a close relationship with her handler, Agent Ross. The pair investigate when a mysterious individual calling himself the "Hood Maker" begins distributing telepathy-proof hoods throughout the city.

Cast: Richard Madden as Agent Ross; Holliday Grainger as Honor; Noma Dumezweni as Senior Agent Okhile; Anneika Rose as Mary; Richard McCabe as Dr. Thaddeus Cutter; Paul Ritter as Franklyn; and Tony Way as Carmichael
2 "Impossible Planet" David Farr David Farr "The Impossible Planet" 24 September 2017 (2017-09-24) 1.35[19]

Two bored space tourism guides, Norton and Andrews, are approached by a very elderly woman, Irma Louise Gordon, who offers them a large sum of money to take her on one last trip to Earth. As they are not sure the planet even exists anymore, having been evacuated centuries ago due to solar flares, they head for a similar planet, although Irma's robot servant is onto the subterfuge. Irma has a very specific dream about her grandparents swimming in a river in Carolina, and wants to re-enact this with Norton, who is identical to her grandfather.

Cast: Jack Reynor as Brian Norton; Benedict Wong as Ed Andrews; Geraldine Chaplin as Irma Louise Gordon; Georgina Campbell as Barbara; and Malik Ibheis as RB29
3 "The Commuter" Tom Harper Jack Thorne "The Commuter" 1 October 2017 (2017-10-01) 1.50[20]

Ed Jacobson is a railway worker at Woking station. His life takes a turn for the worse when his son, Sam, begins experiencing psychotic episodes. Shortly afterwards, a young woman named Linda asks for a ticket to a non-existent destination called "Macon Heights". Intrigued, Jacobson follows a number of passengers who jump off the train and walk to an idyllic village where their traumas are wiped away. On his return home, he discovers his son never existed, and he returns to Macon Heights to find Linda and demand she restore his original life.

Cast: Timothy Spall as Ed Jacobson; Rebecca Manley as Mary Jacobson; Anthony Boyle as Sam Jacobson; Rudi Dharmalingam as Bob Paine; Tuppence Middleton as Linda; Anne Reid as Martine Jenkins; Ann Akin as Dr. Simpson; Hayley Squires as Waitress; and Tom Brooke as Tall Man in Light Coat
4 "Crazy Diamond" Marc Munden Tony Grisoni "Sales Pitch" 8 October 2017 (2017-10-08) 0.96[21]

Ed Morris works at a company which produces synthetic humanoids called Jacks and Jills, and the QCs ("quantum consciousness") which give them intelligence and emotions. He is approached by a dying Jill, who wants him to help her steal ten QCs – one to extend her own lifespan, and the rest to sell to give Ed a chance to start a new life with his wife, Sally.

Cast: Steve Buscemi as Ed Morris; Sidse Babett Knudsen as Jill; Julia Davis as Sally Morris; Lucian Msamati as The Director; Joanna Scanlan as Su; and Michael Socha as Noah
5 "Real Life" Jeffrey Reiner Ronald D. Moore "Exhibit Piece"[22] 15 October 2017 (2017-10-15) 0.88[23]

Sarah is a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, a brilliant game designer, each pursuing violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.

Cast: Anna Paquin as Sarah; Terrence Howard as George; Rachelle Lefevre as Katie; Lara Pulver as Paula; Sam Witwer as Chris; Guy Burnet as Collins; and Jacob Vargas as Mario
6 "Human Is" Francesca Gregorini Jessica Mecklenburg "Human Is" 29 October 2017 (2017-10-29) 0.85[24]

Mission director Vera Herrick is trapped in a loveless marriage with military hero Colonel Silas Herrick. Silas returns to the planet of Rexor IV to obtain a substance needed to process Earth's toxic atmosphere, but comes under attack from the local Rexorians. When their ship returns on autopilot, Silas has apparently survived, and Vera finds him uncharacteristically kind and considerate. The couple are arrested by the State, who believe that Silas has been taken over by a Rexorian consciousness.

Cast: Bryan Cranston as Silas Herrick; Essie Davis as Vera Herrick; Liam Cunningham as General Olin; Ruth Bradley as Yaro Peterson; William Gaminara as Dr. El Ganol; Khalid Abdalla as Interrogator; and Ronan Vibert as Chief Judge
7 "Kill All Others" Dee Rees Dee Rees "The Hanging Stranger" 2018[25] (2018[25]) TBD
8 "Autofac" Peter Horton Travis Beacham "Autofac" 2018 (2018) TBD
9 "Safe and Sound" Alan Taylor Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell "Foster, You're Dead!" 2018 (2018) TBD
10 "Father Thing" Michael Dinner Michael Dinner "The Father-thing" 2018 (2018) TBD


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 63% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.5/10, based on 8 critical responses.[26]

International broadcastEdit

The series was greenlit for production by Channel 4 in the UK and Amazon Video in the United States, where it will be made available to American viewers.[3] It will be broadcast on Space in Canada,[27] and the streaming service Stan in Australia.[28]


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  28. ^ Johnston, Rae (1 August 2017). "Philip K Dick's 'Electric Dreams' Is Coming To Stan". Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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