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The Bureau of Magical Things
Genre Comedy
Created by Jonathan M. Shiff
Developed by
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Mark Shirrefs
Starring
  • Kimie Tsukakoshi
  • Elizabeth Cullen
  • Mia Milnes
  • Julian Cullen
  • Rainbow Wedell
  • Jamie Carter
  • Christopher Sommers
Opening theme Brett Aplin
Ending theme Brett Aplin
Composer(s) Ricky Edwards & Brett Aplin
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Julia Adams
  • Nicole Keeb
  • Arne Lohmann
  • Cherrie Bottger
Producer(s)
  • Jonathan M. Shiff
  • Stuart Wood
Cinematography Andrew Conder
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Distributor ZDF Enterprises
Release
Original network Eleven
Picture format HDTV 720p
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release July 8, 2018 (2018-07-08) – present (present)

The Bureau of Magical Things is an Australian comedy television series created by Jonathan M. Shiff and developed by Jonathan M. Shiff and Mark Shirrefs that premiered in Australia on Eleven on July 8, 2018, and aired through November 2, 2018. In the United States, the series debuted on Nickelodeon on October 8, 2018; it later moved to TeenNick where it was broadcast from October 15 to November 8, 2018. The series stars Kimie Tsukakoshi, Elizabeth Cullen, Mia Milnes, Julian Cullen, Rainbow Wedell, Jamie Carter, and Christopher Sommers. The Bureau of Magical Things was renewed for a second season in November 2019.

Premise

The human and magic worlds co-existed in harmony, but as technology advanced, the magic world was pushed back, and fairies and other magical creatures became endangered species. Now, someone wants to change that and restore magic to its rightful place. When Kyra uncovers a threat to both the human and magic worlds, she must try to unite humans, elves, and fairies in order to save them all. Kyra and Peter must solve the mystery of who the enigmatic figure is and how they will achieve their goal. The investigation leads them to uncover secrets in both the human and magic worlds that no one could have imagined.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Kimie Tsukakoshi as Kyra, a teenage girl whose life is changed after an encounter with a magic book, transforming her into a tri-ling, part-human, part-fairy, and part-elf. While wary of her new circumstances, she is learning to accept her newfound reality.
  • Elizabeth Cullen as Imogen, an elf training to become a member of the Department of Magical Intervention (DMI). While serious about her training, she does not believe in teamwork and is very wary of Kyra, though is starting to soften to her.
  • Mia Milnes as Lily, a fairy training to become a member of the DMI. She is a friendly and bubbly person, who quickly warms up to Kyra.
  • Julian Cullen as Darra, an elf training to become a member of the DMI and Imogen's brother. Unlike his sister, he is more friendly to others and not as enthusiastic in his studies.
  • Rainbow Wedell as Ruksy, a fairy training to become a member of the DMI. While friendly like Lily, she is much more serious.
  • Jamie Carter as Peter, Kyra's friend. He loves comics and is very suspicious of the magical phenomenon around.
  • Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell, a bookstore owner and teacher of magic for the DMI. He trains his students to master their magic powers. He is a half-ling, half-human, and half-elf. He cares greatly for his students and wants them to reach their full potential.

Recurring

  • Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Kyra's best friend and fellow basketball player who doesn't know of Kyra's magical powers.
  • Steve Nation as Steve, Kyra's stepfather and local police officer, who is also unaware of Kyra's powers.
  • Melanie Zanetti as Orla, an elf who's one of the DMI's top agents and Imogen's idol who poses as a reporter. She is an old acquaintance of Maxwell's and apparently has her own agenda involving Kyra.
  • Nicholas Bell as Sean, the Director of Magic, and Lily's father.

Production

On July 17, 2017, it was announced that a new children's series was to film in Queensland from producer Jonathan M. Shiff (H2O: Just Add Water, Mako: Island of Secrets, Thunderstone, Ocean Girl, Horace and Tina). The 20-episode series is set to film specifically in Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Arundel, with filming starting in July 2017 and ending in December 2017. Starring in the series will be Kimie Tsukakoshi, Elizabeth Cullen, Julian Cullen, Mia Milnes, Rainbow Wedell, Jamie Carter, Nicholas Bell, Christopher Sommers, Steve Nation, and Melanie Zanetti. Jonathan M. Shiff serves as executive producer and producer. Julia Adams serves as executive producer. Stuart Wood serves as producer. Mark Shirrefs serves as writer. Evan Clarry and Grant Brown serve as directors. The series aired in Australia on Eleven. On September 22, 2018, Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the series and announced that the series would premiere in the United States on October 8, 2018.

