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Season 1

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 15th January 2013 [Tuesday]

A couple of hitmen are wandering the streets of London, in search of the manuscript for an unpublished graphic novel. One of them is Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ), a scruffy-looking fellow who looks like a young Paul Merton. The other is Lee, a torturer in a blue suit, who looks like The Schmidt in New Girl.

The manuscript is in the hands of a member of an online community (including Nathan Stewart-Jarrett - the token black guy from Misfits ). The villains start bumping them off, so they have to go on the run together. One is a paranoid conspiracy theorist, but he is not nearly paranoid enough.

A ten year old boy steals the manuscript. The villains are after him too. However, he is a streetwise chav and can stay off the grid.

As the bodies start to pile up, a police detective (Michael Smiley - A Field In England ) starts to nose around.

A Civil Servant is manipulated by senior bureaucrats Stephen Rea ( Underworld: Awakening ) and Edward Fox ( ) into undermining a Government minister.

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 2]
Shown 22nd January 2013 [Tuesday]

The survivors go on the run with Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ), a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo type. She takes them on the offensive, trying to get info on the conspiracy. However, she is just as violent and ruthless as the villains themselves. Will she turn on the protagonists in order to save herself?

The Civil Servant gets confronted by a journalist. The Journo has a Norn Iron accent, just like the Police Detective did in the previous ep. What will his life expectancy be?

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 3]
Shown 29th January 2013 [Tuesday]

Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) the hitman stages a school shooting in order to frame the runaway lad, Grant. But it seems that our Paul Merton lookalike is developing some kind of conscience ...

The trio do not trust Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ), and she knows it. But she wants the kid to take her to the manuscript. Will she get the drop on the hitman, or will she stupidly get herself cornered?

The Civil Servant tries to get a sample of the virus from Fetlar. But can he get a scientist to examine it?

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 4]
Shown 5th February 2013 [Tuesday]

Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) the chubby hitman starts to remember his own childhood. This leads him to a near breakdown, and he wants answers of his own.

The gang discover a lead. Everything traces back to food additives. They close in on the man in charge. But is he a pawn? And is it wise to give a sawn-off shotgun to a mentally-unhinged ten-year-old child?

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 5]
Shown 12th February 2013 [Tuesday]

Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) (or Pietre, as he prefers to be known) takes Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ) to the manuscript. But first he tries some get-to-know-you stuff. They have a lot more in common than Jessica suspects.

The gang interrogate their prisoner. He reveals the true nature of the Utopia Project. It is like something a villain would have though on in Stargate SG-1 .

The Civil Servant tries to make his deal with the Conspiracy. Has he sold his soul?

Utopia Utopia [Season 1, Episode 6]
Shown 19th February 2013 [Tuesday]

The Conspiracy is about to distribute the vaccine. The Civil Servant has to perform a last-minute check on it.

The gang go after Mr Rabbit. He has the wee lad, and is squeezing him for the final numbers in the evil formula.

This ep ties up the Season. However, a final revelation sets things up for Season 2.

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utopia Utopia [Season 2 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th July 2014 [Tuesday]

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    Season 2

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 1]
    Shown 14th July 2014 [Monday]

    In the mid-1970s, the UK is suffering from the aftermath of the oil crisis. MI5 operative Georgina Milner ( Rose Leslie ) meets a scientist (Tom Burke - The Musketeers ) who has a solution to the world's overpopulation problem.

    The scientist is not exactly an innocent victim. We see how his son Pietre becomes Raisin Boy. However, he discovers that his MI5 partners are far more ruthless than he suspected.

    The Janus Conspiracy hits a bump when Milner gets blackmailed by Airey Neave (Tim McInerney - Blackadder the Third). However, we all know how that ended. And when Threemile Island nuclear power plant becomes a location, the result is inevitable.

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 2]
    Shown 15th July 2014 [Tuesday]

    The story takes off four months after the end of the first Season. Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) has reverted to his birth-name of Pietre, and become a different kind of Oddjob-man. However, his old partner Lee the torturer drops by for a chat. Mr Rabbit wants Arby back to do a job. Wilson Wilson has also been recruited, to work with Lee - the man who tortured and mutilated him!

    The target they are after has befriended Becky the welsh girl, and involved her in a plot to abduct scientist-cum-author Kevin Eldon. Ian Johnson (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett - Misfits ) and Grant (who is supposed to be in hiding) are still trying to find Becky.

    Mr Rabbit sends backup for Arby - a SWAT team who do not believe in mutual fire support, or even in using interchangeable weapons.

    Meanwhile, Mr Rabbit has another plan - V-Day. Although the Russian Flu vaccine was originally intended to be limited to the UK as a test-run, they now want to vaccinate the entire global population on a single day in November. This completely ignores the fact that they believe the formula was modified, which is why they have spent several months torturing Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ) for the info.

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 3]
    Shown 22nd July 2014 [Tuesday]

    Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ) is scheduled for brain dissection. She has other plans, and makes her escape attempt.

    Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) takes the others to a super-hacker he used to work with. He is still a complete sociopath, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

    With Arby gone rogue, Lee has a new partner. Yes, Wilson Wilson is back in action. Unfortunately, this pairing is far from ideal. Lee gets a few great one-liners in, but he is still bitter about being shot in the lung and being partially paralysed.

    The civil servant is blocked by an unexpected complication. A scientist is suspicious, and manages to discover evidence of the conspiracy. But she has no idea what she has stumbled into.

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 4]
    Shown 29th July 2014 [Tuesday]

    Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ) crashes at the Civil Servantís place, while he struggles with his conscience. We find out what happened to his wife and adopted daughter.

    Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) and Lee have a temporary truce. Are the dynamic duo of evil back together again?

    Mr Rabbit tries to coerce Wilson Wilson into killing. After last week, when he proved incapable of killing the man who blinded him and killed his father ...

    The survivors try to talk to crazy old Anton (Ian McDiarmuid - Star Wars ). He explains what the modification to Janus is. He also helps them pinpoint the delivery method for the Russian Flu.

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 5]
    Shown 5th August 2014 [Tuesday]

    Arby (Neil Maskell - Humans ) has Anton (Ian McDiarmuid - Star Wars ) and Grant. Jessica Hyde ( Fiona O'Shaughnessy ) has Milner. What will happen when they all finally meet?

    Ian Johnson (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett - Misfits ) and Becky the welsh girl go looking for Arby. Their only place to start is at the Civil Servantís place, where Ian last saw Jessica. Wilson is also looking for Milner, who was last seen at the Civil Servantís place.

    We finally discover the adaptions that were made to the Janus formula. But can it be stopped in time?

    utopia Utopia [Season 2, Episode 6]
    Shown 12th August 2014 [Tuesday]

    The killer (last seen as the Civil Servant in Being Human ) has been activated. Wilson and Ian try to hunt him down.

    Becky is still halucinating, entering the final stages of the disease. Can Anton (Ian McDiarmuid - Star Wars ) make the drug she needs in time?

    The ending is a predictable twist. But it is so artistically done ...