Showtime has announced that it has picked up the Australian psychological drama Wakefield for the US.

Wakefield: Rudi Dharmalingam as Nik Katira — Photo Credit: Mark Rogers / Jungle Entertainment / ABC / BBC Studios

Inspired by the personal experiences of series creator Kristen Dunphy (The Principal), psychological drama Wakefield shines a comedic light on what happens when the sanest person working in a psych ward begins to lose his grip.

The eight-episode drama stars Rudi Dharmalingam (The Split, Tin Star) as Nik Katira, a psych nurse who has been working at Wakefield for years and is exceptionally good at his job. With a gift for soothing the afflicted and reaching the unreachable, Nik is the most stable person in what tends to be a pretty crazy place. But right now, as his own sanity is slipping, the question is… why?

Tackling the complexity of mental illness with humor and heart, Wakefield explores the fine line between sanity and madness, powered by an intriguing psychological mystery.

Said Jana Winograde, President of Showtime Entertainment, Showtime Networks, Inc.:

“WAKEFIELD is a fascinating journey into the mind of a man tasked with worrying about everyone else’s minds. We are excited to bring Rudi Dharmalingam, who gives such an engaging and heartbreaking performance, and his wonderful co-stars to SHOWTIME viewers. With humor, tenderness and suspense, WAKEFIELD travels right to the heart of what it means to be alive – truly alive – in this complicated and extraordinary world.”

Wakefield costars Mandy McElhinney (Bad Mothers), Geraldine Hakewill (Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), Felicity Ward (The Inbetweeners 2), Harry Greenwood (Gallipoli), and Dan Wyllie (Secret City).

The drama is a production of Jungle Entertainment in partnership with BBC Studios for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), together financing the series with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. The series is executive produced by showrunners Kristen Dunphy and Sam Meikle (Neighbours), along with Chloe Rickard (No Activity) and Jason Burrows (Mr Inbetween), and the ABC’s Sally Riley (Total Control). It is directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket).

Wakefield premieres in the US on Monday, October 18, at 9 PM ET/PT, on Showtime and its apps and digital channels.


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Wakefield: Showtime Acquires Aussie Psychological Drama for US Audience
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