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Chan­nel 4 have splashed se­ri­ous cash for this sci-fi se­ries, which fea­tures an A-list cast (see right) and is based on a se­ries of short sto­ries by leg­endary US writer Philip K Dick. The first tranche of six episodes kicks off now, and a fur­ther four will show early next year. If you think you don’t know PKD’S work, you al­most cer­tainly do – Blade Run­ner, To­tal Re­call and Ama­zon’s The Man In The High Cas­tle are all based on his books, which were famed for their fre­quent blur­ring of the bound­aries of time and re­al­ity. But the thing that re­ally makes PKD stand out are his well-rounded char­ac­ters, and highly imag­i­na­tive and per­cep­tive vi­sions of the fu­ture, cou­pled with page-turn­ing plots.

This first episode is set in a dystopian Bri­tain,

The Hood Maker Ep 1

where a me­teor storm has ren­dered all tech­nol­ogy use­less and left a group of peo­ple tele­pathic. Known as “Teeps”, they are be­ing used by the au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment to quash any po­ten­tial up­ris­ing. Things get in­ter­est­ing when hoods that can block telepa­thy start turn­ing up in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, lead­ing to cop Agent Ross (GOT ’s Richard Mad­den) and his Teep part­ner Honor (Strike’s Hol­l­i­day Grainger) be­ing tasked with hunt­ing down the mys­te­ri­ous Hood Maker. From here, things get weirder and a whole lot darker. Part noir, part ro­man­tic thriller, this is a grip­ping opener of what prom­ises to be a fas­ci­nat­ing and hugely en­joy­able se­ries. ★★★★ Matthew Hur­rell

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