Pre-modern family: ‘Terra Nova’


Terra Nova may have dinosaur-sized ambition but its heart is closer to home.

THERE were several moments in the tortured development of Terra Nova – the epic series launching on Sunday on Channel Ten – that shaped just what sort of show it would become. The most expensive new show to air this year, the question the high-level team developing the program wrestled with was whether Terra Nova should be a science-fiction series or a family drama.

The series begins with a double episode set 138 years in the future. Earth is at breaking point. The planet is seemingly a lost cause, rendered almost uninhabitable.

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