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MCM BUZZ – Movies, TV, Comics, Gaming, Anime, Cosplay News & Reviews » ITV commissions supernatural ‘domestic horror’ drama HIM
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ITV commissions supernatural ‘domestic horror’ drama HIM

ITV has announced three new drama commissions, including confirmation that the Bafta Award-winning Cold Feet is to return and a medical drama set in Goa called The Good Karma Hospital. However, it’s ‘domestic horror’ drama HIM, written by multi award-winning screenwriter writer Paula Milne, which caught our eye.

Paula Milne HIM ITV domestic horror drama

The story focuses on a 17-year-old boy, (known only in the drama as HIM) who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. He is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their new found domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”.

But his behaviour is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother understands, who urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.

When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil HIM feels escalates out of control – and so does his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.

“HIM tells the gripping story of a boy capable of psychic phenomena. It’s extraordinary and unlike any drama we’ve commissioned before,” said ITV’s director of drama, Steve November.

“It focuses on life’s major themes: the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power.”

“It’s fantastic to be bringing such a bold, surprising and emotional serial to ITV from one of the UK’s most eminent writers,” added executive producer Sally Haynes.

The three-part drama is produced by Mainstreet Pictures (Unforgotten), with Andy De Emmony (Lucky Man, Recovery, Bletchley Circle) directing. Filming begins in suburban London in January 2016.

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