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The climate upgrade failed.
Rival police forces for kids and grown ups
compete to keep the peace!
All citizens are implanted with an age chip at birth.
The APD (nicknamed the ‘dult' police) are responsible for over 16s. The
YPD (youth police department) police the under 16s.
• The Climate Upgrade
• Characters: The YPD
• Characters: The APD
• Characters: Father Thames/ the Mercs
• Episode Guide
• Animation Approach
• Contact details
Contact: Robin Price
• Dystopian triology set in a
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flooded future where kids
police kids, and grown ups
police grown ups!
• Rule breaking risk taker
Jem teams up with officious
YPD agent Nick to track
down eco-criminal gang
• Three graphic novellas for
Strange areas of dark water are appearing...
London Deep is set in the not too distant future in a flooded
world where rival police forces for kids and grown ups
compete to keep the peace. At the heart of the story is a
memorable concept: kids police kids and grown ups police
grown ups. Follow the adventures of unlikely YPD recruit
Jemima Mallard as tries to do the right thing in a sunken
world - brimming with secrets and lies.
London Deep is packed with memorable characters (both grown ups and
kids) who’ll lead you through a mixed up world of coexisting communities.
The series starts with a mystery... all over the river Thames, areas of dark
polluted water have started to appear....
Pollution like this has
not been seen since the
Is the banned group
must find out...
In the flooded future...
Kids blame grown ups for what they did
to the planet.
What’s special about London Deep?
• Kids police kids and grown ups police grown ups
- society is divided along age lines.
• It’s packed with unlikely pairings and choices:
rebellious teen Jem must team up with the
obsessive ‘details freak’ Nick.
• London Deep Author Robin Price has imagined
the series for a TV audience, drawing on some of
the best elements of the three books and filling in
• Each of the 26 episodes is packed with drama but
no more scary or violent than the average Doctor
• Rooted in reality, the lack of magic and
‘unbelievable’ elements and the cool visuals let
younger viewers feel like they are crossing a
boundary into something more ‘grown up’ than
the typical animated programme.*
• The story lines are age appropriate for children
as young as 9 years old but many adults will also
enjoy them too.
*In his MIP Junior 2015 presentation, David
Kleeman at Global Trends noted an ‘urge to age
up’ and called it ‘innocent transgressive boundary
The Climate Upgrade
A catastrophic event known as ‘The Climate
Upgrade’ caused mass flooding. Now London
Two police forces
The APD (nicknamed the ‘Dult police) are
responsible for anyone over the age of 16
years. The YPD (headed up by their ‘Mander)
are responsible for anyone under the age of
At birth every citizen is ‘chipped’ with an Age
ID tag. These can be read by a detector.
However, as we find out, it is possible to hack
these age chips.
Since the Climate Upgrade guns have
become taboo. Anyone caught with one is
cast adrift outside the Barrier.
The police carry non-lethal electric guns -
(‘zaps’) but these are very expensive to fire
and are slow to recharge.
Father Thames ISBN: 9781906132040
London Deep ISBN: 9781906132033
Threadneedle ISBN: 9781906132057
‘A terrifically atmospheric page-turning
adventure... with contemporary issues of
climate change and the environment in an
original and provocative way but without
sounding patronising. It’s a rattling good
read and one in which you are sure to be
drawn in to Jemima’s exploits of survival.’
The TV series starts with Jem joining the YPD. (This is the big
revelation at the beginning of the second book - Father Thames
- but it has been brought forward for the TV adaptation). With
Jem a cop in the YPD from episode 2, the scene is set for
a futuristic cop thriller. Serial rule breaker Jem is teamed up
with methodical details freak Nick. A question mark hangs over
Jem’s motives. Is she bought into the YPD or will she be swayed
by the tempting chaos of her mother’s secretive organisation
• Environmental themes are explored without preaching.
Children blame adults for what they did to the world.
• The two teenage leads are in the driving seat, in positions of
• However, with empowerment comes responsibility as they
are encounter new dilemmas in each episode.
• We’re flexible about formats - e.g. 26 x 22 mins or 13 by 22
mins are options.
