This series will be a prequel set in 1999 titled Mystery Road: Origins.
The story centres around a charismatic young officer who arrives at his new station fresh from the city. Jay might be the new copper, but he’s not new to this town. His estranged father Jack lives here, as does the woman who will change his life forever, Mary.
The prequel will explore how a tragic death, an epic love, and the brutal reality of life as a police officer straddling two worlds, form the indelible mould out of which will emerge, Detective Jay Swan.
“We know that there’s a lot under the surface of Jay Swan. This gives us an opportunity to look into his past and what made him the detective that he is today. It’s about what formed him, what made him be this person? It’s been a fascinating journey for the writers. Mark is such a great actor and he looks a bit like Aaron, and he’s one of those guys that the ladies swoon over,” explains Sally Riley, ABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous. 
- Mark Coles Smith - Jay Swan
- M - Mature
Filmed on location in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
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