Written by Mark Wallington, The Man Who Lost His Head is a 2-hour, comedy drama starring Martin Clunes, on the theme of cultural repatriation. It was a joint production for TVNZ in New Zealand and ITV in the United Kingdom. It was first broadcast on Sunday 26 August 2007 at 9pm on ITV1 in Britain and 8:30pm on TV ONE in New Zealand.
The show was recorded entirely on location in New Zealand. The action took place in the fictional town of Otakataka, but was in fact mostly filmed on the West Coast of the North Island, around Huia and Bethells Beach.