The Tribe (TV series)
|Created by||Raymond Thompson
|Developed by||Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group
|Theme music composer||Simon May
|Opening theme||"The Dream Must Stay Alive"
Rosalind J (Series 1)
Meryl Cassie (Series 2–5)
|Ending theme||"The Dream Must Stay Alive"
Rosalind J (Series 1)
Tribe cast (Series 2–3)
Tribe Sister (Series 4–5)
|Country of origin||
New Zealand (Production)United Kingdom (Commissioning)
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||260 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Raymond Thompson
Debra Kelleher-Smith (Seasons 2–5)
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original channel||Channel 5|
|First shown in||United Kingdom|
|Original run||24 April 1999 – 6 September 2003|
|Followed by||The New Tomorrow|
The Tribe is a New Zealand/British post-apocalyptic fictional TV series primarily aimed at teenagers. It is set in a near-future in which all adults have been wiped out by a deadly virus, leaving the children of the world to fend for themselves. The show's focus is on an unnamed city inhabited by tribes of children and teenagers. It was primarily filmed in and around Wellington, New Zealand.
The series was created by Raymond Thompson and Harry Duffin (from an original idea by Raymond Thompson) and was developed and produced by the Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group in conjunction with the UK's Channel 5. It has aired on over 40 broadcast networks around the world. (See: Broadcast history)
It debuted on Channel 5 on 24 April 1999 and quickly gained a large fan base. From 1999 to 2003, five series and 260 half-hour episodes were produced. Series 6 was scheduled to begin filming in 2003, but Nick Wilson, of Channel 5, and Raymond Thompson felt that "although the show was still performing well, the cast was getting too old and the series was beginning to stretch the core proposition." They felt the characters were not kids fending for themselves without adults any more. As a result, the show was cancelled. Channel 5 aired the final two episodes on 6 September 2003.
A sequel to The Tribe, The New Tomorrow, was produced by Cloud 9 and Channel 5 and aired in 2005. It was aimed at a younger audience, 8 to 12-year olds, and told the story of descendants from the original series with a new cast.
Discussion which led to the creation of the series began when Raymond Thompson, co-founder of the production company Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group and known for his work as a screenwriter on the soap Howards' Way, was approached by Nick Wilson of Channel 5 to "develop a soap for the millennium targeting a child/adolescent market". Raymond Thompson recalled an idea that he had had as far back as the 1980s about a world without adults, run by tribes of children and teenagers. Having already worked with writer Harry Duffin on several occasions, Thompson contacted him in November 1997 to work with him on further developing of the new TV series for Cloud 9. They then commissioned and recruited a team of ten writers to adapt the storylines and by July 1998 the first four scripts of The Tribe were finished.
Pre-production for Series 1 started in June 1998 and filming began in August 1998. Principal photography was completed in March 1999 and the first episode premiered on Channel 5 on 24 April 1999.
The cast and crew mounted to between 400 and 500 people on each series of The Tribe. Filming of each series took about four to six months. This mainly took place in two studios at Cloud 9’s production centre in Wellington, New Zealand. The permanent set of the "Phoenix Shopping Mall" was located in Studio A. This huge structure took five weeks to build prior to the commencement of principal photography and was said to be the largest set built for a production in New Zealand at the time. All of the shops contained in the Mall were built to almost realistic shop size specifications and designed to last for a long time.
Studio B housed the sewers that the Mall Rats use to secretly escape the Mall, as well as temporary structures that were built for scenes outside the Mall or in other parts. The Mall set was repainted and dressed accordingly to use on another Cloud 9 production that was filmed at the same time, Atlantis High.
The Tribe was also shot on location in and around Wellington. For example, the Cloud 9 Studios car park was used as the exterior of the Mall and Alice and Ellie’s farmhouse was built in the rural area of Whitemans Valley in Upper Hutt. At times, the crew closed off Wellington streets during the weekends to shoot scenes that took place in the desolate streets of the City The Tribe was based in.
Most of the cast had agents prior to the casting in 1998, as they had already worked on productions that were filmed in New Zealand, such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Mirror, Mirror II.
