Netflix has confirmed two new live-action titles that will hit the service in 2017. The two new series include an untitled Horse Mystery project, and The Worst Witch, both bring tenacious girls front and center in two different coming-of-age stories. Both shows will follow their leading ladies as they deal with life’s challenges and learn how to channel the feeling of failure into empowering self-discovery.
“Our mission of creating stories and characters younger members can relate to, and even aspire to be, comes through in these projects,” said Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix. “While set in very different contexts, both shows center around characters who are learning to deal with and overcome hardship, while also enjoying the journey and all its surprises.”
The Horse Mystery project is set off the coast of England, the story follows an American teenager’s summer of adventure, friendship and intrigue. After finding a special connection with a dangerous horse named Raven, 15-year-old Zoe realizes a thrilling mystery is unravelling around her. The series comes from Lime Pictures (an All 3 Media company) and it’s a a coming-of-age story.
Netflix explains the series saying, “During her stay at Bright Field Stables, 15-year-old Zoe’s life changes forever when she meets the mysterious horse Raven, whose friendship gives Zoe the strength to deal with issues and explore new relationships. Faced with personal and physical challenges at every turn, Zoe’s inspirational journey will show audiences that life is all about failing – and learning to pick yourself up again.” The untitled Horse Mystery project stars Jaylen Barron (Good Luck Charlie, Shameless) as Zoe, as well as Celine Buckens (War Horse) and Kerry Ingram (Game of Thrones). Executive produced by Rebecca Hodgson, Kate Little and Claire Poyser for Lime Pictures and directed by Paul Norton Walker (Shameless), the 10-episode series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2017.
The second series confirmed today is The Worst Witch, which is a fantasy series based on the beloved books by Jill Murphy. The show follows the ever-clumsy Mildred Hubble and her adventures as a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Complete with broomsticks, potions and spells, The Worst Witch will resonate with every child who’s ever dreamed of learning magic – and anyone who’s just getting comfortable with being themselves. Starring Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Mildred, Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) as Miss Cackle and Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey) as Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom, the imaginative 12-episode series will be brought to life by Oscar-winning visual effects company Milk (Ex Machina). The Worst Witch is produced by CBBC Productions in collaboration with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and Netflix. The series will be available to Netflix members around the globe in 2017, and in the UK and Germany after its premiere on ZDF and CBBC.
These will join the series Degrassi: Next Class, Project Mc2, Lost & Found Music Studios and Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure.