Outback Coroner series for Foxtel

Crime & Investigation's new series will follow various Coroners in outback and rural areas of Australia.

Screentime and Evershine will co-produce a new observational documentary series, Outback Coroner, for the Crime & Investigation Network.

The 8 x 1 hour series follows various Coroners from all over Australia “as they navigate time, distance, suspicion and culture, in search of answers to mysterious and unexplained deaths in outback and rural areas of Australia. The series will take viewers inside the mindset and challenges confronting the Coroner and his team, who investigate the forensic evidence, conduct autopsies and counsel the bereaved in search of answers.”

Evershine’s Helen Barrow serves as Series Producer and Co-Executive Producers with Screentime’s Simon Steel and Bob Campbell.

Simon Steel said, “This is an opportunity to give the public a better understanding of what is often seen as a daunting figure – the Coroner. Their findings and recommendations can have an impact not just locally, but across the country and, in some cases, can even inform international debate.”

Series Director and writer Hugh Piper said, “Inquests are quite different to the law courts. There are no rules of evidence and therefore hearsay and rumour are part of the mix. It is the Coroner’s inquisition – his enquiry seeking answers or recommendations – that goes to ensure tragedy is not repeated.”

Jim Buchan, General Manager of Factual Channels, Foxtel added, “The role of Coroner is one of the most intensely interesting professions, especially in regards to the investigation of crime. The unique challenges represented by the Australian outback, combined with the unprecedented access that Screentime/Evershine has secured in this series, will be of tremendous interest to our CI audience.”

The series is currently in production and will air in the second half of 2013.

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