The Brokenwood Mysteries

  • 90 Mins
  • Drama
  • TV Series

Detective Mike Shepherd and his trusty team wrestle with the alarming murder rate in the small bucolic town of Brokenwood.

48 x 90 min episodes available.

The Brokenwood Mysteries is a series of two-hour murder mystery stories set in a seemingly quiet country town where the town's newest resident, Detective Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location.

Neill Rea (Scarfies, Legend of the Seeker, Go Girls) stars in the lead role of DSS Shepherd while Fern Sutherland (The Almighty Johnsons) plays Detective Kristin Sims.

Each telefeature in the series is a standalone story which sees the show's two lead police officers and their trusty team including Detective Constable Daniel Chalmers played by Jarod Rawiri (Shortland Street) and Pathologist Dr Gina Kadinsky played by Cristina Ionda (Filthy Rich, Cold Mountain) trying to solve a murder case. 

Tim Balme (Stolen, The Almighty Johnsons) is the lead writer and producer. In New Zealand the series airs on TVNZ 1 and has screened internationally in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Key art (3)


Tim Balme, Philip Dalkin, James Griffin, Greg McGee, Pip Hall, Nic Sampson, Fiona Samuel, Sarah-Kate Lynch, Roy Ward, Mike Smith, Kathryn Burnett


Mike Smith, Josh Frizzell, Micheal Hurst, Murray Keane, Mark Beesley, Helena Brooks, Oliver Driver, Aidee Walker, Katie Wolfe, Geoff Cawthorn, David de Lautour, Caroline Bell-Booth, Sima Urale, Jacqueline Nairn


Chris Bailey, Sally Campbell, Tim Balme

Executive Producers

John Barnett, Kelly Martin, Chris Bailey, Sally Campbell, Andrew Szusterman

Award 1

Bronze Medal: New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2015

Award 2

Silver Medal: New York Film and TV Awards 2018:   Television – Entertainment Special: Mini-Series

Award 3

Silver Medal: New York Festivals Film and TV Awards 2019 for Television – Entertainment Special: Mini-Series

Award 4

Bronze Medal: New York TV & Film Awards 2023 for Entertainment Program, Crime Drama

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