New sci-fi drama series for children to screen in prime time

Television · Media Releases · 15th December 2014

A new family-friendly drama series in the sci-fi thriller genre, a returning murder-mystery series and a hip-hop dance film will be coming to local TV screens following NZ On Air funding.

Sci-fi drama The Cul De Sac centres on 16 year old Rose who must keep her siblings safe after all the adults mysteriously disappear and dark forces begin to tear the world apart. Produced by Greenstone TV, the six episode series will screen in a prime time slot on TV2.

“We are very excited to see a new sci-fi drama for children. It’s been a successful genre in the past and TV2’s commitment to give it a prime time slot is a strong vote of confidence in this new project,” says NZ On Air CEO Jane Wrightson.

Fans of the first series of The Brokenwood Mysteries will be thrilled to see Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd’s return for a second series of the murder mystery series on Prime. The first series had a very appreciative audience who, judging by social media chatter, were left wanting more.

“We are delighted to support another season of The Brokenwood Mysteries. The first season was gorgeously quirky, quintessentially kiwi, and its audience loved it,” continued Ms Wrightson.

Meanwhile, the feature film Born To Dance, will screen on Māori Television after its big screen release. It tells the story of an ambitious young dancer from Papakura who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer. The film is choreographed by Auckland’s own international hip-hop sensation Parris Goebel. NZ On Air’s funding is in line with its Rautaki Māori strategy.

Funding details

The Brokenwood Mysteries 2, 4 x 2 hrs, South Pacific Pictures for Prime, $4,036,000

The Cul De Sac, 6 x 30 mins, Greenstone TV for TV2, $1,024,942

Born To Dance, 1 x 2 hrs, Sector 7 Productions for Māori Television, $110,000