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Maddigan's Quest - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2005

This children's post-apocalyptic fantasy series follows a circus troupe on their quest to save the city of Solis. Conceived by Margaret Mahy and developed by Gavin Strawhan and Rachel Lang, the award-winning series was produced by South Pacific Pictures. A young Rose McIver (future Tinker Bell in US TV show Once Upon a Time) led the cast, acting with a caravan of Kiwi veterans. Māori elements mixed with rural West Auckland sets in the ‘solar punk’ rendering of the future. Here, Garland (McIver) faces tragedy but meets two boys (and a baby) with magical powers.

When the great chaos changed the face of the world, out of the ashes came Solis, the Shining City: our home. Every year we leave Solis to earn some bread, to spread some joy, to entertain.
– Garland (Rose McIver) introduces the episode


A South Pacific Pictures production with Burberry Productions for CBBC, Nine Network and TV3.

Made with funding from NZ On Air


Original music by Victoria Kelly