BBC Three has given the greenlight to Tatau, a supernatural drama series from Strike Back‘s Richard Zajdlic which is being co-produced by BBC America.
Tatau, which has received an order for 8 episodes, follows Kyle Connor and Pete Griffths, two 20-something friends from London who are travelling the world, eventually destined to wind up in the Cook Islands. Kyle is so excited about their eventual destination that he has gotten a Maori-style tattoo. When they arrive on the island, Kyle finds the body of a dead girl. But when he returns with the police, the body is gone and Kyle soon realises that he can see into the future and the murder hasn’t happened yet. With the help of his friend Pete he sets out to stop the crime before it occurs.
The eight episode drama was created by Richard Zajdlic, who has written rather extensively for the Cinemax and Sky1 co-production Strike Back. Touchpaper Television and South Pacific Pictures are producing in association with BBC America. The executive producers are Richard Zajdlic, Rob Pursey, John Barnett, Chris Bailey and Matthew Read. Casting on Tatau is currently underway with production slated to commence in September 2014.
This marks first drama commission for the channel since the BBC announced the closure of BBC Three as a linear channel, which is set to take place in Autumn 2015. Tatau is expected to launch on BBC Three before that date, however, and as such may be unaffected by said plans. The commission reunites BBC Three and BBC America with Touchpaper Television, who produced five seasons of Being Human for the two broadcasters between 2008 and 2013, eventually leading to a US version which ran for four seasons.
“From the makers of Being Human, Tatau is an ambitious new BBC3 drama series that will raise the bar for viewers of the channel who have a real appetite for distinctive stories from all different worlds”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson.
While BBC Three Channel Editor Sam Bickley, who commissioned the series alongside Ben Stephenson, added: “BBC Three has rightfully made a name for itself producing multi-award winning dramas like In the Flesh, The Fades and Being Human. Tatau very much continues the channel’s tradition for commissioning original, innovative and exciting drama that you would not expect to see anywhere else.”