BBC4 sets off down ‘Mystery Road’
BBC4 in the UK has acquired Bunya Productions’ six-part drama Mystery Road in a deal with All3Media International.
The series starring Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis, a spin-off of Ivan Sen’s feature film, will premiere as a weekly double bill at 9 pm on Saturday September 22.
Directed by Rachel Perkins, the show launched last month in the US on Acorn TV, which bills itself as North America’s most popular streaming service for British and international television. Acorn also picked up secondary rights in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
BBC2 bought the Mystery Road movie which screened on September 2 and is still available to stream.
Sue Deeks, BBC head of program acquisition, said: “Mystery Road is set in a uniquely stark and beautiful landscape and features a cast of some of the best acting talent around. We’re thrilled to be bringing this compelling and visually stunning drama to BBC viewers.”
Co-funded by Screen Australia, Screenwest and Create NSW, it’s the most watched non-children’s series on the ABC’s iview platform.
The cast included 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.
The writers are Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford and Timothy Lee.
The broadcaster is discussing a second series with the producers, David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin.