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Operation Buffalo on Acorn TV

Inspired by true events, OPERATION BUFFALO is a satiric thriller with a dark edge, that shines a light on a little known and highly controversial part of Australia's modern history - the British nuclear testing in the South Australia Outback at the height of the Cold War. This six-part series is set for its exclusive UK premiere on Acorn TV and tells the tale of undercover operations and questionable behaviour at a time when no one knew who to trust or what to believe. It will have you hooked from its action-packed start.

The year is 1956 and the Menzies Government has welcomed British atomic bomb testing at remote, 'uninhabited' Maralinga. Major Leo Carmichael, played by Ewen Leslie (The Luminaries, The Cry) is the high-ranking military engineer running the show. He must pick up the slack left by the ageing and incompetent General 'Cranky' Crankford (James Cromwell, Succession, Boardwalk Empire) and get the base ready for a surprise visit from some very important guests.

With the imminent arrival of the British High Commissioner (William Zappa, Mad Max 2) along with Australian Attorney-General (Tony Martin, Heartbreak High) and Defence Minister (Alan Dukes, The Secrets She Keeps), things start to fall apart. First a woman disappears from the base, then meteorologist Eva Lloyd-George (Jessica De Gouw, The Secrets She Keeps, Vienna Blood) sent by M16, arrives to investigate a critical data leak.

Meanwhile, Cranky starts to question official government policy that there are no Aboriginal people in the area and embarks on a walkabout in the desert to find out for himself. When he meets an indigenous family - matriarch Ruby (Frances Djulibing, Charlie's County) and her children Sam (Shaka Cook, Black Comedy) and Peggy *Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Total Control) - he learns they too are searching for answers about mysterious clouds and the even more mysterious disappearances in their community.

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