BBC Three has acquired the UK rights to Cleverman, a “high-stakes” Australian drama which sees a species from ancient mythology living among humans and battling for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.
At the heart of the story are two estranged brothers, Koen and Waruu West, who are forced together to fight against terrifying enemies, both human and not of this world.
But can Koen, a man bestowed with a powerful gift and destined to become the ‘Cleverman’, learn to harness his power before everything around him crumbles?
The ensemble cast includes Scottish actor Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones), Golden Globe nominee Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Logie Award-winner Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).
Cleverman features creatures and effects from the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop (Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy).
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC, said: “Cleverman is an incredibly original and ambitious drama which is gripping from the very start.”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: “I’m so pleased Cleverman is coming to BBC Three, it’s a clever, thought-provoking dystopian drama that will definitely cause a stir.”