Childhood’s End is one of Arthur C. Clarke’s most enduring works. It tells the story of how humanity must be saved from itself, by an alien species who comes to Earth with nothing but our best interests at heart – but that has a horrifying secret. Humanity can enter a Utopian age, but at the expense of human culture and identity. Suspicions rise as Karellan, the representative of the Overlords, continues to refuse to show his face, instead speaking through human proxies.

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold) will play the Overlord ambassador, Karellen. Julian McMahaon (Doctor Doom in the last iteration of the Fantastic Four movie franchise) is Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic American entrepreneur. Mike Vogel plays Ricky Stormgren, the most influential human in the world, while Daisy Betts (Shutter) is Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to marry Ricky Stormgren.

Long considered unfilmable, the six part miniseries begins airing on SyFy Channel in December 2015.

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