Darby & Joan local mystery drama for Acorn TV

Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi will star in new Australian mystery drama Darby & Joan for Acorn TV in 2022.

Produced by CJZ (My Life Is Murder, House of Bond), the eight-part series centres around two strangers trekking in the Australian outback.

Brown plays a retired Australian policeman with a dog as his only company and Scacchi as a widowed English nurse. The pair meet each other and embark together on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.

The series directed by David Caesar shines a light on isolated and often unseen areas of regional Australia, and a myriad of characters moving through a world where everyone seems to be searching for something – or trying to escape it.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises, said, “Acorn TV is thrilled to work with CJZ on this rollicking road trip adventure series featuring an unlikely pair solving crimes in the Outback. We feel the series’ mix of intrigue, adventure and mystery will greatly resonate with our viewers, and the characters’ pursuit of love is a universal touchstone for all ages.”

Matt Campbell, CEO of CJZ, added, “From its embryonic state some 10 years ago we always believed Darby and Joan would become a favourite crime solving couple. We are so pleased Acorn could see what we were trying to say with the series and have backed it every inch of the way since the pitch. We couldn’t want for a better partner. Also Screen Australia and Screen Queensland for their invaluable support as always.”

Darby and Joan is executive produced by Claire Tonkin, David Hannam, Matt Campbell, Bea Tammer and Catherine Mackin, with series producer Pino Amenta. Created by Glenys Rowe and Phillip Gwynne, the series’ writers include Hannam, Beck Cole, Andrew Anastasios, Giula Sandler, Ainslie Clouston, Adam Zwar and Paul Bennett.