Tonight sees the debut of Bryan Elsley’s (Skins, Dates) Kiss Me First on Channel 4. The show is an innovative thriller which combines live action with stunning state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences in a TV drama first.
Based on Lottie Moggach’s debut novel, Kiss Me First moves between the real and virtual animated worlds. When Leila (Tallulah Haddon) stumbles across Red Pill, a secret paradise, hidden on the edges of her favourite game, she meets Tess (Simona Brown).
Tess is everything that Leila is not: hedonistic, impulsive and insatiable. So when Tess turns up in Leila’s real life uninvited, Leila’s world is forever changed. But then a member of the group mysteriously disappears and Leila begins to suspect that maybe the hidden sanctuary isn’t the digital Eden its creator Adrian claims it to be. Now, Leila’s real journey begins.
Watch the Kiss Me First trailer below:
In the show, gamers use a device called the AzanaBand to access an online game called Azana. In the game Leila plays as her avatar Shadowfax, while Tess plays as Mania.
The supporting cast include Matthew Beard, Matthew Aubrey, George Jovanovic, Freddie Stewart, Misha Butler and Haruka Abe.
UK viewers can tune into the Kiss Me First premiere on Monday April 2nd at 10pm on Channel 4. The show will also be arriving on Netflix around the world immediately following the UK broadcast.
View some images from Kiss Me First in our gallery: