BBC Three has acquired four-part Australian drama Barracuda, a story of identity, obsession, success and failure set in an exclusive boy’s school.
The series, based on the book of the same name by award-winning novelist Christos Tsiolkas, is directed by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Balibo, Three Dollars).
It stars Golden Globe winner Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Brothers and Sisters), Matt Nable (Hyde & Seek, East West 101) and introduces Elias Anton as central character Danny Kelly.
Barracuda begins in 1996 in Melbourne, when Danny has just won a swimming scholarship to the prestigious Blackstone College.
Although this takes Danny a step closer to his dream of an Olympic Gold, Blackstone is worlds away from his previous school, and Danny struggles to fit in.
The school swim squad exclude him, both in the classroom and in the pool.
However, under the charge of a highly regarded coach, Danny is soon on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the unstoppable 'Barracuda'.
As Danny swims closer to his dream, he finds himself being drawn into a world where the only thing that matters is winning.
He eventually gets a chance to prove himself in front of the whole of Australia – but time will tell if Danny can live up to everyone’s expectations.
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC, said: “Barracuda is a compelling, complex and emotional drama – beautifully filmed and performed.”
Barracuda will be available BBC iPlayer this winter.
Watch ABC's trailer for Barracuda