Dean O'Gorman and Matt Minto.

O’Gorman (The Hobbit) and Minto (Shortland Street) play brothers Ford and Simon Lampton, who come from a dysfunctional family with a dark history. 

Simon has escaped his past to become a successful obstetrician, living in the best part of town with the perfect family. 

Older brother Ford, once estranged and still rough around the edges, is staying in the spare room and appears to be the only disruption to Simon’s controlled life.

But when the Lampton’s neighbour is murdered, Detective Marie Da Silva’s (Sami) investigation draws the household into a hurricane of scandal.

The series also stars recent Toronto Film Festival Rising Star Vinnie Bennett (Human Traces, Filthy Rich) as Da Silva’s colleague Detective Bennett. Xavier Horan (Westside) and Chelsie Preston Crayford (Ash vs Evil Dead) also star as Prime Ministerial candidate David Hallwright and his wife Roza. 

Jodie Hillock (The Inland Road), Amanda Billing (Shortland Street), Michelle Langstone (800 Words), Glen Levy (Westside) and Calvin Tuteao (The Deadlands) make up the ensemble cast of the psychological thriller.

The Bad Seed has been adapted for television by popular New Zealand author and magazine columnist Sarah Kate Lynch.

Charlotte Grimshaw, author of The Night Book and Soon says: “I’m delighted with the aim of Robin Scholes’ project: to make exciting, high-quality drama out of New Zealand fiction.”

The Bad Seed is a stellar addition to TVNZ’s upcoming content line-up”, TVNZ Head of Content, Cate Slater, adds. “We look forward to seeing this gripping story brought to life by such an incredible cast and crew”.

Filming began last week on The Bad Seed. The five-episode, one-hour series is produced by Jump Film & TV and South Pacific Pictures with support from NZ on Air.