Dark Days In Monkey City

DARK DAYS IN MONKEY CITY reveals the intense tales of love, treachery, betrayal and triumph among a troop of toque macaques in an ancient temple city –

Deep within the jungles on the magical isle of Sri Lanka is the deserted city of Polonnaruwa, also known as “Monkey City.” There, amidst the crumbling temples, large populations of toque macaques have turned the ruins of this once great and powerful civilization into a savage battlefield. Once ruled by Buddhist and Hindu kings, the ancient temple city is now home to myriad monkey gangs that fight for supremacy. Dark Days in Monkey City blends live-action with graphic novel-style animation and delves into the kingdom of the toque macaques that inhabit Sri Lanka’s deserted temple of Polonnaruwa, also known as “Monkey City.” Dark Days in Monkey City premieres every Tuesday at 10.00pm starting from 27th October.

The mightiest tribe in Monkey City is the Temple Troop, led by Lear and his queen Gemini. They are the staunch defenders of the best territory in the area — Fig Tree Vale. Their ancient foes are the neighbouring Black Claws, who will stop at nothing to conquer that territory so they no longer have to feed on a diet of human rubbish. A bloody conflict is brewing in Monkey City; now, more than ever, the ever-increasing tension between these two groups is teetering on the precipice of an all-out war.

Dark Days in Monkey City is a 13-part series is based on the Smithsonian Primate Project, the longest-running study of primates in the world conducted by Wolfgang Dittus, Ph.D. Comic writers Joe Kelley and Joe Casey from Man of Action Studios, who have written for titles such as Uncanny X-Men, Justice Leage of America, The Adventures of Superman and Action Comics, have brought their writing expertise to the series along with Emmy Award winner, New Zealander Ian McGee. And lending his tremendous voice to the series is Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, known best for his role in the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings movies.

* This is a NHNZ production commissioned by Animal Planet

DARK DAYS IN MONKEY CITY Premieres on Animal Planet, Tuesdays from 27 October, 10.00pm

ANIMAL PLANET – Tuesdays from 27 October, 10.00pm

Dark Days in Monkey City reveals intense tales of love, treachery, betrayal and triumph through a unique combination of live action and graphic novel style animation. This series is an epic tale based on the Smithsonian Primate Project, the longest running study of primates in the world conducted by Wolfgang Dittus. The tales descend upon the magical isle of Sri Lanka and the deserted city of Polonnaruwa, where large populations of gray langur and toque macaque monkeys live on the streets. Once ruled by Buddhist and Hindu kings, the temple city is now home to a myriad of gangs and troops who fight to survive in this abandoned city where food is scarce and the drama is plentiful. Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, known best for his role in the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings movies, lends his tremendous voice to the series keeping viewers enthralled and on the edge of their seats.