ABC3’s first Australian science series Steam Punks has started filming in Sydney.

The 40 x 30 minute series is described as a fast, furious and funny science-based quiz show hosted by comedian Paul Verhoeven (Triple J’s Breakfast’s Nerdy By Nature segment).

During each episode two teams of two contestants, aged between 12-15 years-old, find themselves trapped in a subterranean Steampunk world ruled by the malevolent ‘Machine’. The ‘Machine’ uses her minion, Verhoeven, to quiz the contestants on their scientific knowledge, problem solving and ability to interact with technology in order to win their freedom.

Series producer Anthony Watt said the show, which is being produced by Beyond Productions, was like no other program he has ever worked on.

"In fact, it's like no show that's ever been made in this country – a narrative game show," he said in a statement. "It's a testament to ABC3's courage and innovation to back a truly imaginative and stylish program. Combine that with the knowledge and experience of Beyond plus the fresh new face of an energetic host and the outcome is something that I find truly exciting."

Steam Punks will screen on ABC3 later this year.