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Maddigan's Quest

Rose McIver as Garland

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: 2006 (New Zealand)
Country New Zealand
Language: English
Filming Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
Directed/Produced by: Charlie Haskell, Simon Bennett
Casting: Rose McIver, Jordan Metcalfe, Zac Fox, Olivia Tennet, Rawiri Pene, Michael Hurst, Timothy Balme


After the Great Chaos in the time of the Remaking a Travelling Fantasia are set on a Quest to save their home from ruin and their future from evil. They are joined in their quest by two boys from the future who tell them of the horrors that will happen should the Fantasia fail.

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Episode Guide

Rose appeared in: 13 episodes.
EpisodeDescriptionDirected/Written byOriginal Air date
S01E01Road Rats

Children's drama series set in a post-apocalyptic world where technology as we know it has collapsed. 14-year-old Garland is a member of Maddigan's Fantasia, a travelling circus. The Fantasia have been charged to get a new solar converter to save their home city of Solis, meaning a dangerous journey along hostile winter roads. Their mission begins in disaster as they are attacked by road rats: their food is stolen and Ferdy is shot. Yves states that they must return to Solis for food and medical attention for Ferdy, but Maddie reveals they cannot, they are entrusted with a secret mission and must continue. The Fantasia find a small settlement, where they can get food and medical help in exchange for a show. At camp, Garland meets two strange boys, who seem to be being pursued by two men. Who are these boys, and what do they want?
Charlie Haskell11 Feb. 2006

Garland fears that Timon and Eden could put the Fantasia at risk. She is sure that the mysterious strangers, Ozul and Maska are still following. They reach a roadblock that's been set up by Ida and her gang of mutant hillfolk. The hillfolk demand a high toll—two boys and a baby, or they'll crush the Fantasia vans. Timon reveals to Garland the truth about himself and his siblings.
Charlie Haskell/Margaret Mahy, Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan18 Feb. 2006

The Fantasia visit the grim, industrialised city of Gramth to get fuel. The mayor claims that there are fuel shortages, caused by rebel trouble makers, but Timon is convinced that the mayor is lying. Corruption is rife in Gramth and poor children are enslaved in the mines. When Lillith is captured, Garland and Timon try to free her.
Geoffrey Cawthorn/Michael Bennett, Gavin Strawhan25 Feb. 2006

The Fantasia stop at the simple village of Swamptown to get water but they find the place is in thrall to the Witch-Finder, who keeps the villagers safe from ghosts. Eden and Goneril are accused of being witches and put on trial.
Peter Burger/Michael Bennett3 Mar. 2006

When food runs low, Yves suggests a detour to the legendary lodge of Greentown. The Fantasia are welcomed by the hosts, Mayo and Greeta, but as soon as they eat and drink they seem to fall under a spell. Only Boomer is immune to its effects and must find a way to save the others.
Peter Burger/Rachel Lang10 Mar. 2006

Tane and Jewel contract a mysterious disease, which begins to spread to the other members of the Fantasia. An enigmatic message from the Silver Girl sends Garland, Boomer and Timon on a search for the cure, leading them into a confrontation with Ozul and Maska.
Geoff Cawthorne/James Griffin17 Mar. 2006

The Fantasia reach Newton, "Where Knowledge is Strength", where they hope to buy a new solar converter for Solis. But the high-minded scientists of Newton are ruled by their unruly children. Lilith, inspired, goes to join them and their leader, Bolek, at their fort. When a series of tremors cause the release of hazardous waste, the children won't listen to the adults' warnings putting their lives in danger.
Vanessa Alexander/James Griffin, Rachel Lang24 Mar. 2006

Having obtained the solar converter, the Fantasia are on their way home, but find their route blocked by land mines, so they're forced to travel through Urukopaina, radio active tunnels of the dead. While Yves and Lilith take the vehicles to the Tunnellers village, where an appreciated Lilith is to perform, the others make their way through the passageways, guided by the Tunnellers, hopelessly mutated humans who can burrow underground like moles.
Vanessa Alexander/Michael Bennett, James Griffin31 Mar. 2006
S01E09Off the Map

Now travelling on areas well off their map, Yves wins a map of the area including Solis from some friendly travellers. They follow it, but find it to be incorrect, leading them to the sea. They are soon caught by the travellers they met earlier, who turn out to be Flesh-Pirates—the women and girls will be sent to Manland, whilst the men and boys are sent to work in the jip-mines. However, they also want the converter, and Timon and Eden, for some tradesmen they have met. This leads to a terrifying ordeal for Timon—how will he, or the rest of the Fantasia, escape?
Charlie Haskell/Margaret Mahy, Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan7 Apr. 2006

Flying Birdboys attack the Fantasia, stealing food, but the solar converter is also missing. At first it seems that the Birdboys have taken it during the attack, but when there's no sign of it at their camp, Timon suggests another suspect—Yves.
Charlie Haskell/Gavin Strawhan14 Apr. 2006
S01E11Pilgrim's Vantage

The Fantasia reach Pilgrim's Vantage—only a few stops from Solis—and with plenty of time to spare. As they celebrate, Garland feels conflicted. Maddie and Yves are closer than ever, and she misses her father. Now Timon gives her an opportunity—to use the Slider, change history and get Ferdy back. The offer is too tempting for Garland to let pass but changing the past is complicated and motives are called into question.
Charlie Haskell/Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan21 Apr. 2006

With two days to get to Solis, the Fantasia perform to get guides to cross the lake, which is guarded by a monster, the Taniwha. Timon thinks Garland's old diary may be the Talisman that gives Eden his magic powers and sends it to the Nennog. Ozul and Maska are not happy that Timon seems to be so well in with the Nennog and plan to betray him. Boomer and Eden suspect Timon has betrayed the Fantasia and when his true nature is revealed to Garland adn the others, the Fantasia is forced to act to protect the solar converter and the talisman.
Peter Burger/Rachel Lang28 Apr. 2006

With but one day remaining to reach Solis, and no means of transport, Yves and Maddie get help from an old friend to continue their journey to Solis with the solar converter while Garland, Eden and Boomer stay behind to rescue Jewel. A transformed Timon makes an offer to help save Jewel from Ozul and Maska but leads Garland to the Nennog.
Peter Burger/Rachel Lang5 May 2006