Airdate: The Inbestigators

Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope's next kids' series premieres on ABC later this month.

Brand new locally-produced kids’s series The Inbestigators is coming to ABC ME later this month.

The story sees ten-year-old Maudie, a freakishly gifted observer of human behaviour, form a detective agency with her classmates Ezra, Ava and Kyle, leaving no school or neighbourhood crime left unsolved.

The 20 part series is from Gristmill’s Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope (Little Lunch, The Librarians, Upper Middle Bogan, Back in Very Small Business).

The cast comprised is largely with newcomers Anna Cooke, Aston Droomer, Jamil Smyth-Secka, Abby Bergman plus Maria Angelico, James Saunders, Clarke Richards, Madeleine Jevic & Eliza Ong.

Ezra, Ava and Kyle are excited to meet the new girl in their class, especially after they discover that Maudie is no ordinary new girl. She’s a ten-year-old puzzle prodigy with odd social skills and freaky powers of observation. When Maudie outwits a thief on her first day at school, Ezra conjures a bold plan: they should all start a detective agency.

Calling themselves the Inbestigators, these four disparate kids set up shop in the granny flat in Ezra’s back yard and find that with Maudie’s intellect, Ezra’s tech savvy, Ava’s people skills and Kyle’s unbridled enthusiasm, they are soon solving one thorny mystery after another. Over the months they meet an eclectic array of clients – dancers, scientists, shop owners – and successfully retrieve missing turtles, recover stolen assignments, and work out why all the neighbourhood car alarms have stopped working. They also meet an eclectic array of culprits. Discovering how someone carried out a crime is interesting, but discovering why they did it is more interesting. Maudie, Ezra, Ava and Kyle are surprised that normal feelings they sometimes have, like loneliness or anxiety or jealousy, are most often the reason a person commits a crime. Determining the motive is not only the key to finding the culprit but also the key to understanding how other people think and feel.

Maudie, Ezra, Ava and Kyle record their adventures in a weekly vlog and it’s apparent that they take their job very seriously: there’s a lot at stake when people are counting on you to help them. It’s also apparent that, although fighting crime isn’t easy when you have to finish your homework first, being an Inbestigator is awesome. Not only are these Grade Five detectives making the world a safer place, they are having the best time doing it.

5pm Friday June 21 on ABC ME with episodes screening daily.

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