Brokenwood killing it with the overseas audience
These days, it is still one of the most popular murder mysteries streaming on Acorn TV in the United States and the United Kingdom and also boasts fan bases in France, Denmark, Italy and Australia.
In 2021, it moved to TVNZ 1 – upped the series episode count to six – and found a whole new Kiwi audience as well. Thanks to the pandemic, season eight has been a long time coming but it finally begins screening this week.
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Every murder on The Brokenwood Mysteries, ranked and reviewed
The fictional town of Brokenwood is a peaceful rural idyll where you are almost guaranteed to get murdered on arrival. For seven seasons – soon to be eight when the show returns to TVNZ1 this weekend – the sleepy spot has hosted a slew of surprising murder scenes, each grisly mystery neatly solved by the crime fighting team of detectives Mike Shepherd, Kristen Sims, Daniel Chalmers and Sam Breen (RIP) within the feature-length runtime.
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Why Brokenwood Is One of the Best Mystery Series of the 2010s
The New Zealand mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries, produced by Tim Balme, Chris Bailey, and Sally Campbell, combines just the right amount of senseless crime with a wholesome small-town atmosphere. There are not many shows that manage this balance and while the project is reminiscent of Britain’s Midsomer Murders, Brokenwood Mysteries seems to establish its own genre between murder mystery and casual village drama.
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From Ferndale to Brokenwood for Jarod Rawiri
As far as entrances go, Jarod Rawiri’s debut on The Brokenwood Mysteries is pretty low key.
The former Shortland Street favourite is a replacement for DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson) and the only advice his predecessor offers is, “Don’t let Kristin make the coffee”.
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A farewell to Brokenwood detective Sam Breen, from the man who plays him.
Nic Sampson has played beloved detective constable Sam Breen on The Brokenwood Mysteries for seven seasons, but it’s time to say goodbye.
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Tim Balme on creating mayhem and murder
The New Zealand made television series Brokenwood Mysteries has been described as this country's answer to Midsomer Murders. Show creator, Head writer and Producer, Tim Balme talks to Radio NZ about creating murder after seven seasons.
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Roles to die for on The Brokenwood Mysteries
New Zealand actors will happily die for the chance to be on The Brokenwood Mysteries, one of this country’s most successful dramas.
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The Brokenwood Mysteries finds new home on TVNZ1
BRAND NEW SERIES OF THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES TO SCREEN ON TVNZ
AUCKLAND, NZ, Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 – South Pacific Pictures is pleased to announce that the latest series of The Brokenwood Mysteries has found a new home on Television New Zealand (TVNZ). The show formerly aired on Prime Television.
South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin comments: “We are thrilled that a brand new series of The Brokenwood Mysteries will be part of the local content line-up on TVNZ in 2021, further showcasing their commitment to providing a broad range of locally made drama. We would also like to acknowledge Prime’s contribution to the series and the support they have shown for this New Zealand-made show since 2014.”
The Brokenwood Mysteries has brought a fresh and wholly Kiwi approach to the murder-mystery genre, becoming one of New Zealand’s most loved dramas both at home and internationally. The Brokenwood Mysteries currently screens on 21 channels in 17 countries. The seventh series will see six (two hour) episodes being produced for broadcast in 2021.
“We are delighted to be in production of the seventh series of The Brokenwood Mysteries,” adds Martin. “The ongoing success of the series in New Zealand and internationally is a testament to the show’s incredibly talented writers, production team and of course the cast.”
Annie Murray, Sky’s Local Content Manager, comments: “We’re immensely proud of The Brokenwood Mysteries and the role Prime has played in its success. As Sky moves into a new commissioning phase, we’re pleased that fans will still be able to enjoy the murder mystery drama.”
TVNZ Director of Content Cate Slater says “We’re pleased TVNZ 1 will be the new home of The Brokenwood Mysteries in 2021. Featuring big characters and uniquely Kiwi stories, it’s the perfect fit for our local line-up. We can’t wait to show viewers what’s next.”
Funding for this series has been secured through international partners Acorn TV and All3 Media and locally through TVNZ and the NZ Screen Production grant.
The Brokenwood Mysteries Listed No 1 Crime Drama on Acorn TV
A recent Mystery Tribune feature titled 47 Best Crime Drama and Thriller Shows On Acorn TV: 2020 Edition, The Brokenwood Mysteries came out on top in the number one spot.
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Meet the 'Bad Girls' of The Brokenwood Mysteries
Seven sirens of the popular show unite for the epic season finale.
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Brokenwood star worries over dodgy teacher role
Blair Strang is worried about the character he plays in The Brokenwood Mysteries.
Brokenwood Actors Spinning Around The World.