• There are 4 books and a detailed world to draw upon.
• ‘Propulsive serialization’ techniques are used - where a new
story line develops every 3 or 4 episodes.
• Each episode resolves so you can still watch them in any
order - but ideally when you watch them sequentially them
you’ll be gripped as the story progressively unfolds.
The daughter of a high ranking APD inspector,
Jemima Mallard is a serial rule breaker.
Impulsive and intuitive, she often puts herself
into risky situations in order to satisfy her
curiousity. Jem has a passion for fairness.
She must choose between the infl exible forces
of law and order and the glamour of Father
Thames - her mother’s outlawed organisation.
At fi rst Jem is attracted by Father Thames ‘s
arguments. They are right to protest about
society’s fl aws but like many extremists before
the Climate Upgrade - they put their cause
above the needs of people. Over the series -
Jem and Nick will see how this is wrong.
Nick is the opposite of Jem - a details freak who gets enraged by law breakers - however
petty the law. Nick likes investigations to proceed in an orderly manner and becomes
infuriated when Jem goes diving in and muddying the waters. Despite his nerdy attention
to detail, Nick has a strong physical presence. He’s great with boats and ropes. Years of
training mean he can handle himself in any situation. Behind his obsession with arrest
statistics, a caring and cool person may be waiting to come out. Nick does not know it at
the beginning, but he’s secretly falling for rule breaking Jemima Mallard.
The Dult Police (APD)
DCI Mallard is Jem’s father. After a long career in the APD
he starts the series ‘sailing a desk’ (close to retirement)
but gets mixed up in Jem’s adventures. Mallard always
comes to Jem’s aid when she’s in trouble. This plain
talker gets some of the best lines in the series especially
when he starts arguing with Jem’s mother.
The YPD love their jargon:
‘Mander’ is short for commander.
The Mander is the chief officer
in the YPD. This charismatic
leader is a great presenter and
a clever negotiator.
Rumour has it that his age
ID might have been ‘chipped’
and he’s older than 16.
Haig is the Mander’s ruthless second in
command. He recruited Jem to the force,
perhaps in order to set her against her
father (and the APD). Haig wrote the book
on treachery - and the put the book on the
The YPD (continued)
At the age of 17 a YPD officer must hand back their badge and leave the force. This
means the YPD are constantly recruiting new members. They’ll need them too -
what with the ‘black holes’, threadneedle, Father Thames, the Mercs and ‘drift by’
crime on the rise.
One of Jem’s
cases brings her into contact with these
reenactor droids from the Pastkeeper’s
Palace. (Art by Sumit Sarkar)
Jem’s mother heads up the banned
organisaion Father Thames. She is
a volatile contrast to Jem’s ‘down to
earth’ father. She cured herself of the
Threadneedle disease but refuses to
share the vaccine with Mallard.
for short) is from
island. Despite her
object of Nick’s
Meet the Mercs: part merchants, part mercenaries. Despite their ‘code’, not
all Mercs are as honourable as their leader Hass (with the moustache). Mercs
have access to pre-flood technology like ‘fabbing’ (fabricating spare parts).
Not everyone agrees with a world divided
along age lines. The name Father Thames
is whispered by dissenters. Jem discovers
that Father Thames is not a person:
it’s an organisation led by Jem’s brilliant but
Father Thames informant and graffiti
scrawling ‘coder’ who is rescued by
Jem. He has connections with Father
Thames and The Mercs.
This technological genius
and lover of forbidden snacks is the
co-founder of Father Thames.
Shami is River’s right hand in Father
Thames organisation. She’s a mole
in the YPD, working for Father
Thames. Shami was orphaned at a
long age and she’s jealous of Jem’s
relationship with River.
A mine has broken free from the M25: the ancient
minefi eld that encircles London.