Many of the actors had also worked with Raymond Thompson on other Cloud 9 productions before they auditioned for The Tribe. Jennyfer Jewell (Ellie) and Ryan Runciman (Ryan) had worked on The Enid Blyton Adventure Series in 1996 and Jewell had also starred in The Enid Blyton Secret Series in 1997 alongside Daniel James (Zoot). Beth Allen (Amber) and Michael Wesley-Smith (Jack) had been cast in The Legend of William Tell in 1998 and many cast members from series 1 had acted in William Shatner’s A Twist in the Tale in 1999.
The majority of the actors cast in series 1 were still in school and were tutored between scenes at Cloud 9's production centre. The underaged cast members stayed in the "Cast House" for the duration of the shoot and were accompanied by chaperones on set. Intra-cast dating was strictly forbidden and actors Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu (Cloe) and Dan Weekes-Hannah (Ved) were fired during series 4 for breaking this rule.
Pre-production for Series 6 started in September 2003 and a script for a Tribe movie was written and put on the market. However, Nick Wilson, of Channel 5, and Raymond Thompson eventually decided that although "the show was still performing well, [they] felt that the cast was getting too old [and that] it was beginning to stretch the core proposition." The cast and crew members went on to work on other productions. The scripts for the first two episodes of Series 6 were included on the Series 5 DVD box set released in 2006 (see 2006 in home video). The episodes told the story of the Mall Rats, who had to leave the City on a boat at the end of Series 5, as they arrived on an unknown island.
During pre-production for Series 6, Channel 5 and Cloud 9 created a sequel for The Tribe: The New Tomorrow. 26 episodes were produced and they aired in 2005 on the Seven Network in Australia and on Five. It was also filmed in Wellington, with 20 core cast and up to 100 crew, including a large number who had worked on Peter Jackson's King Kong. Many themes and story lines intended for The Tribe's Series 6 were used and adapted for the new show. It was aimed at a younger audience, 8 to 12-year olds, but followed the same theme of children creating a new world without the adults. It was set further in the future and followed the story of four Tribes: the Ants, the Barbs, the Privileged and the Discards.
The Tribe (film) 
According to Raymond Thompson, in June 2012, a movie based on the television series is in the early stages of production, with work on the script and final budget underway.It is uncertain whether the movie will be a continuation of the television series or else a reboot based on the first series. A release date for motion picture is said to be around late 2014. No further information has been released from Raymond Thompson or his Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group.
The Tribe was targeted primarily at an audience age of 11 to 18, though it has fans of all ages. Five series of The Tribe have been created, with 52 episodes per series, amounting to 260 episodes in the entire run.
The TV series starts about six to nine months after all the adults have been killed by an unknown Virus. The story is about the survival of the children and teenagers who are left on their own in and around an unnamed City. The world has become a primitive hell of anarchy, confusion, danger and fear. With no adults to guide, rule or protect them, the children of the world are on their own and need to build a New World they can live in.
The show mainly focuses on the Tribe of the Mall Rats. Its members are confronted with problems of technology (how to get clean water and some form of power) and problems of morality. The children deal with teenage issues (loves, fears, betrayals, ambitions, friendships) as well as bigger issues that threaten peace in their New World (finding an antidote to the Virus, bringing peace to the City, defeating the Locos, Chosen and Technos).
Series 1 
Amber and Dal wander the streets when they stumble upon Cloe, Salene, Patsy and Paul. They are attacked by Lex, Ryan and Zandra and take refuge in a shopping mall where Jack has been living since his father died. Seeing the advantages the mall offers, they all decide to stay. Lex and Ryan agree to defend the newly-formed Tribe in exchange for shelter and food. They are soon joined by Bray and a heavily pregnant Trudy. Lex and the rest of the tribe members want Trudy gone, however Bray will not let them throw her out. Trudy wants Bray and her to start a family, but Bray does not want to. Though the majority is against letting them stay, they change their mind once the baby is born. Everyone thinks that Bray is the father of Trudy's baby; however, Bray's brother, Zoot, is the father. Lex decides to call themselves the Mall Rats in a bonding ritual performed by the newly-arrived, spiritual Tai-San.
