About the show
Sunday at 10.30pm
A stake-out at a big-time poker game runs the Roughies into the world of porn importers, dodgy lawyers, snuff movies and violent transsexuals.
Orange Roughies is a drama series based on a covert Police and Customs inter-agency task force working at the new policing coal-face of the 21st century - border security.
Though the Roughies are an elite unit, they're also, as Ron Maddock, their brusque Commander reminds them, under-funded, under-resourced and under the hammer because, after all, this is New Zealand.
One step removed from the usual ad hoc inter-agency groups, the Roughies are very much on trial and depend for their survival on a very Kiwi self-help, do-it-yourself attitude and have to be independent, flexible and fast on their feet.
The Roughies team operate out of an unmarked waterfront base, with a Naiad and a couple of 4 wheel drives, and there's a rough-as-guts can-do number 8 wire attitude to the main men, Detective Sergeant Danny Wilder and Detective Constable Zack Wiki, leavened by the more analytical approach of Senior Customs Officer Jane Durant.
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