At the risk of going all ‘deep’ on you - the series explores
some of the following issues:
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE YOUNG BLAME THE OLD
THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN KIDS AND GROWN UPS
EXTREMISM and IDEALISM
Jem’s mother becomes infected with the ‘threadneedle’disease:
Tensions rise as rival police forces for grown ups and kids compete
to keep the peace in a flooded world. The APD (adult police - or ‘Dult’
police) are responsible for citizens over 16 and the YPD police anyone
Episode One: Strangetown
Jemima Mallard’s houseboat gets sunk by masked raiders. Jem’s father (an Inspector
in the APD) chases the jet skiers - but they are clocked as ‘under age’! The Dult police
are powerless to arrest them. Jem ‘borrows’ a nearby taxi boat and pursues the raiders
(breaking multiple laws in the process). When the raiders get away, Jem returns to find
her father trying to talk YPD boss Haig out of arresting her for stealing the taxi. Haig
offers her a deal: join the YPD or face punishment in The Bloody Tower, (the YPD’s
infamous floating prison).
Episode Two: Sinker
Rule breaker Jemima Mallard is horrified to find herself a rookie YPD officer. Her new
patrol partner Nick is equally horrified to have a raw recruit as a partner. Their first case
is a weird one. Someone is sinking boats for fun. Attacks are centred on the Bargers: a
secretive minority community led by a disciplinarian called The Ferryman. Jem and Nick
discover that the Ferryman’s son knows more about the sinkings than he is letting on.
Episode Three: Fab
YPD officer Nick is worried because his arrest rate has slowed since he teamed up with
new girl Jem. YPD boss Haig is threatening to take away Nick’s beloved launch - The
Aqua - unless the pairs’ arrest stats improve. Jem agrees to go to the only place that
can get Nick’s stats up: a ‘sink’ estate near the Isle of Frogs. Things get ‘choppy’ when
the duo run into an illegal powerboat shop. Motors need to be licenced and ‘fabbing’
(fabricating) engine parts is a ‘three bar’ offence. Unbelievably, the fabber is over age
and the YPD can’t arrest her! Has someone hacked her ‘unhackable’ age ID chip?
Episode Four: Drift by
Jem and Nick are sent to investigate a ‘drift-by’ robbery near Shard island. On top of
the ruined Shard building is Nelson’s Column. Architects used to be ‘creative’ before
the Climate Upgrade. On route, Jem and Nick pass a whirlpool of polluted water. These
mysterious black holes are said to be toxic but Jem dives in to investigate. Running out
of air, she is rescued by Nick - who risks his life. But when Jem discovers that her reserve
air tank has been disconnected, she suspects the YPD of sabotage.
Episode Five: Water rats
The city is battened down, preparing to face a freak wave. Jem overhears a distress
call: an old woman has fallen off her barge in the rat infested Canary swamp area. Rats
(and adults) carry the incurable threadneedle disease, which only affects young people.
Nick decides to ignore the call - there’s no ‘stats’ for saving a grown up. Infuriated, Jem
ditches Nick and speeds to the rescue. She saves the old woman but when a wave hits
her boat, she falls in and is carried downstream by the fast current. Reaching out, she
clings onto the first thing she finds. This turns out to be a ‘Keep’ - a floating holding cell
for YPD prisoners. But the plague rats have spotted it too!
Episode Six: The Bloody Tower
Commander Haig orders Jem to go undercover to track down the criminal Father
Thames. Jem’s ID chip seems to be malfunctioning. She is picked up by a YPD patrol.
Their galley is on route to their infamous prison - The Bloody Tower. Jem discovers
a mysterious calling card in her pocket. Jem learns from fellow prisoner Saul that her
‘scratcher’ card carries a code that will allow her to connect with Father Thames. At
the gates of The Bloody Tower Jem’s boat is rescued by her father (DCI Mallard). He
might be in the ‘Dult police - but he’s got a submarine full of ration packs to trade for his
daughter’s freedom. How did Mallard find Jem? Mallard explains that Nick made the
call. Jem is forced to reassess her opnion of her YPD partner.
Episode Seven: Shark’s tooth
Nick and Jem are back on the beat together. Jem’s attitude towards Nick seems to
have softened. But Nick misinterprets this lack of open hostility for deeper feelings.
