Shark in the Park

Shark in the Park was a New Zealand television drama series. A police procedural, it revolved around the professional and private lives of a group of officers at a Wellington police station under the command of Inspector Brian "Sharky" Finn. The title came from the informal code term used by officers to indicate that the Inspector was about and they should "look busy".

Shark in the Park
Created byGreame Tetley[1]
Written byDuncan Holland
Charlie Strachan
Simon Morris
Donna Malane
Liddy Holloway
Fran Walsh
Directed byPeter Barrett
Lex Van Os
Steve La Hood
Yvonne Mackay
Keith Hunter
Dan McKirdy
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
Executive producer(s)Dave Gibson
Producer(s)Ruth Franks
Production location(s)Wellington
Editor(s)Annie Collins
Running time1 hr.
Production company(s)The Gibson Group
First shown in1989
Original release1989 

The series ran for three series in 1989, 1990, and 1992, totalling about 45 episodes. Many of the cast had regular roles in the series and several became well known throughout New Zealand as a result of the series. The show also featured many well-known actors in guest roles, among them Lucy Lawless, Michael Hurst, Temuera Morrison and Karl Urban.

The series was produced by the Gibson Group and broadcast by TV One – it has since been repeated on TVNZ 6. Writers for the show included Fran Walsh, later to become well-known through her association with Peter Jackson and her work on films such as the Lord of the Rings films.

Recurring cast


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