Batavia miniseries won’t sail in 2014 after all

Exclusive: TEN's ambitious period miniseries runs ashore without funding -and may not sail at all.

2013-03-28_0036EXCLUSIVE: TEN’s ambitious period miniseries Batavia is no longer proceeding in 2014, and may not set sail at all after further funding problems.

A TEN spokesperson confirmed to TV Tonight, “Screentime was unable to finance Bataviain the timeframe we were aiming for, but we are not ruling out an opportunity with Bataviafurther down the track.”

In December TEN confirmed the eight-part series about the shipwrecking of the Batavia would set sail into production in mid-2014 after financing was completed.

“Screentime and TEN are in advanced discussions re key crew and casting,” the network said at the time.

TV Tonight understands the series was due to film interiors in Canada and exteriors in Queensland, despite its WA story backdrop, but it has hit a rock with Canadian funding.

The saga written by Peter FitzSimons was originally announced in 2012 for a 2013 screening due to air this year.

The disappointing news comes at a time when Offspring is awaiting confirmation of a further series, and Puberty Blues has not yet been renewed.

However TEN returns Wonderland next week with sexy trailers teasing the upcoming Party Tricks and Neighbours approaching its 30th year.

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