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The mysterious organization at the centre of a massive, complex conspiracy, seemingly bent on genocide. These are the antagonists of Utopia.

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The Network
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Founders and Leadership

    Mr. Rabbit 
Portrayed by: Geraldine James, Rose Leslie (as young Milner), Adeel Akhtar
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The mysterious leader of the Network, and one of its co-founders.

At the end of the first season, it is revealed that Mr. Rabbit was in fact Milner, but following her death, the identity was passed to Wilson Wilson.

For tropes related to them both before her reveal, see here.

  • Big Bad
  • The Chessmaster
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Concerning Jessica Hyde; from the moment she was born, Carvel loves Jessica enough for him to have doubts about the his work, causing Milner to comment that she's "losing him". When she captures Jessica at the end of Series 1, Milner takes special delight in telling her that Janus was inside her ("Can't you feel Daddy's love inside you?"). And in Series 2, #5, when Carvel reveals that he altered Janus so that Jessica would survive and carry on humanity.
    Milner: ...You did this for her?
  • Deep Cover Agent: Appears to operate both as an actual government spy and as the head of the Network, simultaneously.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies while she's being cradled by Philip Carvel.
  • Double Agent: Infiltrates the main group opposing the Network, while acting as the Network's leader.
  • The Dreaded: Milner tells terrifying stories of Mr. Rabbit's history as an assassin and spy prior to the Network, which have established them as an unstoppable and all-pervasive force, an enemy virtually impossible to fight back against - not least because nobody knows who they are.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the Series 2 premiere, Milner is shocked when Philip tells her that Pietre's behavior - which leads to Philip's wife having him arrested for child endangerment - is due to experiments Philip performed on him. His excuse is that Pietre was the only human test subject he had on hand.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Evil Redhead: In the 70s.
  • Gender Misdirection: The alias "Mr. Rabbit" neatly deflects scrutiny off of her.
  • Like a God to Me: Philip Carvel is this to her.
    Milner: I said you were a god. And you were.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Milner's love for Philip Carvel invokes this trope. He is forgiven by her for doing things (trying to leak Janus to the press on more than one occasion) that would have any other person killed by the Network. After Jessica is born, he's allowed to keep the baby. And when he reveals that his 'adjustment' to Janus nullifies the vaccine for Russian flu - meaning that 98% of humanity would be sterile and then die horribly and quickly, as opposed to the Network's original plan of 95% of humanity dying quietly over a generation or two - she still goes ahead with the plan.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She is the woman behind the man behind the man.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Milner and Philip Carvel. Milner's then-husband, Tom, calls what's going on between them a "higher" form of love.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their secret identity is integral to the plots of both seasons.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Deconstructed in her backstory. She's seen horrible things in her life even before her involvement with Carvel and creation of the Network. So when Carvel presents a scheme to save the world, no matter the cost. Milner goes ahead with it, and still pushes forward with it even after her initial objections around what Carvel intended to do, and even beyond Carvel's own objections, no matter how many people she has to put in bodybags. And it's thousands of them by the sound of it.

    The Assistant 
Portrayed by: James Fox, Ed Birch (as the young Assistant)
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Letts' assistant, a high-ranking member of Corvadt Industries. Series 2 reveals that he was a spy in the Cold War and was a founding member of the Network as well as a close associate of Mr. Rabbit.

    Philip Carvel 
Portrayed by: Tom Burke

A brilliant scientist, the other co-founder of the Network, and the author of The Utopia Experiments.

For tropes related to his older self, see here.

  • Abusive Parents: Used his own children for scientific experiments, resulting in one becoming an emotionless sociopath and the other socially stunted and largely unscrupulous. He insists that he loves Jessica, however, even though he plants a bioweapon inside of her, making her the target of a ruthless genocidal conspiracy.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Downplayed. Traumatized by man's brutality to man, he went as far as to experiment on his own children, to diminish the impulse of violence - but it backfired horribly. He also wrote a paper on eugenics advocating a human cull and all but stated that during the creation of Janus, he wanted it adjusted to work on 95%-98% of the world's population, choosing one ethnic group to survive, to the shock of his colleagues. He later reveals that he went ahead with it anyway, but expresses deep regret over this, and can't even mention the adjustment without breaking down, and it is eventually discovered that the Roma people are immune to Janus.
    Philip Carvel: I only wanted to help evolution...
  • For Science!
  • Insufferable Genius: He's smart. And he knows it. This stops when his ideas start making headway in the Network, and he starts having second thoughts. He eventually loses his marbles altogether.
  • Jerkass: He's very abrasive. Certainly so in his youth. Then there's that whole "let the human race die horribly, except for the Roma people" thing. But then, by the end even he realised how fucked up that plan was.
  • Mad Artist: He's a talented artist as well, and created "The Utopia Experiments" in the form of a comic book/manuscript. However, he went insane shortly after completing them.
  • Mad Scientist: By the end of his career.
  • Sanity Slippage: By the time he writes The Utopia Experiments.
  • The Unfavorite: Pietre / Arby. What makes it worse is that what makes Pietre this to him, is something that was his own fault to begin with.



    Conran Letts 
Portrayed by: Stephen Rea

A high-ranking member of Corvadt Industries.

    Geoff Lawson 
Portrayed by: Alistair Petrie

The Secretary of State for Health, secretly working for the Network.

  • Asshole Victim: One of the Network's least sympathetic victims.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's able to be very charming when he wants to be, but drops the friendly facade when he gets down to business.
  • Jerkass



Portrayed by: Neil Maskell
"Where is Jessica Hyde?"

An assassin employed by the Network, who soon discovers he has a more personal connection to the organization than it first appeared. He eventually finds out that his real name is Pietre, and he's really the son of one of the Network founders, Philip Carvel, as well as the brother of Jessica Hyde.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Appears to be essentially sociopathic, with difficulty speaking and breathing. His mannerisms are in general very awkward and forced.
  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits, especially in Season 2.
  • Cain and Abel: The revelation that he's actually Philip's son and Jessica's brother renders him as the Abel to her Cain.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Arby turns out to be one. It's short for "Raisin Boy".
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jessica. Both are loners, survivalists, and trained killers. And siblings.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father killed his pet rabbit in front of him when he was just a baby and it was all downhill from there.
  • Not So Different: To Jessica, as all characters eventually recognise. And for good reason.
  • Insistent Terminology: After discovering his real name, he refuses to be called Arby again.
  • The Sociopath: Kills with no remorse or hesitation whatsoever. Then it's revealed in season two that he was experimented on by his father as a child, implying that he was made into one.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Lee.
  • The Un-Favourite: His father abandoned him without a second thought while being prepared to die for his daughter, Jessica.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would kill one. That said, it seems to spark his eventual rebellion against the Network.

Portrayed by: Paul Ready

Portrayed by: Steven Robertson
"Nothing produces carbon like a first-world human, yet you created one. Why would you do that?"

One of three Network sleeper agents responsibly for executing their plan in series 2.


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