Former Packed to the Rafters star Zoe Ventoura is returning to television to feature in Nine’s upcoming crime drama, Hyde and Seek (formerly known as Hide and Seek).
She joins Matt Nable (Underbelly: Badness, Gallipoli), Deborra-lee Furness (Correlli, Jindabyne), Emma Hamilton (The Tudors, Mary: The Making of a Princess) and, as revealed by TV Tonight, Mandy McElhinney (House of Hancock, Love Child).
It marks the first series role for Ventoura since Wild Boys in 2011, which followed her top-rating exit from Rafters in 2010.
Also appearing in Hyde and Seek are Tai Hara, Claire Lovering, Andrew McFarlane, Aaron Fa’aoso and Stephanie Panozzo.
The series by Matchbox Pictures is co-created by writers Gavin Strawhan (Step Dave, Nothing Trivial) and Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune, Blue Rose) who have many NZ credits.
Executive producers are Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan for Nine and Debbie Lee for Matchbox, with producer Stephen Corvini and directors Peter Andrikidis, David Caesar and Daniel Nettheim.
When his best mate is killed in a seemingly random attack, Detective Gary Hyde (Matt Nable) vows to bring the killers to justice. Together with his new partner Claire McKenzie (Emma Hamilton), Gary uncovers a criminal underbelly that will threaten his life, endanger his young family and cause him to question everything he believes in. In a world where crime has no borders and everyone has something to hide, Gary and Claire might catch the criminals but will they lose their loved ones in the process?
The series is now in production and expected later this year.