BBC Acquires Kiwi Teen Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Cul De Sac’ In Deal With Jetpack Distribution

The Cul De Sac is coming to the UK.

The BBC has acquired all three seasons of the New Zealand teen sci-fi drama starring Riverdale’s K.J. Apa after striking a deal with international distributor Jetpack Distribution. The BBC will make the series available as an exclusive box-set on the iPlayer.

The UK deal for the series comes close to a year after Jetpack Distribution secured distribution rights to The Cul De Sac. In addition to securing a deal with the BBC, Jetpack has also agreed deals for the series with Finland’s national public broadcasting channel Yle and Danish broadcasting corporation DR.

The Cul de Sac follows Rose, who wakes one day to find that the adults in her world have mysteriously vanished. She must then draw on all her courage to keep her siblings safe as dark forces begin to tear the world the grown-ups left behind apart. The drama series is produced by Greenstone TV and stars Greta Gregory, KJ Apa and Beulah Koale. Each of the three seasons consist of six episodes. The target audience is kids aged 9-16 and their families.

“This was Jetpack’s first foray in live action for older kids and we just blown away by it! It really draws on the zeitgeist and contemporary young audiences’ interest in dystopian mysteries”, said Jetpack Distribution CEO Dominic Gardiner. “The show has been enormously well received – and we are delighted to be seeing it air on these three hugely well-regarded and established broadcasters in Northern Europe.”

Check out a trailer for The Cul De Sac below: