ABC3’s first Australian science series Steam Punks, began production in Sydney yesterday.
The series is described as “a fast, furious and funny science based quiz show hosted by comedian Paul Verhoeven from Triple J’s Breakfast’s Nerdy By Nature segment.
Contestants aged between 12-15 years-old find themselves trapped in a subterranean Steampunk world ruled by the malevolent ‘Machine’.
The ‘Machine’ uses her minion (Verhoven) to quiz the contestants on their scientific knowledge, problem solving and ability to interact with technology in order to win their freedom.
Tim Brooke-Hunt, Controller of ABC Children’s Television, said “Steam Punks will offer ABC3 viewers an entertaining mix of science and fun, and I look forward to adding this Beyond production to our schedule.”
Series Producer Anthony Watt added, “Steam Punks is like no show I have ever worked on. In fact it’s like no show that’s ever been made in this country – a narrative game show. It’s a testament to ABC3′s courage and innovation to back a truly imaginative and stylish program. Combine that with the knowledge and experience of Beyond plus the fresh new face of an energetic host and the outcome is something that I find truly exciting.”
The series consists of 40 half hour eps produced by Beyond Productions.
It will screen on ABC3 this year.