Wired, a science fiction series from Steven Volk, and The Dead Beat, a paranormal crime series from John Jackson, are the first series created out of the non-exclusive development deal between BBC America and Clerkenwell Films, which was announced in September 2011. Both series will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.
Wired is described as taking place in a world that looks exactly like today, except for one thing: this is a world with ‘Syns’ (‘Synthetic Organisms’), exact replicas of human beings and the newest luxury accessory money can buy. Wired explores our evolving relationship with technology, the boundaries of society’s values and moralities, our hypocrisies and contradictions; holding up a mirror to who we are today and what we might become.
The Dead Beat, is about two cops, one dead and one alive, who become a reluctant team, working from leads in the world of the dead to track down killers in the world of the living. Subverting the crime genre, The Dead Beat brings a whole new meaning to cold cases, underworld informants, dead leads and buried evidence.
Speaking of the two new series which are now in development, Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, said: ““We couldn’t be more excited to be developing these British projects with Clerkenwell – our first originals in the sci-fi genre. Supernatural Saturday has become a popular fixture on BBC AMERICA’s schedule and both these highly creative ideas add a new dimension to our programming.”