Beyond the Darklands (New Zealand TV series)

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Beyond the Darklands
GenreTrue crime
Narrated byNigel Latta
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
Running timeapprox. 45 min.
Original networkTVNZ
Original release2008

Beyond the Darklands is a New Zealand true crime television series that airs on TVNZ's TV One. It is narrated and presented by clinical psychologist Nigel Latta, with each episode focusing on a certain criminal (usually a murderer or team of murderers). The show has run for five seasons. Inspiration for the series came from Latta's 2003 book Into the Darklands: Unveiling the Predators Among Us, which dealt with Latta's work as a forensic psychologist.

An Australian series of the same name based on the New Zealand show has been running since 2009. The TVNZ series was previously shown in Australia on the ci channel on Foxtel.


No. Title Original air date NZ viewers
3.1"Antonie Dixon"2 February 2010 (2010-02-02)N/A
3.2"Tracy Goodman"8 February 2010 (2010-02-08)N/A
3.3"Daniel Moore"16 February 2010 (2010-02-16)N/A
3.4"Mark Lundy"24 February 2010 (2010-02-24)N/A
3.5"Bert Potter"2 March 2010 (2010-03-02)398.5
3.6"Travis Burns"9 March 2010 (2010-03-09)309.5
4.1"Paul Joseph Dally"13 April 2011 (2011-04-13)N/A
4.2"Gavin Hawthorne"20 April 2011 (2011-04-20)N/A
4.3"George Baker"27 April 2011 (2011-04-27)N/A
4.4"Joseph Reekers"4 May 2011 (2011-05-04)N/A
4.5"Shannon Flewellen"11 May 2011 (2011-05-11)N/A
4.6"Liam Reid"3 September 2012 (2012-09-03)N/A
5.1"Jason Somerville"22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)582.1
5.2"Brad Callaghan"10 September 2012 (2012-09-10)N/A
5.3"Dean Wickliffe"17 September 2012 (2012-09-17)N/A
5.4"Cyndi Fairburn"24 September 2012 (2012-09-24)N/A
5.5"The Mark brothers"1 October 2012 (2012-10-01)575.5
Latta looks at two brothers, Tui Mark and Ron Mark, whose lives turned out very differently: one turned to a life of crime and the other became a politician tough on law and order.
5.6" Nia Glassie"8 October 2012 (2012-10-08)560.4
5.7"Peter Holdem"15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)564.6
5.8"Victims"29 October 2012 (2012-10-29)572.2

Latta looks at how three people coped with losing a loved one through a violent crime.

  • Dawn Smith – her 15-year-old daughter Kylie Smith was abducted, raped and murdered by Paul Bailey while riding her horse in Owaka on 1 November 1991.
  • Rita Croskery – her son Michael Choy, a pizza delivery driver, died after a group of teenagers beat him with a baseball bat in Papakura on 12 September 2001.
  • Senior Constable Bruce Lamb – the Christchurch police dog handler was injured and his dog Gage killed when Christopher Graham Smith fired upon them while executing a drugs search warrant on 13 July 2010.


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