BBC Three announces cast for ‘Tatau’ drama

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The cast has been announced for Tatau, BBC Three’s new fantasy drama series from the makers of Being Human.

The eight 45-minute episodes are written by Richard Zajdlic, who has previously written episodes of By Any Means, Strike Back, This Life and EastEnders.

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Tatau will star Joe Layton (New Worlds, Father Brown) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (The Inbetweeners Movie, Silk) as a pair of 20-something friends from London travelling the world looking for sun, fun and adventure.

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The official synopsis reveals: “Kyle (Layton) even got himself a Maori-style tattoo, excited about their eventual destination: the Cook Islands. When snorkelling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater – dead. Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared. But Kyle knows what he saw.

“Desperate to uncover what happened, Kyle and Budgie (Barklem-Biggs) find themselves sucked deeper and deeper into a world of Maori myths, symbols, and hallucinatory visions…  until finally the full meaning of Kyle’s tattoo is revealed.”

Joe Layton commented: “I’m thrilled to be part of this original British drama. With such a talented production team behind it I can’t wait to help bring Richard’s fantastic scripts to life.”

Theo Barklem-Biggs added: “I’m so excited to be a part of this unique project. The script is based on real Maori mythology, it has everything in it – romance, comedy, smuggling, mystery. I’m also really looking forward to working with such a great team – everyone from the producers to the directors, right down to the cast are spot on. Not to mention we’re filming in paradise!”

The cast will also include Dutch actor Barry Atsma, with various New Zealand actors including Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor.

Tatau began filming last month in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

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