Meanwhile, Illegal powerboats have been reported near the Thames Barrier Reef. The
‘Dult police are first on the scene but a shark rams Mallard’s boat. Luckily - Jem is handy
with a harpoon gun and scores a direct hit. Jem is given a tooth from the shark as a
souvenir. But the shark has been ‘augmented’ with technology. This kind of pre-flood
hi-tech is ultra rare and illegal. Mallard suspects the shark was made by ‘Mercs’ - shady
traders who are part merchant, part mercenaries.
Episode Eight: M25
Two floating mines have drifted past the city defences. The first mine explodes and the
second floats menacingly onwards. Little is known about technology from before the
Climate Upgrade. The mines have come from the M25 an ancient minefield surrounding
London. Mallard calls a Pastkeeper from the museum, who agrees to come and help.
Nick tries to explode the mines with a ‘hell’ bomb, but the fuel just burns on the surface
of the mine. Jem is not impressed with Nick for creating a floating fire bomb!
An fat man arrives in a Hong Kong style junk. He deactivates the second mine, saving
the floating market and leaves before anyone can thank him. Moments later, the real
expert from the museum arrives. Who was the mysterious fat man? Jem is amazed
when her shark tooth pendant vibrates and reveals a message.
Episode Nine: Two Swords
Sub-mander Haig gives Jem and Nick a rare day off. Jem decides to spend her day
diving into the flooded waxworks of Madame Two Swords. Nick decides to ‘tag’ along.
Jem doesn’t want him to come but he just can’t read the signs. As they arrive at a place
called Toad Island, a masked figure swings onto the boat and knocks Nick into the water,
leaving him stranded. When she removes her mask, Jem is amazed to find discover
that the masked raider is her own mother - River. Jem’s father warned her to ‘let still
waters be’ - her mother is brilliant but volatile. River tries to recruit Jem to join Father
Thames. But Jem decides to go back to rescue Nick from the poisonous inhabitants of
Episode Ten: Return of the Argonaut
The sole survivor of a hand picked crew returns to London in his boat The Argo. The
survivor claims to have discovered an entire new continent. Jem and Nick are sent to
investigate, they find that the new land mass is a huge floating island of waste plastic.
As they leave, they encounter the Mercs (part mercanaries - part merchants). Things
look bad for the YPD pair until the leader of the Mercs spots Jem’s shark tooth necklace.
Episode Eleven: Threadneedle
When Jem and Nick investigate a house boat theft, Nick saves Jem from a booby trap
but becomes infected with the ‘threadneedle’ disease. This only affects young people.
Adults (and rats) are the carriers of the disease. Jem is shocked to learn that the Mander
is banishing the ‘threadies’ to a ‘safeguarding’ area outside the barrier. Nick is stripped of
his badge and taken away. Jem seeks out her mother’s help. But will River help save the
life of an officer in the hated YPD? River agrees and Nick’s record is alterted to indicate
a false positive.
EPISODE GUIDE - cont.
Episode Twelve: It’s a gas
The mystery of the black holes is finally revealed! Father Thames have been mining the river bed
for methane gas - which they are storing in a giant underground tank. But what do the outlaws want
with all that gas? The YPD and APD hold a conference of war. Would Father Thames really use gas
against the inhabitants? Jem thinks not but Mallard wouldn’t rule it out. Jem and Nick are despatched
to destroy the tank - but Shami - a double agent in the YPD - is determined to stop them.
Episode Thirteen: Subversion
The Mander sends Nick and Jem to infiltrate Father Thames’s base - an abandoned submarine.
Nick is amazed when the leader of Father Thames is revealed to be... Jem’s mother! The one who
treated him for threadneedle and hacked his medical record to conceal it. Not convinced by River’s
extremist arguments, Nick escapes and shoots the Fat man with a non-lethal ‘zap’ gun. Tragically,
the fat man’s pacemaker fails and he dies. Nick is distraught when he recognizes the fat man as the
hero who defused the floating mine that threatened the market. Should he reveal the truth to Jem?
Episode Fourteen: King coder
Rumour has it that Father Thames is offering a one million joules prize for anyone who can ‘code’
Nelson’s column. ‘Coding’ slogans on boats and buildings is a ‘three bar’ offence for which the
punishment is three years in the YPD’s prison (the infamous ‘Bloody Tower’). YPD officer Nick thinks
this is a fair punishment: scaling the tops of sunken towers to deface them is a dangerous offence.
