Australian TV networks are still programming local drama in head to head battles with Nine confirming it will launch its thriller Hyde & Seek against Seven’s The Secret Daughter on Monday October 3rd.
The announcement follows recent programming moves that pit Doctor Doctor, The Wrong Girl and Deep Water in Wednesday night timeslots.
This comes after a light first half of the year where commercial networks went months without any new Australian drama.
On the weekend Seven confirmed its launch date for its 6 part drama The Secret Daughter. Nine has been planning an October launch for some weeks and had presumably been eyeing the same date. While it will launch off the back of The Block, Seven has Secret Daughter following its X Factor launch.
Last year network programmers promised they wouldn’t be copying one another this year.
Matt Nable (Underbelly: Badness, Gallipoli) stars in the gripping new drama series Hyde & Seek which will premiere on Monday, October 3 at 8.45pm on Channel Nine.
Joining Nable in an all-star cast are Deborra-lee Furness (Correlli, Jindabyne), Mandy McElhinney (House of Hancock, Love Child), Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters), Emma Hamilton (The Tudors, Mary: The Making of a Princess), Tai Hara (Home and Away), Claire Lovering (San Andreas), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Puberty Blues), Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground, Love Child), and Aaron Fa’oso (East West 101).
When his best mate and partner is killed in a random attack, Detective Gary Hyde (Matt Nable) vows to bring the killer to justice. Together with his new partner Claire McKenzie (Emma Hamilton), Australian Federal Police boss Jackie Walters (Mandy McElhinney) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation chiefs (Deborra-lee Furness and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor), Gary uncovers a criminal underbelly of murder and fraud as he is thrust into the secretive world of homeland security. In a world where crime has no borders and everyone has something to hide, Gary’s wife (Zoe Ventoura) and young children find themselves in the firing line.
Nine’s Heads of Drama, Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney, said: “We’re thrilled to join forces with Matchbox Pictures and our brilliant cast to bring audiences the most exciting and action-packed drama of 2016. With its ripped-from-the-headlines stories and international locations, Hyde & Seek is must-see crime drama at its most compelling and entertaining.”
Hyde & Seek is made for the Nine Network by Matchbox Pictures, with producer Stephen Corvini (Schapelle, Devil’s Dust) and Executive Producer Debbie Lee.
“Hyde & Seek is a view of some of the timeliest & most engaging stories going on in our world right now and Matchbox Pictures are delighted to have partnered with Channel Nine to bring this series to life”, Corvini said.
The creators/writers are Gavin Strawhan (Step Dave, Nothing Trivial) and Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune, Blue Rose) with writers Niki Aken and Michelle Offen. The series is directed by Peter Andrikidis (Catching Milat, Fat Tony & Co.), David Caesar (Underbelly: Razor, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Ripper Street).
8:45pm Monday October 3rd on Nine.