Netflix joins forces with E4 for "Kiss Me First" video-game drama

New six-part drama is being written by the co-creator of Skins

Channel 4 is to collaborate with Netflix on a six-part drama about two girls in an online world. The traditional broadcaster is teaming up with the cord-cutting giant to produce a show called Kiss Me First, which will focus on its characters lives in both the real world and in a video game going by the name of Agora.

The drama is based on a novel written by Lottie Moggach, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book award. According to the novel’s blurb, the plot follows Leila, who meets Tess in the online world of Agora. Tess “harbours a dark secret”, which we’re guessing isn’t a penchant for salt-and-vinegar crisps.

The episodes of the show will be a mix of live action and CGI, and the creative team says it will “explore the loneliness and isolation experienced by young people and the disparity between appearance and reality in the social media age".

Bryan Elsley, co-creator of Skins, is providing the script, and Netflix will air the outcome across its services outside the UK. The show will be broadcast for UK viewers on E4, and wind its way to All 4 for online catch-up. There's no word on the release date yet.

The world of gaming has captured the imagination of various writers and directors of late. The National Theatre in London has been showing a rehash of Alice in Wonderland, called wonder:land, with the titular fantasy kingdom recast as an online game.

You can read more about that show and its techniques here.  

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