The New Legends of Monkey

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The New Legends of Monkey
Based onJourney to the West
by Wu Cheng-en
Written by
Directed byGerard Johnstone
Country of origin
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
  • Rachael Gardner
  • Robin Scholes
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Original release28 January 2018 (2018-01-28) – present (present)

The New Legends of Monkey is a television series inspired by Monkey, a Japanese production from the 1970s and 80s which garnered a cult following in New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. and South Africa. The Japanese production was based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West.[1] The show is a co-production between ABC Me, TVNZ, and Netflix, and consists of ten episodes. The New Legends of Monkey premiered on 28 January 2018.


The new series follows a young monk, escorted by a group of gods, on a journey across an ancient and fantastical land now ruled by evil demons to collect lost scrolls of wisdom.[2]




  • Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon
  • Josh McKenzie as Davari
  • Jordan Mooney as Raxion
  • Rachel House as Monica
  • Daniel Watterson as Shaman
  • Bryony Skillington as Princess Locke
  • JJ Fong as Lusio
  • Jayden Daniels as Gaxin
  • Chelsie Preston Crayford as Gwen


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Hope Must Never Die"Gerard JohnstoneJacquelin Perske28 January 2018 (2018-01-28)
After a demon steals a magical crown from warrior monks, an orphaned girl flees the monastery in a quest to awaken the long-petrified Monkey King.
2"The Edge Of Nowhere"Gerard JohnstoneJacquelin Perske28 January 2018 (2018-01-28)
Tripitaka learns a troubling legend about Monkey, but the pair gains a surprising new ally before setting out to find the seven sacred scrolls.
3"The Journey Begins"Gerard JohnstoneJacquelin Perske28 January 2018 (2018-01-28)
A demon jeopardizes the trio's quest before it even begins. Tripitaka makes a startling discovery about Pigsy, who makes a momentous decision.
4"The Monkey King Returns"Gerard JohnstoneCraig Irvin & Jacquelin Perske29 January 2018 (2018-01-29)
An eccentric clan of loyal Monkey King zealots guides the group toward a sacred scroll's hiding place, but booby traps and betrayal await them.
5"The Breaking Ground"Craig IrvinCraig Irvin30 January 2018 (2018-01-30)
A shaman uses trance-like mind games to trick the gods into translating divine scrolls, sending Monkey dangerously far into his own subconscious.
6"A Crown Does Not Make You"Craig IrvinJacquelin Perske31 January 2018 (2018-01-31)
Trapped in the depths of his mind, Monkey relives terrible events of centuries before, when his arrogance led to tragedy and his banishment.
7"Until I Met You"Gerard JohnstoneCraig Irvin1 February 2018 (2018-02-01)
The shaman hires nightmarish forest dwellers to hunt the group down. A foe from Monkey's past sows seeds of doubt in Tripitaka's mind.
8"A Part Of You That's Missing"Gerard JohnstoneSamantha Strauss2 February 2018 (2018-02-02)
Tripitaka leaves the quest to find her mother but faces even greater peril. Monkey and Pigsy strike a bargain with the demon hounding them.
9"In Search Of Tripitaka"Craig IrvinCraig Irvin3 February 2018 (2018-02-03)
With help from an unlikely ally, Monkey and Pigsy infiltrate Jade Mountain to help Tripitaka thwart the fiendish plans of demon master Davari.
10"A Hero To Save Us All"Craig IrvinJacquelin Perske4 February 2018 (2018-02-04)
As Davari's quest for immortality nears fruition, Tripitaka races to unlock a secret that could destroy the demon's hold on power.


The first three episodes debuted in Australia on 28 January as a single 90-minute telemovie. Subsequent episodes of the ten-episode series were released daily until 4 February 2018. It debuted on Netflix worldwide on April 28, 2018.[3][4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2018 New Zealand Television Awards
  • Best Children's Program (nominated)
  • Best Cinematography: DJ Stipsen (nominated)
  • Best Original Score: Peter van der Fluit (nominated)
  • Best Costume Design: Liz McGregor (nominated)
  • Best Make-up Design: Susie Glass, Jacqueline Leung, Joe Whelan (won)
  • 8th AACTA Awards
  • Best Children's Program (pending)
  • Best Costume Design in Television: Liz McGregor (pending)
  • 18th Annual Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards
  • Children's Series Production of the Year (nominated)


  1. ^ Lodderhouse, Diana (20 April 2017). "See-Saw & Jump Team On 'Legend Of The Monkey' For ABC Australia, Netflix". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ "The New Legends of Monkey (2017) - The Screen Guide - Screen Australia". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Robert (20 April 2017). "See-Saw's 'Legend of the Monkey' Swings Into Production for ABC Australia, Netflix". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Australian Television: The New Legends of Monkey: episode guide".

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