Throughout Series 1, the Mall Rats struggle to survive in the new world. The Tribe is confronted with water and food shortage. Jack and Dal work on a sand water filter that allows them to drink rain water. They also make a wind turbine that allows them to trade batteries for food. The members of the new Tribe at first find it difficult to live with each other. They all have different opinions and tend to put their own interests first. Amber, Bray and Lex compete for leadership and barely agree to share the responsibilities. Amber takes care of day-to-day management, Bray supplies food and Lex is named Head of Security. The characters also have to deal with personal problems inside their Tribe. Trudy suffers from postnatal depression and Patsy's twin brother, Paul, goes missing without a trace. Salene suffers from bulimia (which goes through to season 2), but finds comfort in Trudy and Ryan after Selene gets attacked by Dirk and Roanne.
The Mall Rats also have to defend themselves against outside enemies. Jack invents an alarm system that tells them when there is an intruder. When Zoot is accidentally killed in a fight with Lex, the Locos start looking for him everywhere. The Mall Rats take part in a Tribal Gathering and unsuccessfully try to convince the other Tribes to rebel against the Locos. After mischievous arrival KC loses everything while gambling, the Tribe Circus invades the Mall and leaves them for dead. They are saved just in time by an improbable alliance with the new leader of the Locos, Ebony.
When the second wave of the Virus hits the City, the Mall Rats decide to go search inside government buildings, hoping to find a cure. Bray, Amber, Dal and Lex find an antidote on nearby Hope Island, and when Lex catches the Virus, Ebony forces him to drink it to test its effects. Lex is fully cured and the Mall Rats, along with Ebony, leave the Mall for Eagle Mountain, hoping to find further information on the antidote. Once there, they don't find any formula and the Mall Rats consider going their separate ways. Suddenly, there is a Spanish message to the space observation site Eagle Mountain: "Vaya con Dios" ("Go with God") and the Mall Rats are told they are the only hope for humanity.
Series 2 
Series 2 begins on Eagle Mountain, just as a generator catches fire in the building. Amber, Zandra, and Zandra's baby die in the explosion that follows. The Mall Rats are distraught, but still end up deciding to stay together and find another antidote before they get wiped out. Bray and Lex are heart broken after Lex lost his baby and wife (Zandra), and Bray lost his girlfriend (Amber).
After finding the formula, Tai-San becomes the only one who knows how to make the antidote. The Mall Rats take advantage of their new position of power and try to instate peace in the City. Danni joins them and tries to set up a Bill of Rights in an effort to unite all the Tribes. Lex and Alice, Tai-San's new bodyguard, supervise the security of the Trading Market that is installed in the Mall. Jack and Ellie work together on finding more information about the origins of the Virus and create a newssheet for the City, called The Amulet. When the Mall Rats discover they don't need the antidote any more, they fear the City will descend into chaos again.
The Mall Rats are confronted by the mysterious Tribe of the Chosen, led by The Guardian, that worships Zoot as a God. They kidnap Brady and Trudy to complete their Holy Trinity. Unknown to the others, when Trudy comes back a few months later, the Chosen have brainwashed her into secretly working on taking over the whole City with them. They abduct people and make sure the Mall Rats believe Ebony is behind the kidnappings. Alice and Ebony try to warn the Mall Rats, but the Chosen invade the City and take everyone prisoner in the Mall.
Series 3 
At the beginning of Series 3, the Guardian and the Supreme Mother, Trudy, have taken control over the Mall. Ebony, Lex and Bray escaped and are now in the woods working on a plan to save all the Mall Rats, who must either join the Chosen or work as slaves. Jack is taken away when he tries to find an escape for his friends. Ebony and Lex meet Pride, who takes them back to his tribe the Ecos. Their leader is Eagle/Amber, whose death was faked by Ebony back on Eagle Mountain. Pride later rescues Bray and Dal from the Chosen. Although reluctant to join the fight against the Chosen at first, Amber changes her mind after the death of her best friend, Dal, who tried to escape from the Chosen. The rebels rescue Trudy from the mind-controlling Guardian and recruit numerous Tribes to help them win the battle.
Inside the Mall, Patsy joins the Chosen as a Spy and so does Cloe, but ends up getting sent away when they are discovered. Alice convinces Ellie to get closer to Luke, The Guardian's Lieutenant, in order to overthrow the Chosen. Ryan refuses to let the Chosen control his life and gets taken away. Salene, afraid for the life of her unborn baby, agrees to follow their orders but suffers a miscarriage after falling down the stairs.
