Half Moon Investigations
Based on award-winning children's author Eoin Colfer's best-selling book, school boy turned private detective, Fletcher "Half" Moon (Rory Elrick), gets to work solving mysteries and fighting for justice in Half Moon Investigations – a new 13-part comedy drama series for CBBC.
Moon sees things that his school friends don't. Since graduating as a fully qualified private detective from the Bernstein online Detective Academy, he has solved all sorts of minor mysteries at school and at home – from lunchboxes stripped of everything but fruit to counterfeit homework networks, corruption and lunch money extortion to theft of school property and even blackmail in the playground.
Every detective needs a partner and Half Moon, not being the tallest or the most confident 13-year-old in the playground, has found an unlikely ally in former bad-guy Red Sharkey (Seb Charles). Moon sticks to the rules and Red knows how to bend them!
Helping the boys with their investigations is sassy, straight-talking journalist Mia Stone (Olivia Grant). Mia likes to tag along on investigations, hoping to get a scoop for the school's gossip-packed newspaper.
Their nemesis is teacher's pet April Devereaux (Nicola Duffell), leader of "The Pinks". An aspiring criminal mastermind, April is often behind many of the crimes committed, framing her enemies and attempting to capitalise on their weaknesses. She is frequently – but not always – thwarted by Moon.
Half Moon's sister, Hazel (Robyn Milne), is a full-time drama queen who often "persuades" her younger brother to investigate people for her – be it wayward boyfriends or secret rivals.
Genie Sharkey (Kathleen Kid) is Red's sister, who is in the same class as Hazel, but the two do not see eye to eye. They both wish their young brothers were not in cahoots with one another.
Red's brother, Herod (Marcus Nash), meanwhile, just can't keep himself out of trouble, despite Red's best efforts.
Detecting is everything to Half Moon. He wants the truth and he is willing to battle for the kids who can't fight for themselves, which isn't always easy when there are enemies around every corner in the jungle that is the playground.
Half Moon Investigations is produced by Jonathan Phillips and the executive producer is Josephine Ward. It is a BBC Vision production for CBBC.