But a boy called Saul is determined to get his hands on the prize.
Episode Fifteen: Dultnappers
A gang of youths is kidnapping adults. Relations between the YPD and the APD are at an all time low
and the ‘Dult police are powerless to stop the attacks. Mallard reluctantly asks Jem and Nick to help
him bring the youth gang to justice. Nick wins Jem’s respect when he risks everything in order to help
her father. Does Jem really have feelings for her YPD partner or is it strictly business?
Episode Sixteen: Shark city
Someone has been using a device to drain the city batteries. They are sapping the power to the
Barrier (a chain of security buoys that protect the city waters from sharks and deadly ‘beastfish’). In
the course of her investigation, Jem discovers a secret: the power has been down for weeks. Only
a line of baited hooks stands between the public and the former wildwater zone called ‘Sharkopolis’.
Should Jem blow the whistle or would the truth spread panic?
Episode Seventeen: Power jack
The YPD’s weapons are out of power. Saul has a proposition for Jem.The boy suggests going to the
Mercs to buy a ‘top up’. Nick disagrees - arguing that you shouldn’t buy power when you don’t know
where it comes from. However without their non-lethal zap guns, the YPD will have to use force to
make arrests and people will get seriously hurt.
Episode Eighteen: Wavebombers
Whenever the winds and the tide combines, the Thames Barrier reef can be a dangerous place.
What better place for the exciting craze of ‘wavebombing’. Under orders to put a stop to it, Nick is
about to break the surfer’s boards. Meanwhile, Jem is impressed by Remi - a charismatic surfer.
She persuades Nick to let the wavebombers off with a verbal warning. Later, when Remi’s younger
brother goes missing in storm surge conditions, Jem borrows a board and rides to his rescue.
Episode Nineteen: The Ferryman
Someone is using a device that creates whirlpools - to draw attention away from their criminal
activities: an illegal powerboat race. The Mander suspects Father Thames: but the answer lies with a
feud at the heart of the Barger community who must choose a new ‘Ferryman’ to lead them.
Episode Twenty: Pastkeeper’s palace
Jem and Nick arrive at the Pastkeeper’s Palace - a private museum - to find a three metre high hole
in the wall. Three war re-enactment robots have busted out. But it can’t be possible... everyone
knows that robots aren’t intelligent enough to unplug themselves.
Episode Twenty One: Wounded siren
Jem and Nick are told to investigate incidents of boats being ‘drawn’ onto the rocks by a mysterious
call and wrecked! But this is London, not ancient Greece! At the heart of the mystery is a box made
by a pre-flood security corporation called Greenwheel.
Episode Twenty Two: Tribute
A ghostly ship sails right through a hole in the Barrier. Nick and Jem try to intercept the vessel but the
crew are formidable fighters. Defeated, both police forces decide to negotiate with the intruders. Their
leader - Thorlkeld, looks like he’s just stepped out of a Viking long ship. Haig offers him solar panels
and food. But Thorkeld delivers an ultimatum.Thorkeld’s leader - The Stormfather - is demanding a
tribute of people.
Episode Twenty Three: The Stormfather wants you!
Jem and Nick follow Thorkeld’s ship to a tiny windswept island. Nick swims ashore to find the leader
of the islanders: a madman known as Bad Mask - who is working for the mysterious Stormfather.
Jem discovers that The Stormfather is an ancient wind turbine. (The faded manufacturers nameplate
reads: Stormfarmer II).The pair rescue Mallard, free up the sails and make the Stormfather turn
again. Nick can’t understand why Fleur isn’t elated. With this much renewable electricity from the
wind - the islanders are rich. However, Mallard warns that power always corrupts.