The Guardian decides it is Zoot's will that Tai-San should be the New True Supreme Mother, after Trudy is named an imposter when the rebels save her from execution; when Lex finds out he tries to kill The Guardian at her coronation. When Bray tries to pull him back, he accidentally shoots Tai-San and mistakenly believes she is dead. At the end of Series 3, the rebels storm the Mall and defeat the Chosen. The Guardian is imprisoned, but the City Leaders disagree over what must be done with him. Ebony is elected as City Leader. When Bray and Amber (who is pregnant) refuse to let her execute The Guardian, she banishes them just as a mysterious plane approaches the City. Jack returns to find Luke and Ellie are together. After witnessing them kissing he chooses to leave, but soon returns.
Series 4 
Series 4 begins just as the Technos are starting their invasion. They possess advanced technology and the Mall Rats are helpless against them. They raid the Mall and take Alice, KC, Tai-San and May away to work in their labour camps. Cloe is the only one left in the Mall after she hid from the Technos. She becomes distressed and finds comfort in Pride and later develops feelings for him, which he cannot return due to her age. While trying to overthrow the Technos, Jack is captured and taken away as well. Bray is taken while Amber is about to give birth. Trudy finds her and they rejoin the Eco Tribe with their babies. Ellie and Jack rescue a former 'Mosquito' (a minor, all-girl Tribe) Dee from the Technos when she is zapped by their weapons.
Ebony tries to make a deal with the Technos' general, Jay, in order to hold a little power in the City. Ellie, blaming Ebony for Jack's capture, attempts to kill her and is sent away to a labour camp. The Technos seem to want to bring progress and order to the City. However, in secret, their leader, Ram, is experimenting a new virtual game on people with the help of Jay's brother, Ved. Ved starts a relationship with Mall Rat Cloe but when she tells him she is pregnant, he immediately dumps her. Amber becomes an unwillingly addicted to the game and realises the Technos must be stopped. She asks an initially reluctant Cloe to get information from Ved, but Cloe later agrees, getting Ved drunk and taking advantage of him by receiving the password for his computer. Ebony reluctantly agrees to marry Ram, but ends up betraying him and escapes the City with Jay, who has come to realise what Ram's real plans are. Cloe becomes addicted to reality space and whilst playing the game, vanishes. Ved is distraught as he actually loved her. He fights Ram in reality space to get her back but loses and is later deleted. The Mall Rats succeed in defeating Ram by imprisoning him in virtual reality, with the help of Ram's lieutenant, Mega.
Series 5 
In Series 5, Mega becomes the new leader of the Technos. He has plans to take over the City and is helped by Java, who manipulates Ebony's mind with virtual reality. Ebony, believing Zoot has come back, with her sisters, Java and Siva, create a new Tribe, the Zootists, and take control of the outside of the City. The Mall Rats try to find out what happened to all of their friends who disappeared when the Technos invaded, and Amber is distraught to learn Bray was deleted. Lex, meanwhile, desperately searches for Tai-San.
Drifter Slade rescues Ram and brings him to the country town of Liberty. He hopes Ram will be able to help him defeat Mega. Jack is released and comes back to the Mall, where everyone is trying to adjust to Mega's new rules. Every citizen must take part in the work labour done for the City and be branded with a barcode in order to be identified. Jack and Ellie are reunited. New Mall Rat and stereotypical girl Gel loves Jack, but Jack wants to be with Ellie, and vice versa.
Amber and Jay start having doubts about Mega's intentions when he threatens her son, Bray Jr. They secretly conspire against him, with the help of Ellie and Jack, who volunteers to go work with Mega. Ebony realises Java is manipulating her and leaves the Zootists. She joins Slade in Liberty and helps with the rebellion. Jack steals information from Mega's computer and flees to Liberty where, with the help of Ram, he disables the City's security. The rebels attack the City and Mega is captured.
Ram takes control of Mega's computer and installs his own artificial program. However, the program becomes uncontrollable and threatens to release a new deadly Virus on the City. Mega dies while trying to stop the program but is unsuccessful and the Mall Rats inform everyone they must evacuate the City. The Mall Rats escape on a boat while the Virus spreads throughout the City.
