By Travis Johnson

Australian drama Barracuda has been acquired from NBCUniversal International Distribution by BBC Three and will hit broadcast and streaming in the UK in the next few months.

Based on the Christos Tsiolkas novel, the series was adapted by Blake Ayshford (Devil’s Playground, Cut Snake) and Belinda Chayko (Secret City) and directed by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Balibo, Three Dollars, The Bank), the series is set in 1996 at the dawn of the golden age of Australian swimming and follows the fortunes of a young swimmer (Elias Anton) as he struggles to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion. Rachel Griffiths and Matt Nable co-star.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC, described the series as “…compelling, complex and emotional drama – beautifully filmed and performed.”

Barracuda is currently available on ABC iView.

 

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