8:30pm Wednesday, October 21 on TV2

Get ready to experience the dark side of the moon, as TV2 brings you the award-winning action/adventure mini-series, Impact.

While the entire world watches the largest meteor shower in 10,000 years, a ‘brown dwarf’, hidden by the meteor field, smashes into the moon in a tremendous explosion of rock and debris. Fragments of the moon itself penetrate earth’s atmosphere and make impact. There is significant physical damage to the lunar surface, but experts quickly conclude there will be no lasting ramifications. Then strange anomalies begin to manifest themselves on earth.

Soon the world’s leading scientists, including Alex Kittner (David Elliott, The Man Who Lost Himself), Maddie Rhodes (Natasha Henstridge, The Whole Ten Yards) and Roland Emerson (Benjamin Sadler, Dresden), make a shocking discovery – the moon’s new orbit has put it on a collision course with earth. The world now has 39 days to correct the moon’s orbit, or earth, and all of mankind, will perish.

Directed by Michael J Rohr (Supernatural, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Impact is an ambitious mini-series, grounded in a strong character driven story while taking the viewer on a ride through the last great frontier open to mankind, outer space.

Rohr says he was “drawn to the project by the combination of an enormous scientific disaster coupled with the deep emotions of the key characters, plus I knew that the last part of the mini-series needed to be shot on the moon – which would be no easy feat, but exciting all the same”.

With part of the series set on the moon, the carefully researched script (written by Michael Vickerman, Intimate Stranger, Superfire) required that an extensive team undertake the task of creating a believable moon-scape.

Rohl’s approach was to “take the story and break it down piece by piece in order to identify clearly what the audience needed to see for believability and then figure out the best way to accomplish it”.

Working closely with production designer Eric Fraser, Rohl set about the task of creating the moon on earth, which they achieved using a combination of green screen in studio, and a gravel pit located in British Columbia, Canada.

Will mankind be able to band together and launch an international mission to the moon to stop this catastrophe?