The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. British lads Sean (Ade Oyefeso) and Dylan (Anders Hayward) meet American girls May (Alice Lee) and Ashley (Brittney Wilson) in Beijing and opt to undergo the first leg of their travels together. But they soon find that their journey takes them much further than any of them expected.
Drawn from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., the cast includes newcomer Anders Hayward ("Sistema") starring as delusional romantic Dylan, who thinks every woman he meets is a potential life partner. BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ade Oyefeso ("Unforgotten," "Youngers") is Sean, a friendly, easy-going guy hoping for a bit of escapism. They are joined by emerging Canadian star Brittney Wilson ("Bates Motel"), who plays blunt and headstrong Ashley, a young American student who is academically intelligent but emotionally unintelligent. Alongside her is Alice Lee ("Jack, Jules, Esther & Me," "Faking It") as May, a highly strung worrier who tends to overthink every situation. British actor, writer, performance poet and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key ("Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa," "I Give It a Year") joins them as Greg, a 38 year old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. His upbeat energy hides a multitude of problems.
All the members of the gang have personal quests that have brought them halfway round the world. May wants to meet her extended family in China and reconnect with her roots, Ashley is hell-bent on cramming in a lifetime of exotic experiences before she starts her high-flying career back home, Dylan wants to track down and win back his ex-girlfriend, Sean wants to shed his innocence and forcibly grow up, and Greg, a divorcee who doesn't want to travel alone, hopes to roll back the years and relive the wild hedonism of his youth. In the end, they may or may not get what they hoped for, but they'll all come away with something better: the realization that no matter how far you go, no matter how hard you try, you can't take a holiday from yourself.
Created by actor-writer Tom Basden ("Plebs," "Peep Show," "Fresh Meat"), "Foreign Bodies" is written by Basden, James Wood ("Rev," "Ambassadors"), Amy Roberts ("The Village," "Shameless"), Loren McLaughlin ("Coronation Street," "Shameless"), Charlie Covell ("Banana," "Burn Burn Burn"), Tim Key ("We Need Answers," "Screenwipe") and Jonny Sweet ("Together," "Chickens"). The series is produced by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson's BAFTA-nominated production company Eleven and global studio Entertainment One (eOne). Carrie Stein, executive vice president of global production, will oversee the series for eOne.