Produced by Carnival Films, it will feature both Kiwi and international actors, and a New Zealand crew.
Bay of Plenty is described as a “darkly eccentric” drama that will follow a London detective’s move to Rotorua with her partner and kids. The two leads will be women.
“Strong leads are very much a signature of Neil’s work, especially when you look at Luther,” Richard Fletcher of Libertine Pictures told NZ Herald.
“The idea of the series is that from an outsider’s perspective this is paradise … It may seem that way but that’s not necessarily how it’s going to be.”
The BBC was previously a backer on Jane Campion’s acclaimed Top of the Lake.