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BBC acquires Scrublands series

September 5, 2023

The BBC has acquired new Australian crime drama Scrublands, based on the award-winning novel written by Chris Hammer, for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

The four-part series from Australian production company Easy Tiger stars Luke Arnold, Jay Ryan and Bella Heathcote. Scrublands is set in an isolated country town, where a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners. One year later investigative journalist Martin Scarsden (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.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, commented: “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 en”

Scrublands (4 x 50) was acquired by the BBC from Abacus Media Rights who have international distribution rights for the series. It was produced by Easy Tiger 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.

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