Guy Davis

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I have no idea,” laughed ac­tor Dougie Bald­win, when asked what he would do if he found him­self in a sit­u­a­tion like the one fac­ing his char­ac­ter in the se­ries Nowhere Boys. “What would you do?” Given the set- up of Nowhere Boys’ story, it’s a ques­tion the au­di­ence will be ask­ing them­selves.

The 13- episode se­ries sees four very dif­fer­ent teenage boys – al­pha male Jake ( Matthew Te­stro), golden boy Sam ( Ra­hart Sadiqzai), nerdy Andy ( Joel Lok) and Bald­win’s mis­fit Felix – re­turn from a night lost in the for­est dur­ing a school ex­cur­sion to en­ter a very dif­fer­ent world.

Ac­tu­ally, it’s not that dif­fer­ent ex­cept for one im­por­tant de­tail: this is a world where none of the boys ever ex­isted. Their fam­i­lies don’t recog­nise them, their friends don’t know them, there’s no record of them at all.

As the lads work to­gether to un­ravel the mys­tery, things only start get­ting stranger.

For Bald­win, the con­cept of Nowhere Boys seemed fas­ci­nat­ing and unique – “one I’ve never seen be­fore,” he said – as well as rel­e­vant to its tar­get au­di­ence.

“Th­ese ideas of feel­ing like an out­cast, feel­ing like you don’t fit it, I think they re­ally speak to a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

Out of the four boys, Felix per­haps has the most trou­ble fit­ting in, stemming from an ac­ci­dent that left his younger brother Os­car con­fined to a wheel­chair.

“His fam­ily takes shots at him for what hap­pened to Os­car, and so the guilt Felix has as a re­sult has left him trapped in this emo­tional state,” Bald­win said.

That was in the “real” world, though. In the al­ter­nate world, Os­car never had the ac­ci­dent that left him dis­abled. The two brothers be­come friends, and Felix is wel­comed into the fam­ily that once re­jected him.

“It’s a sec­ond chance,” Bald­win said. “So it’s some­what pos­i­tive but also a lit­tle trau­matic.”

It’s a sec­ond chance for all four boys – “I can’t give away too much but peo­ple have dif­fer­ent mo­tives,” Bald­win said – and they do be­come an un­con­ven­tional team.

“They don’t click straight away but they all bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the ta­ble,” Bald­win said.

“They even­tu­ally learn each of them has prob­lems they didn’t re­alise or un­der­stand and they come to work to­gether.”

Nowhere Boys, ABC3, tonight, 6.30pm

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