In its statement to the committee it noted, “Network TEN’s investment in local drama will grow in 2013, as we broadcast our largest and most diverse drama slate ever with Logie-nominated dramas like Puberty Blues, Offspring and Neighbours returning and new dramas like Mr and Mrs Murder, Reef Doctors, Secrets and Lies: The Track, and Wonderland. In 2013 TEN will broadcast close to 190 hours of first-run Australian drama.”
But absent from the list was the 8 part miniseries Batavia, announced in October as part of TEN’s 2013 highlights.
So was it an oversight or has TEN quietly delayed one of its promised new Dramas?
Screentime did not directly answer a question about whether the show would still screen in 2013 but said the project was in advanced development and finalising funding.
A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight, “The writers are hard at work on the adaptation of Peter FitzSimons book as we speak. Screentime are currently finalising their financing. There is already a lot of international interest and Batavia will go to air later this year.”
Given the scale of the sprawling miniseries, one would think Batavia would need to be going into production very soon if it is still to air this year.
Still, at this rate it will probably sail into dock before TEN’s no-show Come Date with Me.