The lead actors of The Brokenwood Mysteries are all currently residing in very unusual places.Continue reading
Brokenwood Mysteries' star Laura Hill on What Travel has Taught Her
Laura Hill plays Lawyer Miranda Temple on The Brokenwood Mysteries. She also loves to travel.Continue reading
Tim Balme pays homage to Dad in The Brokenwood Mysteries episode
Most people don't plot a murder mystery as a tribute to their late father but then The Brokenwood Mysteries writer Tim Balme is not most people.Continue reading
The Brokenwood Mysteries' Neill Rea takes lead from canine co-star
The Brokenwood Mysteries star Neill Rea is no stranger to working with the cream of New Zealand's acting talent but this season he is really upstaged – by a corgi called Logan.
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NZ On Air confirms fundng for sixth series of The Brokenwood Mysteries
NZ On Air has confirmed funding for a sixth series of the locally and internationally successful series, The Brokenwood Mysteries.
The show, which screens in 16 different territories worldwide, will begin filming in mid-2019.
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Music star goes 'Crazy' for The Brokenwood Mysteries
Award winning country singer Tami Neilson has created a special rendition of Willie Nelson's 'Crazy' for the 20th episode of The Brokenwood Mysteries.
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Why everyone loves The Brokenwood Mysteries
Tim Balme chats to Stuff.co.nz about the international success of The Brokenwood Mysteries.
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Murder most successful
Season Five of The Brokenwood Mysteries is here! Lead actors Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland chat to the TV Guide about the show's international success. Read more here:Continue reading
How to survive in the town of Brokenwood
Alex Casey investigates the best way to survive in the town of Brokenwood. Read more here:Continue reading
Nic Sampson talks DC Breen's rise through the ranks
It has taken three years, but The Brokenwood Mysteries' Detective Constable Sam Breen is finally given a chance to shine this week. Read more here:Continue reading
Tim Balme's role behind the camera
Tim Balme talks about his transition to behind the scenes on The Brokenwood Mysteries. Read more here:Continue reading
Murder becomes an obsession for The Brokenwood Mysteries stars
The Brokenwood Mysteries stars, Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea discuss the fourth series of their hit murder mystery show.Continue reading
Louise Wallace talks about her role on The Brokenwood Mysteries
Louise Wallace talks type-casting, maintaining dignity while on reality shows and her new role in The Brokenwood Mysteries.Continue reading
The Brokenwood Mysteries is coming to UK screens
Nic Sampson (Detective Sam Breen) talks about what UK fans can expect from The Brokenwood Mysteries' arrival on UK screens.
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The Brokenwood Mysteries confirmed for fourth series.
Amateur sleuths will welcome the return of the classic Kiwi murder-mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries on Prime. NZ On Air confirmed a fourth series will be funded in 2017.Continue reading
At My Place: Fern Sutherland
Brokenwood star Fern Sutherland talks us through her favourite things in the Sydney apartment she currently calls home.Continue reading
Ido Drent returns to local TV in The Brokenwood Mysteries
Following his departure from Shortland Street, the 29-year-old found success in Australian drama Offspring. Now he's back in New Zealand and set to guest star in The Brokenwood Mysteries in an episode titled The Killing Machine. Read More Here:Continue reading
Amanda Billing guest stars in The Brokenwood Mysteries
In the two years since she left Shortland Street, Amanda Billing has continued to make her mark on television and on the stage. She talks to the TV Guide's Sarah Nealon about her new role on The Brokenwood Mysteries.Continue reading
The Brokenwood Mysteries with Fern Sutherland
Yahoo talked to Fern Sutherland, the very funny and charming star of The Brokenwood Mysteries, as the series returns for its third season.Continue reading
Why Nic Sampson is the hardest working man in NZ television
Nic Sampson (Detective Sam Breen on The Brokenwood Mysteries) talks about series 3 of the show and his many other projects.Continue reading
The Brokenwood Mysteries' stars surprised by international success
The success or failure of a local television show is usually measured in ratings. If it pulls in an impressive number of Kiwi viewers, TV executives are happy and so are the advertisers.
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A third season of Brokenwood is confirmed for 2016
NZ on Air today confirmed funding for a third series of The Brokenwood Mysteries (4 x 2 hour telefeatures) to screen on Prime TV in 2016.
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Cristina Ionda talks Brokenwood
She might be originally from Transylvania, but actress Cristina Ionda admits she actually faints at the sight of blood.
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Brokenwood filming goes to the dogs
Most actors believe children and animals are best to be avoided on stage or screen, but Mrianda Harcourt thinks the opposite.
In her guest appearance on The Brokenwood Mysteries, Harcourt plays Paula Worthington, an amateur thespian starring in a local production of Hamlet who also has two dogs, aptly named Viola and Sebastian after the twins in the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night.Continue reading
Time for another mystery
There can be few more enduring pleasures in TV watching than settling in and spending an evening solving a nice juicy murder. And the good news is we're at absolutely no risk of ever running out of them. Poor saps are forever meeting their untimely ends in Midsomer. Old Miss Marple's always got her beak in a case. And then there's Poirot, Frost, Morse. Murders never cease.