The Tribes 
In The Tribe all the children belong to different Tribes.
After a Virus kills all of the adults, the world turns into chaos and the children left behind start to form tribes as a means to survival. Some Tribes only seek to have power, while other Tribes aim to create a new peaceful world. Each Tribe has its own specific clothes or make-up which help them to differentiate themselves from other Tribes. The Series mainly focuses on the life of the Mall Rats.
|Series||Ep #||First airdate||Last airdate|
|Series 1||52||Saturday 24 April 1999||Saturday 23 October 1999|
|Series 2||52||Sunday 14 November 1999||Saturday 6 May 2000|
|Series 3||52||Saturday 18 November 2000||Friday 11 May 2001|
|Series 4||52||Saturday 5 January 2002||Saturday 6 July 2002|
|Series 5||52||Saturday 15 March 2003||Saturday 6 September 2003|
Cast and characters 
- Caleb Ross – Lex (1999–2003)
- Meryl Cassie – Ebony (1999–2003)
- Antonia Prebble – Trudy (1999–2003)
- Victoria Spence – Salene (1999–2003)
- Beth Allen – Amber (1999; 2001–2003)
- Michael Wesley-Smith – Jack (1999–2003)
- Dwayne Cameron – Bray (1999–2001)
- Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu – Cloe (1999–2002)
- Michelle Ang – Tai-San (1999–2002)
- Ari Boyland – KC (1999–2001; 2003)
- Ryan Runciman – Ryan (1999–2001)
- Sarah Major – Patsy (1999–2001)
- Ashwath Sundarasen – Dal (1999–2000)
- Daniel James – Zoot/Martin (1999–2003)
- Amy Morrison – Zandra (1999)
- Zachary Best – Paul (1999)
- Beanie Palmer – Brady #1 (1999)
- Kiriana Chase – Brady #2 (1999)
- Vanessa Stacey – Alice (1999–2001; 2003)
- Damon Andrews – The Guardian (1999–2001)
- Ella Wilks – Danni (1999–2000)
- Story Rose and Eva Rose – Brady #3 (1999–2000)
- Ariel Garland – Brady #4 (1999–2000)
- Nick Miller – Pride (2000–2003)
- Jacob Tomuri – Luke (2000–2001)
- James Ordish – Andy (2001)
- Amelia Reynolds – Tally (2001)
- Bevin Linkhorn – Ned (2001)
- Georgia-Taylor Woods – Brady #5 (2001–2003)
- James Napier – Jay (2002–2003)
- Tom Hern – Ram (2002–2003)
- Jacinta Wawatai – Mouse (2002–2003)
- Monique Cassie – Siva (2002–2003)
- Megan Alatini – Java (2002–2003)
- Lucas Hayward – Sammy (2002–2003)
- Calen Maiava-Paris – Mega (2002–2003)
- Kelly Stevenson – Dee (2002)
- Dan Weekes-Hannah – Ved (2002)
- Morgan Palmer Hubbard – Patch (2002)
- Lucas Hill – Bray Jr. #1 (2002–2003)
- Charley Murphy Samau – Charlie (2002)
- Fleur Saville – Ruby (2003)
- Matt Robinson – Slade (2003)
- Joseph Crawford – Darryl (2003)
- Vicky Rodewyk – Gel (2003)
- Beth Chote – Lottie (2003)
- Adam Sondej – Bray Jr. #2 (2003)
Broadcast history 
Series 1 of The Tribe premiered in the UK on 24 April 1999 on Five. (see 1999 in television) Five Series, totalling 260 episodes, were produced. The final two episodes of The Tribe were shown on 6 September 2003 on Five. (see 2003 in television) Five aired two episodes every week on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Tribe also aired in New Zealand and in the United States, among others. The series began airing in New Zealand on 31 August 1999 on TV4. It had a tremendous response from audiences due to the fact that it was filmed in the country and that the actors were mostly locals. In the US, Series 1 premiered on 1 December 1999 on Encore's WAM! Channel. WAM! stopped airing The Tribe after Series 4, but fans petitioned the channel and the final Series started airing on 6 September 2004.
