The Blue Rose - 13 x 1 hr TV Drama & Comedy (2012)
TV3 (NZ)
Distributor: All3Media International

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A contemporary, smart investigative drama in which the lowly back-room office staff join forces to fight for justice in a corrupt corporate world.  This will involve bending of office etiquette, somewhat…

Jane is a humble office temp who takes on a new post at an inner city law firm and soon realises she’s not just filling in for a secretary with the flu - she’s sitting in a dead woman’s chair. 

The deceased woman is Rose whose best friend Linda is convinced that she was murdered, despite police reports to the contrary. Linda quickly enlists Jane in her quest to find the truth and together they recruit the IT guy and the lady from payroll and form the Society of the Blue Rose. 

With some help from others on the apparently lowlier rungs in the office – our heroes fight high stakes crimes and shadowy corporate skulduggery to uncover the truth about Rose.  They are united in purpose - and tattoos - to seek out further injustices. But proving guilt is always harder than suspecting it…especially when you are the underdog.

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SYNOPSIS

The Blue Rose is a new take on the investigative drama series. Set in the vibrant and chaotic heart of Auckland city, it’s about little people getting a go, flexing their muscle, striving for change, often against corporate giants. The kick-arse stories centre around two fresh characters – Jane and Linda – leaders of the Society of the Blue Rose, a group of PA’s and computer nerds who swear to fight for justice and fairness, even if they sometimes have to break the law to do so. It’s a series about what happens when the overlooked and underpaid take back a little power.

The Blue Rose showcases the talents of two of New Zealand’s top stars, Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall (familiar to audiences as Loretta and Pascalle from Outrageous Fortune), The casting itself tells you this is no dark tragedy, or po-faced CSI. This is a chance to have fun with crime, institutional unfairness and set a few wrongs to right, but for our lead characters, it’s not without personal danger.

The Blue Rose is wish fulfilment. It’s aspirational for our audience, who’d like to change the world if they could, kick a little butt if they got the chance. It’s also about a truism we all recognise – the PA who can screw your day; the courier who can save your life.

The series has thrills and intrigue, but it’s also down to earth and funny.



AWARDS
2014 New York Festivals Awards - Bronze World Medal (Television - Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Programme/Drama)

CREDITS

JANE ANTONIA PREBBLE
LINDA SIOBHAN MARSHALL
Sonya JENNIFER LUDLAM
Ganesh RAJ VARMA
Simon MATT MINTO
Charlie JAMES TREVENA-BROWN
Krystle ANNA JULLIENNE

Created by RACHEL LANG & JAMES GRIFFIN

Directors MARK BEESLEY, MICHAEL DUIGNAN, SIMON BENNETT, JOHN LAING

Producer CHRIS BAILEY