The BBC is adding a second Australian series to their line-up. Mere weeks after acquiring No Activity for BBC Two, the Beeb has inked a deal with All3Media International to secure the UK rights to Mystery Road for BBC Four. The series will premiere on Saturday September 22nd at 9pm with a double-bill.
“Mystery Road is set in a uniquely stark and beautiful landscape and features a cast of some of the best acting talent around”, said the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal with All3Media. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this compelling and visually stunning drama to BBC viewers”
Mystery Road follows Detective Jay Swan, who is sent to the remote outback town of Patterson for what he thinks will be a simple investigation into the disappearance of two young jackaroos. Partnered with tough local cop Emma James, their investigation will gradually unpeel the layers of the town, as Jay’s ability to hunt beneath the surface reveals crimes and miscarriages of justice that stretch back into Patterson’s history. In solving the mystery of the missing boys, Jay and Emma – and the town – will learn a hard lesson – that you have to be truthful about your past to understand your present, and to have any sort of future.
The drama series, which was commissioned by Australian public broadcaster ABC, is a spin-off from Ivan Sen’s film of the same name and stars Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman, Colin Friels, Wayne Blair, Anthony Hayes, Ernie Dingo, John Waters, Aaron McGrath, Tasma Walton, Madeleine Madden, Kris McQuade, Meyne Wyatt, Tasia Zalar and Ningali Lawford Wolf. It is produced by by Bunya Productions for ABC Australia in association with All3media International. The episodes were written by Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Tim Lee; and directed by Rachel Perkins (Redfern Now, Jasper Jones). The executive producers are Sally Riley and Ivan Sen.
Check out the trailer below: