The BBC has acquired the new Australian crime drama "Scrublands," based on the award-winning novel written by Chris Hammer, for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. "Scrublands" (4 x 50) was acquired by the BBC from Abacus Media Rights, who have international distribution rights for the series. Easy Tiger produced it for Stan Australia and the Nine Network. Produced by Ian Collie, Rob Gibson, David Redman, and Felicity Packard, the series is directed by Greg McLean and written by Felicity Packard, Kelsey Munro, and Jock Serong.
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, said: "With its enigmatic central protagonist and atmospheric depiction of rural Australia, the compelling and complex narrative of Scrublands will keep BBC viewers guessing until the very end…"
The four-part series from Australian production company Easy Tiger (Colin from Accounts, The Twelve) stars Luke Arnold (Black Sails, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS), Jay Ryan (It Chapter Two, Top of the Lake) and Bella Heathcote (C*A*U*G*H*T, Relic). "Scrublands" is set in an isolated country town where a charismatic and dedicated young priest (Jay Ryan) calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners. One year later, investigative journalist Martin Scarsden (Luke Arnold) arrives in Riversend to write what should be a simple feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy. But when Martin's instincts kick in, and he digs beneath the surface, the previously accepted narrative begins to fall apart, and he finds himself in a life-and-death race to uncover the truth. The cast also includes Robert Taylor (The Newsreader), Adam Zwar (Squinters), Zane Ciarma (Neighbours), Victoria Thaine (Nowhere Boys), Stacy Clausen (True Spirit), Genevieve Morris (No Activity) and newcomer Ella Ferris.