BBC3 commissions new travel drama set in the Cook Islands

Being Human creators, Touchpaper, have teamed up with BBC America and South Pacific Pictures to bring us a mystery murder series Tatau set in an exotic location


Friends Pete ‘Budgie’ Griffiths and Kyle Connor set off on a travelling adventure in BBC3’s new series Tatau, set in the South Pacific.


Connor gets a Maori-style tattoo ahead of his trip, but after landing in the Cook Islands, his new ink gets a very odd reaction from the locals. While snorkelling in a lagoon, Connor makes a creepy discovery – in the depths of the ocean he finds a girls body, tied up.

He calls the police, but when they arrive, her body has gone. Budgie wonders if his friend is losing his marbles, but Connor realises he’s had a premonition about an event that is yet to take place… and his new tattoo is somehow involved.

Rob Pursey, the executive producer of Touchpaper, explains, “It’s exciting to produce a show that takes the BBC audience to an entirely new location. And it’s even more exciting to explore the ancient myths of a culture that very few of us are familiar with.”

The new eight-part drama is expected to raise the bar for BBC3 dramas. BBC3 controller Ben Stephenson explained that the series is “for viewers of the channel who have a real appetite for distinctive stories from all different worlds.”

“Tatau very much continues the channel’s tradition for commissioning original, innovative and exciting drama that you would not expect to see anywhere else,” continued BBC3 channel editor Sam Bickley.

Filming for Tatau starts on location in September 2014, and the cast is yet to be announced.


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