New local series Diplomatic Immunity is a comedy about a fallen diplomatic Foreign Affairs high-flier, who ends up baby-sitting the morally bankrupt (but for a good cause) staff of the embassy of The Most Royal Kingdom of Fe'ausi.
The series is created by James Griffin ( Outrageous Fortune, Serial Killers).
Craig Parker stars as Leighton Mills - until late, the blue-eyed boy of Foreign Affairs. Handsome, charming and ambitious, Leighton was a man on his way up. Then came the incident with a few too many glasses of champagne; the beautiful junior British Royal; the back seat of the Ministerial limo outside Government House; and the paparazzi photographer.
Now Leighton Mills finds himself landed with a new posting - as diplomatic attaché to the non-descript villa that is the Auckland embassy of The Most Royal Kingdom of Fe'ausi. A move that is as far backward as his career can go.
David Fane stars as Jonah, the Ambassador; a whale of a man, with a huge personality to go along with his huge body, and the mastermind of every ethically dodgy scam that drives Leighton insane with frustration.
However, Jonah has an Achilles heel: his beautiful, headstrong daughter Leilani. Banned from The Most Royal Kingdom of Fe'ausi for her leadership of the pro-democracy/anti-monarchy stirrers, she has been sent to New Zealand and is now Jonah's problem.
Diplomatic Immunity is a bold, brassy and politically incorrect comedy series about love and manipulation. It follows the battle of two men - father and suitor - for the heart and soul of one very smart young woman.