On November 27, 2019, it was announced that a second season of the series would be produced, with production to take place between December 2019 and July 2020 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The series cast, including Kimie Tsukakoshi, was expected to return. However, production on the series was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Australian air date U.S. air date Prod.
code
  • U.S. viewers
  • (millions)
1 "Magical Mishaps" Grant Brown Evan Clarry July 8, 2018 (2018-07-08) October 8, 2018 101 0.66

Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Amy Raffe as Helen, Rumi Kikuchi as Michiko

Songs featured: "Wouldn't It Be?" performed by Kimie Tsukakoshi, "Can't Let Go", performed by Ruby Dacy
2 "Magic in the Air" Grant Brown Chris Anastassiades July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15) October 9, 2018 102 0.75
Guest star: Steve Nation as Steve
3 "All the World's a Stage" Grant Brown Alex Wyatt & Mark Shirrefs July 22, 2018 (2018-07-22) October 10, 2018 103 0.62

Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla

Absent: Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell
4 "Gone to the Dogs" Grant Brown Li-Kim Chuah July 29, 2018 (2018-07-29) October 11, 2018 104 0.68
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Penny Everingham as Mrs. Spencer
5 "A Knight to Remember" Grant Brown Anthony Morris August 5, 2018 (2018-08-05) October 15, 2018 105 0.07
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Javan Barnard as Leo, Ava Taylor as Callie, Nicholas Bell as Sean
6 "The Test" Grant Brown Michelle Law August 12, 2018 (2018-08-12) October 16, 2018 106 0.12
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda
7 "Fairy for a Day" Grant Brown Sam Carroll August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19) October 17, 2018 107 0.10

Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Charlotte Stent as Sally, Jacy Lewis as Dawn

Absent: Jamie Carter as Peter
8 "Shortcut" Grant Brown Evan Clarry August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26) October 18, 2018 108 0.12
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Amy Raffe as Helen
9 "On the Beach" Grant Brown Mark Shirrefs & Alex Wyatt September 2, 2018 (2018-09-02) October 22, 2018 109 0.10
10 "Uncharted Waters" Grant Brown Chris Anastassiades September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) October 23, 2018 110 0.07
Guest stars: Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean
11 "A Fairy Tale" Evan Clarry Evan Clarry September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16) October 24, 2018 111 0.10

Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, John Manning as Cedric, Sam Cotton as Silas, Cleo Massey as Sophie

Absent: Christopher Sommers as Professor Maxwell
12 "Aisle 13" Evan Clarry Vicki Englund September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23) October 25, 2018 112 0.08
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve
13 "Forces of Attraction" Evan Clarry Sam Carroll September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) October 29, 2018 113 0.10
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Nicholas Bell as Sean
14 "The Eye of Horus" Evan Clarry Evan Clarry October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07) October 30, 2018 114 0.10

Guest stars: Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Candice Flanagan as Giselle, Nicholas Bell as Sean

Absent: Jamie Carter as Peter
15 "Judgment Day" Evan Clarry Sam Carroll October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14) October 31, 2018 115 0.03
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Samantha Fitzgerald as Ella, Cameron Caulfield as Nate, Charlie Dunn as Jack, Nicholas Bell as Sean
16 "Prize Day" Evan Clarry Alexa Wyatt October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21) November 1, 2018 116 0.09
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Samantha Fitzgerald as Ella, Paul Bishop as Jared, Rumi Kikuchi as Michiko, Priyanka Das as Neesha, Norma Leaver as Mrs. Crowther, Nicholas Bell as Sean
17 "Accused" Evan Clarry Vicki Englund October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28) November 5, 2018 117 0.09
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean
18 "On the Case" Evan Clarry Vicki Englund November 1, 2018 (2018-11-01) November 6, 2018 118 0.10
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Nicholas Bell as Sean
19 "End of the Road: Part 1" Evan Clarry Mark Shirrefs November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02) November 7, 2018 119 0.08
Guest stars: Arnijka Larcombe-Weate as Mathilda, Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Paul Bishop as Jared, Nicholas Bell as Sean
20 "End of the Road: Part 2" Evan Clarry Vicki Englund & Mark Shirrefs November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02) November 8, 2018 120 0.10
Guest stars: Steve Nation as Steve, Melanie Zanetti as Orla, Paul Bishop as Jared, Steven Lunavich as Trevor, Nicholas Bell as Sean

U.S. ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of The Bureau of Magical Things
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 20 October 8, 2018 (2018-10-08) 0.66 November 8, 2018 (2018-11-08) 0.10 0.21 TBD
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