Maddigan's Quest

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Maddigan's Quest
Created by Margaret Mahy
Gavin Strawhan
Rachel Lang
Starring Rose McIver
Jordan Metcalfe
Zac Fox
Peter Daube
Michael Hurst
Danielle Cormack
Timothy Balme
Rawiri Pene
Rachel House
Olivia Tennet
Hori Ahipene
Country of origin New Zealand
United Kingdom
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Simon Bennett
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) South Pacific Pictures
Burberry Productions
Original network TV3
Nine Network
Original release 26 January (2006-01-26) – 16 February 2006 (2006-02-16)

Maddigan's Quest is a New Zealand fantasy-based television series set in a post-apocalyptic future. It was based on an original concept by Margaret Mahy and was developed for television by Gavin Strawhan and Rachel Lang. The show originally screened on TV3 in New Zealand, and was also aired on CBBC in the UK, Family Room HD from Voom Networks HD in the US and the Nine Network in Australia in early 2006.


Early in the 22nd century, the world underwent a vast and rapid change. The tectonic plates of the Earth began to shift and rapidly changed the face of the planet. Since then, the events of this time have grown to be known as the time of the Great Shift or the Great Chaos- and have become myth and legend. As a result of these events, the population of Earth severely dropped and little remained of the old ways. While some forms of old technology exist, the ways of man have receded. Slavery is not uncommon, bandits roam the highways.

Maddigan’s Quest follows the circus troupe ‘Maddigan’s Fantasia’, who come from the city of Solis, a beacon of freedom and peace for the desolate world. Each year, the Fantasia leave Solis to perform and earn a living, but this year is different: they have been set the task of obtaining a new Solar Converter to replace the existing converter–the only power source in Solis–which is failing. At the centre of this quest is 14-year-old Garland, the last member of the Maddigan family line.

Near the beginning of the Fantasia's journey, just after Ferdy Maddigan, the group's leader and Garland's father, is killed, two boys and their baby sister appear from the future. But while the younger brother, Eden, seems to be a blessing to the performers with his illusionary skills, his older brother Timon is hiding a dark secret which threatens the Fantasia, their mission, and the future of Solis itself.


Role Actor
Garland Rose McIver
Timon Jordan Metcalfe
Eden Zac Fox
Lilith Olivia Tennet
Boomer Rawiri Pene
Maddie Danielle Cormack
Yves Timothy Balme
Goneril Rachel House
Tane Hori Ahipene
Bannister Mark Nua
Nye Ben Cooper
Byrna Bronwyn Baker
Silver Girl Fleur Saville
Jewel Grace Brannigan
Ozul Peter Daube
Maska Michael Hurst
Ferdy Jack Campbell


Episode # Title Original Airdate Guest Stars
1.01 "Road Rats" 26 January 2006 Tara Okan; Lee Tuson
1.02 "Hillfolk" 30 January 2006 Shane Cortese; Tandi Wright; Geraldine Brophy
1.03 "Gramth" 31 January 2006 Florence Hartigan; Patrick Wilson
1.04 "Witch-Finder" 1 February 2006 Alison Bruce; Catherine Waller
1.05 "Greentown" 2 February 2006 Paul Barrett; Andrea Kelland; Kate Louise Elliott; Lucy Schmidt
1.06 "Plague" 6 February 2006
1.07 "Newton" 7 February 2006 Milo Cawthorne; Roy Ward; Michaela Rooney
1.08 "Tunnellers" 8 February 2006 Kelly Johnson; Sara Wiseman
1.09 "Off the Map" 9 February 2006 Charlie Haskell; Elliot Lawless; Ilona Rodgers
1.10 "Birdboys" 13 February 2006 Tom Hern
1.11 "Pilgrim's Vantage" 14 February 2006
1.12 "Laketown" 15 February 2006
1.13 "Solis" 16 February 2006 Owen Black

DVD releases[edit]

DVD releases
Season Ep # Release Date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
1 13 NA 7 August 2006 NA 7 December 2006


At the Air New Zealand Screen Awards on 1 August 2007, Maddigan's Quest won four awards:

  • Best Children's Programme
  • Contribution to design (Tracey Collins — Costume Designer)
  • Original Music (Victoria Kelly)
  • Contribution to Sound Design (Carl Smith, Rodney Larsen and Steve Finnegan)

It also won the Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form Award at the 2007 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand science fiction and fantasy.


Maddigan's Fantasia, re-released under the title Maddigan's Quest, is a novel written by Margaret Mahy as a tie-in for the BBC show Maddigan's Quest (based on her concept).[1]

The circus troupe Maddigan's Fantasia are on a mission to get a new solar converter from Newton for their hometown Solis. But on the way there, the Fantasia meet two strange boys, Timon and Eden. They are from the future and have come to help the Fantasia change history: in their timeline, when the Fantasia did not get back to Solis in time, the council gave up on them and took a new path, a radiation path. Timon and Eden's parents were killed because an evil monster called the Nennog rules Solis in the future and their parents tried to work out a way to change the past. They created a time slider, but they were killed for it, so Timon and Eden did the job for them and then they saved the Fantasia and Solis was saved.


  1. ^ "HarperCollins New Zealand". 20 January 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 

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