From outside the gates of their lush Herne Bay home, it would be easy to assume that the Lampton family have it all.
There’s Simon (Matt Minto, Shortland Street), a respected obstetrician; Karen (Jodie Hillock, Nothing Trivial), his beautiful, philanthropic wife; and Elke (Madeleine McCarthy) and Claire (Zoe Jansson Bush, Find My Killer), their two bright teenage daughters.
With enough room even for Simon’s less well-to-do older brother Ford (Dean O'Gorman, The Almighty Johnsons) to stay with the family until he gets back on his feet, the Lamptons want for nothing.
Yet all is not as it seems in this upmarket suburb and, when neighbour Julia Stevens (Jackie Geurts, Ash vs Evil Dead) – a patient of Simon’s - is found murdered in her own home it sends shock waves through the community.
Worse still, as Detective Marie Da Silva (Madeleine Sami, The Great Kiwi Bake Off) gets her investigation underway, every clue seems to lead her back to the Lamptons – and in particular to Simon, who finds he may have been taking his privileged life for granted.
What is Simon hiding? How have he and Ford been affected by their traumatic childhoods? And why has the enigmatic Roza Hallwright (Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Underbelly), wife of soon-to-be next Prime Minister David Hallwright (Xavier Horan, Alibi), taken such an interest in their troubled little family?
As family secrets unravel and the Lampton’s world begins to crumble, Detective DeSilva uncovers a web of lies spun by someone the Lamptons would never suspect.
Based on a series of books by award-winning New Zealand author, Charlotte Grimshaw, and starring some of New Zealand’s best and brightest performers, The Bad Seed tells a gripping story of family bonds broken, loyalties divided, and vengeance vowed – culminating in a finale that will leave you breathless.
The Bad Seed premieres Sunday 14 April on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand
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