Vampires, werewolves, and zombies have all had their moments in the pop-culture spotlight, but now it’s time to drive a stake through their hearts and ask them to politely move along because there’s a new supernatural player in TV town.
Stemming from Greek mythology, sirens have long been depicted over the years as dangerous creatures posing as beautiful women who lure sailors to their deaths with the sound of their beautiful voices.
Tidelands follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best), a young woman who has returned home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after spending 10 years in a juvenile detention centre.
But her homecoming turns out to be much more dangerous than she ever could have anticipated as the small town she left behind is now shrouded in mysteries.
Mysteries which all link back to a secretive commune of outcasts called the Tidelanders, who live in a hidden pocket of the bay.
The Tidelanders are a group of people who we soon learn are actually half-humans and half-sirens and have a very dangerous hold over the people in the community.
"I hope Australia will fall in love with her because she’s just so human," actress Charlotte Best told Mamamia.
"She’s searching for something. She’s just a young woman finding her place in the world, which I can definitely relate to. She is also very fiery and just messes with so many people on the show. She’s very much ‘cyclone Cal’ but ends up being redeemable.
“When it comes to the mythology behind the sirens, they were not something I was aware of before we started filming. Growing up I was mostly a Harry Potter fan.
"But the writers have done a beautiful job of bringing that mythology into these characters and this story. Every culture is connected by these same stories and connected by the water. The writers actually wrote a huge story bible for all of us to read while filming.