New ABC crime drama, Harrow, jointly funded by US studio

A new Queensland-based crime drama, Harrow has been announced by ABC, which has the backing of the powerful ABC Studios in the US.

The 10 part drama, to be co-produced by Hoodlum Entertainment, follows on from their success with Secrets and Lies having 2 seasons adapted in the US.

The series by Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath is described as ‘darkly funny, totally irreverent, and always surprising.’

‘Dr. Daniel Harrow is no ordinary forensic pathologist. Brilliant. Unorthodox. And a murderer?

Harrow’s total disregard for authority and his unfailing empathy for the dead help him solve even the most bizarre of cases. He is driven to give victims a voice, and will bend every rule to get to the truth of what happened to them,’ a press release indicates.

‘But when a terrible secret from his own past threatens his family, his career, and himself, Harrow needs all his wit, wile, and forensic genius not to solve a crime, but to keep it buried.’

Sally Riley, ABC Head of Scripted Production said: “The ABC is thrilled to be working with the award-winning team at Hoodlum to bring the complex and compelling Harrow to life.

“Trying to unravel the mystery and understand just what makes Harrow tick will keep audiences guessing right to the end of this exciting new drama series.”

Keli Lee, Managing Director, International Content & Talent, ABC Studios International, said: “As our first foray into series production, we’re so excited to produce Harrow for worldwide distribution.

“A compelling story and great characters resonate all over the world.”

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said, “This is a tribute to the talents of Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Hoodlum, which continues to build an international reputation for creating groundbreaking film and television.

“The development and filming of Harrow in Queensland is a great coup for our state and will drive Queensland’s ongoing momentum for making and attracting quality local and international productions.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “The Queensland Government investment in the home-grown thriller Harrow, through Screen Queensland, will deliver job opportunities and skills development for the local screen industry, with broader economic benefits for Queensland.

“The filming of the series will result in direct expenditure of more than $15 million into Queensland jobs, goods and services … and will also showcase Queensland locations globally, opening the doors to tourists considering where next to visit.”

It’s not yet clear if Harrow will air in America, or potentially have its own adaptation.

Filming is due to begin in Brisbane and south east Queensland in August.

Photo: stock image.


  1. Seems like Doctor Blake, but in modern day Qld. He had a secret past and would persue the case at any cost. Or am I the only one that sees that similarity?

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