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Nikheel Katira is a gifted Indian-Australian nurse working at Wakefield - a psychiatric hospital in the haunting and majestic Blue Mountains. In the first episode, a series of events trigger song-stickage in Nik and he begins to unravel. The question is: why? This is the psychological mystery that drives eight compelling episodes. A long-repressed trauma from Nik’s past is coming back, whether he likes it or not. A rich ensemble of staff and patients surround him, each with their own desires, stories, and emotional baggage. Wakefield is an intriguing puzzle set in the hidden world of mental illness. It explores the fine line between sanity and madness, between humour and pathos, bringing Nik to a shattering emotional reckoning - and the audience to a deeper understanding and compassion.

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Rudi Dharmalingam - Geraldine Hakewill - Mandy McElhinney - Harriet Dyer - Harry Greenwood - Ryan Corr - Felicity Ward - Kim Gyngell - Dan Wyllie - Sam Simmons - Bessie Holland
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Drama, Mystery
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Jungle Entertainment Pty Ltd
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BBC Worldwide

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Screen News

Wakefield: behind the scenes

Director of Photography Martin McGrath discusses the methods he used in order to visually portray mental illness in the new dramatic series Wakefield.

15 Apr 2021
By Matthew Jenkin
The Tailings: behind the scenes

What to watch this Easter weekend

Whether you’re staying in, hopping to the movies or overindulging on chocolate, there’s plenty of new TV shows, films and online series to get stuck into this long weekend.

30 Mar 2021
By Georgia Hing
Girls Can’t Surf: carving out the feature doc

Podcast – Wakefield showrunners Kristen Dunphy and Sam Meikle

The showrunners of Wakefield on plotting the eight-episode ABC TV series, how music influences their writing, and the challenges and silver linings of a COVID-19 shutdown.

26 Mar 2021
By Caris Bizzaca
Podcast – Screenwriter Debra Oswald: Offspring & developing The Family Doctor