The Brokenwood Mysteries, which returned to Prime for its second series last night, has carved out its own niche in the genre. Its first series, which screened last year, drew upon the abundance of essential murder mystery ingredients on offer here in New Zealand - small towns, eccentric locals, strange love triangles, petty infighting - and distilled them all into the fictionalised country town of Brokenwood.Continue reading
What's so great about The Brokenwood Mysteries
When the TV Guide sits down with The Brokenwood Mysteries stars Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea, it is in a location that their characters would usually avoid.
It is difficult to imagine Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd and Detective Kristin Sims sipping coffee at an inner-city Auckland cafe – they are more often out in the countryside around the small town of Brokenwood, getting their hands dirty and exposing the darkest secrets of the town's inhabitants.
Rea and Sutherland have just wrapped filming of the crime drama's second season, which starts on Prime this week, and provides the detective duo with another four murders to solve.Read the rest of the story here.
How Fern Sutherland is Breaking out of Brokenwood
Fern Sutherland is earning her own international fan club with her small screen roles. As The Brokenwood Mysteries returns for a second season, she talks to Lydia Jenkin.Continue reading
New Plymouth actor and cop team up for murder mystery television show
When Fern Sutherland got cast as a detective in a murder mystery show she asked an old school friend for insight into the world of crime fighting.
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Brokenwood wins at the New York Festivals
The Brokenwood Mysteries has received a Bronze World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards.
New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards, now in its 58th year, presented the awards at a gala which was held at the annual NAB Show on April 14th, 2015. Entries were from more than 50 countries.
The Bronze World Medal was awarded to the South Pacific Pictures series in the Drama category for 'Television - Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program'.
A second season of The Brokenwood Mysteries is currently in pre-production and will air on Prime TV in New Zealand later this year. The show has to date been sold to a variety of territories including France, Denmark, USA and Australia.
Season 2 of The Brokenwood Mysteries coming in 2015
South Pacific Pictures will be producing a second season of The Brokenwood Mysteries in 2015.
NZ on Air today confirmed funding for a second series of four 2-hour telefeatures which will screen on Prime TV in New Zealand.
The new episodes will go into pre-production in March 2015 for an 11-week shoot which will commence in May.
Series Producer Chris Bailey said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to produce another series of The Brokenwood Mysteries for Prime. The network has been really supportive of this show and we also received terrific feedback from viewers who simply loved the series. We can’t wait to create a bunch more mysteries for Detectives Shepherd and Sims to solve next year.”
The first series The Brokenwood Mysteries aired on Prime TV over four weeks in September and October of this year.
The Brokenwood Mysteries season one DVD was released on December 11 and is available through all good retailers. The show’s official soundtrack, which features 2014 Silver Scroll winner Tami Neilson along with many other top Kiwi country, blues and alt rock artists, is available to purchase through iTunes.
The Brokenwood Mysteries DVD out now
Just in time for Xmas!
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The Brokenwood Mysteries soundtrack album now available!
The Brokenwood Mysteries soundtrack album will be released on iTunes NZ on December 11, 2014. Click here to download your copy now!
Featuring music from:
- 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Winner Tami Neilson
- Delaney Davidson
- Barry Saunders
- Mel Parsons
- The Harbour Union
The Brokenwood Mysteries delivers killer ratings for Prime
Prime TV’s new local series The Brokenwood Mysteries charmed Kiwi viewers last night to give the channel its highest Sunday night rating in the 8.30pm timeslot all year.
Nearly 200,000 viewers watched Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and his off-sider Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) solve the first suspicious death in Brokenwood last night – double Prime’s normal ratings in this time slot.
Prime achieved a 13% share in the 5+ demographic, similar to the international blockbuster movie Prometheus on TV3 which also screened last night.
Head of Prime Karen Bieleski was thrilled with the response.
“It’s great to see our own local mystery perform so well, particularly when you consider that this slot has most recently been home to top international murder franchise Poirot,” she said.
“We have had terrific feedback from critics and couldn’t be happier to see that local viewers are tuning in in their thousands. It’s a credit to everyone at South Pacific Pictures who have delivered a wonderfully watchable Kiwi mystery series and NZ on Air for supporting fresh new home-grown drama on Prime.”
In the channel’s 25-54 demographic, The Brokenwood Mysteries rated a 3.2 TARP/10% share, again rating nearly double the 2014 average.
Viewers not only voted with their remotes, but droves took to their social media accounts to comment on The Brokenwood Mysteries. Comments included: “Enjoyed it, beautifully shot & well-paced.”; “Surprisingly good NZ TV comeydrama”; “ loved it! will be eagerly waiting for next week”; and “Brilliant. Loved it. Homegrown masterpiece.”
In next week’s episode of The Brokenwood Mysteries, “Sour Grapes”, it’s the annual Brokenwood Wine Show and Mike and Kristin find there’s more than just wine stored in the fermentation vats.
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Brokenwood Mysteries: A moment of sleuth
It was Miss Scarlett, in the billiard room, with the candlestick.TimeOut wanted to find out whether Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland's roles in new murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries had heightened their powers of deduction. So we challenged them to a game of Cluedo, the winner being the first to discover Miss Scarlett's misdeeds.