A TV drama first Kiss Me First is a new thriller combining live action with stunning state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences.
Tess played by Simona Brown
Tess struggles in the real world, but in the virtual reality game, Azana, her avatar, Mania belongs to a secret group, Red Pill. Red Pill and its leader, Adrian has become Mania’s safe space where she can escape her troubles and swim. Adrian thinks that Tess needs a friend in the real world, and that Leila might be the ideal candidate. Tess seeks out Leila and is determined to make the friendship work.
Adrian played by Matthew Beard
Adrian, the leader of Red Pill, is as mysterious as he is powerful. He created Red Pill, a secret paradise to hide a group of Azana members who aren’t interested in the monotony of the rest of the game. Adrian chooses who can join.
Jonty played by Matthew Aubrey
Jonty needs somewhere affordable to live, so when he sees Leila’s room for rent ad, he knows it’s perfect for him. Jonty is Welsh and also an actor, only working as a barista until he lands his big break. Jonty is mischievous but loyal and wonders who Leila is always speaking to in her room.
Based on Lottie Moggach’s debut novel, Kiss Me First moves between the real and virtual animated worlds. When Leila (Tallulah Haddon, Taboo, The Living and the Dead) stumbles across Red Pill, a secret paradise, hidden on the edges of her favourite game, she meets Tess (Simona Brown, The Night Manager). 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.
Kiss Me First airs on Channel 4 Date: 2 Apr 2018, 22:00. Image credit: Channel 4