EXCLUSIVE: Adventure and family action series from Libertine Pictures (NZ) and Slim Film + Television (UK) Mystical, was returned to service for two additional seasons by CBBC (UK) and TVNZ (NZ).
British actor Macey Chipping (Holby city) returns in the lead role of Issie Brown and is again joined by New Zealanders Antonia Robinson, Max Crean, Jacqueline Joe (Top of the lake), Josh Tan (Mulan) and Harriet Walton.
Production of the two new series, each comprising eight 30-inch episodes, is set to begin May 31 in New Zealand.
In the new seasons, Issie and his band of crazy horse friends will not only have to face all the usual trials and tribulations of adolescence, but will also have to battle new and unexpected threats to their beloved stables and the local environment. In the second season, their lives will be turned upside down by the arrival of a charismatic stranger and an intriguing mystery after the poisoning of a precious racehorse.
Mystical was created and written by Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers (Horrible stories for CBBC) and is based on New Zealand author Stacy Gregg’s Pony Club Secrets book series. Joining Amy and Beth for series two and three are New Zealand writers Sam Shore (The sounds), Martha Hardy-Ward (Ellen leaves), Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) and Briar Grace-Smith (The cousins).
Rounding out the core cast are Laura Patch (After life), who plays Amanda, Issie’s mother, and Cathy Downes (The winter of our dreams), who plays grandmother Mitch, with Phil Brown (American playboy ), Kirk Torrance (Dead lands), Carrie Green (under the vines) and Jonny Brugh (What we do in the shadows). Ari Boyland (Power rangers) and Sara Wiseman (A place to call Home) are among the New Zealand talent joining the cast of the ensemble this year.
The show is distributed by Daro Film Distribution. The executive producers are Richard Fletcher for Libertine Pictures, Simon Crawford-Collins for Slim Film + Television, Amy Buscombe for CBBC, Brian Bird for Super Channel, Pierre-André Rochat for Daro Film Distribution and Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers. The two new series are produced by David Stubbs (Reservoir Hill) in New Zealand and Jen Burnet in the UK.
Richard Fletcher, Managing Director of Libertine Pictures, said: “We are delighted that CBBC and TVNZ are supporting two more seasons of the show. It’s exciting to be able to bring Mystic fans more adventure, humor and horses with our characters from Kauri Point. We are delighted that Mystical has developed its own sequel on the back of Stacy Gregg’s bestselling Pony Club Secrets books. With pre-production already well underway in New Zealand, we look forward to showcasing New Zealand and British talent and our beautiful country to an even wider international audience with two more captivating series.
Libertine Pictures recently wrapped up filming on Under the vines, the six-part romantic comedy starring Rebecca Gibney (Research) and Charles Edwards (The crown), produced with EQ Media Group for Acorn TV and AMC Networks’ TVNZ.
Slim just finished filming his eight-part adaptation of Jules Verne Around the world in eighty days with David Tennant.