Other international markets which have aired the series include the following:
- Albania – Junior TV DigitAlb
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – RTRS
- Canada – TVO
- Croatia – HRT
- Denmark – TV2
- Estonia – ETV
- Finland – YLE TV1
- France – TMC (September 2002)
- Germany – KI.KA
- Ireland – RTÉ Two (January 2000)
- Israel – Channel 1
- Kuwait – Fun Channel
- Macedonia - MRT 1
- Netherlands – Yorin, RTL 5
- Norway – NRK1
- Poland – TVP1
- Romania – TVR2
- Serbia – RTS3 & Kanal D
- Singapore – SBC
- Slovenia – RTV (April 2000)
- South Africa – SABC 1
- Spain – Telecinco, FDF
- Sweden – SVT
- Switzerland – TSR 2
DVD releases 
Series 1 was first released in 2003 by Sanctuary Entertainment. Two years later, Revelation Films purchased rights to the show and released all five Series throughout 2006 (see 2006 in home video). The ABC released Series 1 of The Tribe on DVD in Australia on 3 March 2011 after all 5 series concluded airing on ABC3 on 28 October 2010. In 2012 Shout! Factory announced the release of The Tribe on DVD for release in Region 1.[dead link]
Each of the five DVD box sets contains seven discs, with a total of 52 episodes.
|Series||Release dates||Bonus features|
|1||27 February 2006 (UK)
31 March 2006 (Europe)
3 March 2011 (Australia)
13 March 2012 (US, part 1)
12 June 2012 (US, part 2)
|2||27 February 2006 (UK)||
|3||22 May 2006 (UK)||
|4||21 August 2006 (UK)||
|5||20 November 2006 (UK)||
Book releases 
Several books based on the series were published in English and in German.
Books published in English:
- Paula Boock, Power and Chaos, Random House – Auckland, 17 September 2000. ISBN 1-86941-435-7
- Ken Catran, Mall Rats, Random House – Auckland, 2001. ISBN 1-86941-471-3
- A J Penn, A New World, Cumulus – 25 November 2011. ISBN 978-0-473-19938-8
Books published in German:
There are (as of November 2005) seventeen books which have been released in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The first two books were originally written by Ralph Sander in early 2002. They were later continued by Linda Jensen until 2005. Natalie Gordon wrote three further books between 2004 and 2005.
CD releases 
- The first Tribe CD album was released on 7 November 2000 in New Zealand and on 19 March 2001 worldwide. The album featured the opening and closing themes from the TV series as well as other songs featured in the show. All songs were recorded by the original cast.
- "Abe Messiah"
- "You Belong to Me"
- "Banging the Drum"
- "This Is the Place"
- "I Can't Stop"
- "Beep Beep"
- "Everywhere You Go"
- "The Dream Must Stay Alive"
Abe Messiah – Remix
- In 2003, a remixed version of the album was released in Germany. It also featured three music videos: "Abe Messiah", "You Belong to Me" and "This Is the Place" in mpg format. Minor edits were made to several songs, and two songs, "Abe Messiah" and "Banging the Drum", were significantly remixed. It also featured an altered track listing, three instrumentals, and the ending theme for series 4 and 5, "Tribe Spirit", was added.
- "Banging the Drum" (Remix) – 3:50
- "You Belong to Me" – 3:52
- "This Is the Place" – 4:00
- "Spinning" – 4:09
- "Urban Guerrilla" (Instrumental) – 5:45
- "Beep Beep" – 3:36
- "I Can't Stop" – 2:59
- "Everywhere You Go" – 3:24
- "Abe Messiah" (Remix) – 4:24
- "Abadeo" – 3:34
- "Tribe Spirit" – 3:57
- "Reflections" (Instrumental) – 2:12
- "Day in the Urban Jungle" (Instrumental) – 6:41
- "The Dream Must Stay Alive" – 3:33
See also 
- The Odyssey (TV series)
- Jeremiah (TV series)
- The Colony (TV series)
- Miri (Star Trek: The Original Series)
- City Limits (1985 film)
- The Sparticle Mystery
- The Changes (TV series) (1975)
- 2030 CE
- Theme Tribe
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