Inside Out off TEN’s drama list

Prison-based drama Inside Out, announced at last year's programming launch, is no longer on TEN's drama slate.

Prison-based drama Inside Out is no longer on TEN’s drama slate.

Announced last year at TEN’s 2011 Programming launch the project will not proceed at TEN due to differences over the creative direction between the network and producers Freehand.

But there appears to have been some confusion between the show being commissioned, and being in development. Conceived as a 6 part drama, there was hope it might succeed to a series.

Whilst the thriller was enthusiastically embraced as a ‘reimagining of Prisoner‘, its premise was closer to Bad Girls and Widows. It tells the story of an innocent woman thrown in gaol, who comes to realise getting even is the best revenge.

Programming chief David Mott said last year, “It’s a story in a detention centre about a woman who, wrongly accused, seeks her revenge.

“We’re very excited about it. We’ve looked at Prisoner for some time now and wondered whether it’s time to revive the style of that show.”

The Prisoner links were also alluded to due to Prisoner writer Ian Bradley’s involvement in the project. The late Denise Morgan, who was instrumental on Prisoner scripts, was also part of Inside Out‘s development.

Following Don’t Stop Believing, this becomes the second project from TEN’s 2011 Programming Launch to be subsequently shelved.

33 Responses

  1. Good question about Network Ten’s drama points Courtney (Jul 3).

    Unless Neighbours moves back to main channel as part of the Murdoch shakeup they look to be in a rather big hole. The current programmers insist that Neighbours will remain exclusively on Eleven come what may. The current landscape will test their resolve.

    Press reports suggest that Ten has 13 x each of Offspring and Rush. Apparently Offspring 2 qualifies a series (not a mini-series like last year) so both it and Rush score 3.0 per hour. Total = 78 points. Average required for each of the next three years is 286.7 and minimum in any year is 250. Even if aiming for the minimum in calendar 2011, another 172 points are required. The drama rules tell us that’s somewhere between 43 and 172 hours, depending upon format and licence fees paid. Deduct from this other local or NZ series already broadcast this year (if any).

    Buying up more NZ drama series and local feature films is one legitimate way to fill the void, so in a cost conscious environment you might reasonably expect so see this kind of product playing late night and over summer. Then of course there’s any new local commissions that can make it to air before December 31.

    In the old days falling short of quota minimums wouldn’t have troubled the networks too much – a stern letter from ACMA, perhaps a short para in the financial press and it’s back to business. Now there’s a huge licence fee rebate hanging in the balance if they fall short of their quota obligations.


  2. John Edwards is a modern day Hector Crawford or Reg Grundy. His resume and prolific current output is both impressive and successful. Offspring, considering its quirky charms, has outrated most of the other tv dramas of recent years. It is brave, distinctive and boasts the best ensemble on the box. Long may it shine.

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