NHK has acquired the first season of ACTF' popular series "The Inbestigators" (10x24') to premiere it in Japan on 7 August every Sunday night on NHK E-tele. The comedy mockumentary series, which premiered to Australian audiences on the ABC in 2019, tells the story of four primary school children who form their own detective agency and become best friends in the process. In every episode, there’s an intriguing case to crack.
Takako Hayashi, Senior Producer at NHK says: “We are always in quest of quality drama series for youths and are so thrilled to broadcast 'The Inbestigators'. Like children everywhere in the world, Japanese children love a great sense of humour and a bit of inbestigative mystery. Having a message of diversity in the series, we hope that Japanese viewers will see 'The Inbestigators' as a window to the world that will be a lot closer after Covid, and feel that they have a great bunch of friends in Australia!”
The unique premise and format of "The Inbestigators" has made it popular across Australia, New Zealand and several other continents. With Netflix holding worldwide SVOD rights to the series, the series became available for the first time to linear broadcasters outside Australia in August 2021 and it was quickly sold to RTVE/Clan TV (Spain), Wildbrain TV (Canada), KAN (Israel), SABC (South Africa), TVB (Hong Kong), RTV (Slovenia) and Radio Television Slovakia.
Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) CEO Jenny Buckland said: “'The Inbestigators' is a clever, funny and unique program that has resonated with audiences worldwide. We’re very proud that children in Japan will get to meet Maudie, Ezra, Ava and Kyle and join in on their adventures as they solve thorny playground and neighbourhood mysteries together.”
"The Inbestigators" is a series from Gristmill, made with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for ABC and Netflix. It is distributed internationally by the ACTF.