Episode Twenty Four: Shami through the looking glass
Mallard breaks bad news. Despite their oath of secrecy, the Mander has got wind of the new ‘electric
island’ where the streets are paved with electricity. Jem suspects that Shami is the ‘mole’ but Nick
discovers that Shami is a double agent: she’s been working been working for Father Thames all
Episode Twenty Five: Harfleur
Bored of waiting for Jem, Nick has fallen for Harfleur. On a mission to a second Stormfarmer wind
turbine, the pair encounter rats carrying threadneedle disease. Nick is already infected - and as
he drives the creatures away he is bitten again. When Harfleur finds out, she abandons him in a
Episode Twenty Six: Renewables
The YPD decide to leave London because of the threadneedle epidemic. However, Mallard suspects
that they want to take over the Stormfather island (now an important strategic ‘asset’ due to its
renawable power source). As the YPD fleet head for the Island, Harfleur and the Islanders must
decide whether to accept the newcomers. Meanwhile the Mercs have also learned of the power
source and they want their share. They’ve brought an ancient robot back to life. As the rival forces
converge on the island, Jem must decide where her loyalties lie - and whether her rocky relationship
with Nick is ‘renewable’ too.
What the reviewers say...
The first London Deep book was a Recommended
Read for World Book Day in 2011. There are three titles
in the series.
‘Robin Price’s writing is quirky with a bit of an edge to it that greatly
adds realism to this dystopian version of London… Add in the
gritty illustrated comic panels by Paul McGrory and you find this
is indeed something quite new, not only in plot, but in style. It’s
not just an illustrated novel, nor is it quite a graphic novel. It is
a hybrid between the two… As such, it works quite well for the
younger market. Children aged 9 and above who are reluctant to
read but love comics will find the shorter full text sections easy
to get through, with the comic panels adding punctuation to the
action occurring within that part of the chapter.’
‘London Deep is a really amazing story about a twelve year old
girl called Jemima Mallard. She lives in a flooded London of the
future!! … This book is a very enjoyable read with lots of drama
action and fun. The comic pics are very enjoyable to look at and
they fit well with this kind of story.’
Abigail – (aged 10).
‘Is this part graphic novel, part standard text, or is it a story with
illustrations…? It made my head ache, but my eleven year old
loved it and seemed to have no trouble cutting backwards and
forwards between the two…’
Rachel Ayers Nelson – School Librarian Magazine
(Father Thames) ‘Unusual in style and fast-moving, the writing
ensures the reader is totally absorbed in the book and the people
and places spring to life. The format is perfect for encouraging
reluctant readers and they will be well rewarded by this exciting
‘This is a terrifically atmospheric page-turning adventure
told through words and comic art. Set in the near future, in a
flooded London where rival police forces – one for adults and
one for kids – compete to keep the peace, it intertwines the
story of Jemima, daughter of the Chief Inspector of Police, with
contemporary issues of climate change and the environment
in an original and provocative way but without sounding
patronising. It’s a rattling good read and one in which you are
sure to be drawn in to Jemima’s exploits of survival.’
‘Through pace and narrative power, both admirably sustained,
the book avoids becoming didactic. This is no campaign
document on climate change…
The characterization, especially of Jemima and Nick, is forceful
and convincing. They capture the reader’s interest and carry
the narrative forward…’ Armadillo Magazine
“...the detailed world depicted in Father Thames (has) familiar
landmarks transformed since the ‘Climate Upgrade’ – including
the Thames Barrier Reef, Trafalgar Swamp and the remains
of the London Eye, now known as ‘the Socket’. Children will
also revel in the mysterious invaders, who are part pirate and
part Viking warriors. Father Thames is half book, half graphic
novel, with Japanese ‘manga’-style illustrations, which serve as
excellent rewards for continued reading. The masked invaders
are particularly chilling. The book contains references to fairly
tricky themes such as terrorist cells, but action-loving readers
will lap this up.’ Scholastic Education
For more information contact:
London Deep ISBN: 9781906132033
Father Thames ISBN: 9781906132040
Threadneedle ISBN: 9781906132057
London Deep is a registered trademark.
Copyright Mogzilla 2015. All rights reserved. Artwork by Paul McGrory
except ‘robots’ by Sumit Sakar. Colouring by Jess Swainson, Rachel
De San Croix, Rebecca Davy . Text by Robin Price.