Genre: Live Action/CGI - Sci Fi/Action Adventure/Comedy
Format: 26 x half hour episodes
Audience: 11 to 15 years
K9 follows the adventures of three teenagers - STARKEY (14), a young rebel genius who’s lost his parents in mysterious circumstances, not to mention his own way in society; JORJIE (14), a very capable fighting dynamo in the deceptively cute frame of a private-schoolgirl; and DARIUS (16), a resourceful (read: sneaky and cunning) delivery boy who knows the city like the back of his light-fingered little hand – and, of course, K9, a cybernetic wonder – a robotic dog built of mysterious alien technology and pulled through time and space to arrive on planet Earth.
When this amazing cybernetic wonder first arrives on Earth he is destroyed in combat, deliberately self-destructs to save the lives of the earth humans he doesn’t even know as yet. From his smoking wreckage K9 then regenerates into a brand new living metal body and befriends the three teenagers and a reclusive 21st century scientist, PROFESSOR ALEISTER GRYFFEN.
It will take a while for Starkey and the kids to put all the pieces together about what happened on that fateful night when K9 arrived. It proves to be all Professor Gryffen’s doing through his obsessive experiments with time travel, an experiment that ripped K9 from space and time and now holds him bound to Earth. If only K9 was the sole thing that Gryffen’s experiment pulled through into our world. For, not only did Gryffen bring through K9, but also a squad of Jixen warriors - a reptilian race of relentless warmongers. His experiments with a Space Time Manipulator, the S/TM Gryffen has inadvertently caused rips in the fabric of space and time all over London and beyond. And if you leave any door or window open long enough, nasty things are sure to fly, crawl and scuttle or fight their way through into this Earth world.
Together, K9 and his trio of teen companions investigate and engage all manner of mystery and menaces from beyond the stars, between dimensions or the dark and ancient places of the earth, and they try to fix the rips in time-space that are manifesting about the city and around the globe.
The teens are steadfast, faithful and protective companions of K9 who is compelled by his programming to investigate possible extraterrestrial and extra-temporal activity that threatens the safety and security of his adoptive planet. K9 and these rebel teenagers share their lives and adventures with their friend and mentor Professor Gryffen.
Gryffen, the eccentric recluse and agoraphobic, is effectively trapped inside the sprawling old museum-like manor, ex police station that has become his home, his laboratory, and his prison. It is also the base from where the three teens and K9 operate.
Gryffen must frequently send brave K9 where he himself fears to tread (basically anywhere past his front door) in order to track down and seal up rips in space-time and track-down the aliens that have used the S/TM as their portal to Earth. With K9 linked to him via optical and audio feeds, as well as the teens contactable 24/7 with their vidcoms – Gryffen can be in the field with K9 and the gang whenever he needs to be – and that is all the time.
At times, K9 is directly briefed via seemingly innocuous “walks-in-the-park” with INSPECTOR JUNE TURNER of the secretive quasi-government division known only as THE DEPARTMENT. This organization uses K9 as a link to Gryffen’s unparalleled knowledge of the alien, the occult, the mythological and the crypto zoological. Of course, The Department – particularly the upper echelons - has its own agenda for interacting with the marvellous and capable K9 – to analyze and replicate K9’s technology for their own shifty ends.
But it’s not all about defeating alien incursions, defusing dire schemes and protecting the Earth from whatever comes through the holes in time space. For K9, it’s about restoring his imperfect memory and returning home – wherever and whenever that may be; for Starkey; it’s about finding his missing parents and solving the mystery of their disappearance; for Jorjie, it’s about proving her independence from her overprotective mother; for Darius, it’s about stepping out of the righteous shadow of his ex-policeman father – and that means getting very shady and shadowy himself – until he learns a hard lesson about the consequences of walking on the darker side of life; and for Gryffen it’s about getting out more…(well, that and making amends for putting the entire planet at risk of total annihilation – AGAIN!)
Nobody ever said saving the universe was going to be easy. But nobody said it was going to be this much fun either!
Australia: Network Ten
UK: Channel Five
Europe: Jetix Disney
|Created by:||Bob Baker and Paul Tams|
|Adapted for Television by:||S.P. Krause & Shayne Armstrong|
|Production Company:||Metal Mutt Productions -|
|Stewart & Wall Entertainment|
Screen Australia presents in association with Pacific Film and Television Commission a Stewart & Wall Entertainment / Park Television Production based on a character created by Bob Baker and David Martin. Series created by Bob Baker and Paul Tams and adapted for television by Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong. Produced by Penny Wall, Richard Stewart and Simon Barnes.
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The Official K9 web site can be found at www.k9official.com