South Pacific Pictures has begun production this week on a brand new murder mystery series, The Brokenwood Mysteries.
The series, funded late last year as The Riverstone Mysteries, is destined for Prime. In the manner of a number of opular UK series including Morse and Frost, it features standalone two-hour murder mystery stories solved (or not) by the series’ central characters.
“In a seemingly quiet country town where the town’s newest resident, Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location,” says the publicity, offering a nod in the direction of another UK detective series, Bergerac.
In Brokenwood, Neill Rea (Scarfies, Legend of the Seeker, Go Girls) stars in the lead role of DI Shepherd alongside Fern Sutherland (The Almighty Johnsons) as Detective Constable Kristin Sims.
Chris Bailey (Nothing Trivial, Street Legal) is Producer; Tim Balme (Stolen, The Almighty Johnsons) is the lead writer. James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Sione’s Wedding) has also penned one script.
Series directors include Mike Smith (Siege, Sunny Skies), Michael Hurst (Step Dave, Spartacus, The Almighty Johnsons) and Josh Frizzell (Go Girls, Nothing Trivial).
The Brokenwood Mysteries is being shot over 11 weeks in the greater Auckland region. The production received $4,276,000 from NZ On Air.
The Brokenwood Mysteries – lead actors Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea (c) SPP Photo by Jae Frew