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The Inbestigators Heads to Japan


NHK in Japan has licensed the comedy mockumentary series The Inbestigators from Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

NHK picked up the 10×24-minute first season, with catch-up rights on NHK Plus. The series tells the story of four primary school children who form their own detective agency and become best friends in the process.

The show will premiere in Japan on August 7 and air every Sunday night on NHK E-tele.

Takako Hayashi, senior producer at NHK, said: “We are always in quest of quality drama series for youths and are so thrilled to broadcast The Inbestigators. Like children everywhere in the world, Japanese children love a great sense of humor and a bit of inbestigative mystery. Having a message of diversity in the series, we hope that Japanese viewers will see The Inbestigators as a window to the world that will be a lot closer after Covid and feel that they have a great bunch of friends in Australia!”

Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s CEO, Jenny Buckland, said: “The Inbestigators is a clever, funny and unique program that has resonated with audiences worldwide. We’re very proud that children in Japan will get to meet Maudie, Ezra, Ava and Kyle and join in on their adventures as they solve thorny playground and neighborhood mysteries together.”

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