ImageNetwork 10 will launch an animated spin-off to CJZ’s My Life Is Murder tomorrow on 10 Play, My Name Is Captain Thunderbolt (Sometimes).

The six-episode series is based on a cat named Captain Thunderbolt, who wanders into the apartment of Alexa Crowe – the lead character in My Life Is Murder, played by Lucy Lawless – and takes up residence. Captain Thunderbolt appears in the television series. In the animated series, he has become a private detective, investigating Alexa’s life to decide if he should stay with her.

Written by Network 10’s digital editor Liz Galinovic and My Life Is Murder script editor Hannah Fitzpatrick, it is the first animated series made for Network 10’s digital platform.

Network 10 developed the series in partnership with the University of Newcastle’s animation school to enable a group of recent graduates to work on the project and bring Captain Thunderbolt to life.

Network 10 head of drama Rick Maier said: “Captain Thunderbolt is clearly a star going places. Not only deserving of a show in his own right, this also helps us defray the significant cost of his management, entourage, Winnebago and extensive backstage rider. This is a series for lovers of mystery and/or man’s second best friend.”

Ten-part series My Life Is Murder is currently airing on Network 10. It stars a Lawless as Crowe, a private investigator and former homicide detective whose insights into the darker quirks of human nature enable her to provoke and push felons’ right and wrong buttons as she unravels the truth behind baffling and bizarre crimes. Bernard Curry is her former colleague and long-time friend Detective Inspector Kieran Hussey, and Ebony Vagulans is the bubbly, sarcastic, ambitious Madison, who works as a data analyst for the police. It also stars Danielle Cormack, Don Hany, Lisa Hensley, Magda Szubanski, Nadine Garner, Ryan Corr and Dilruk Jayasinha.

DCD Rights pre-sold the series to Acorn TV in the US, and last week it was announced that UKTV has picked up the show for its crime drama channel Alibi.

My Name Is Captain Thunderbolt (Sometimes) will be available at www.10play.com.au/mylifeismurder from tomorrow July 24.