Out of the Blue, it’s a new Aussie soap!
The Sydney-based series will be set in a resort in Manly and opens with a group of friends in their 30s returning to their hometown for a reunion.
It will be made by Southern Star Entertainment (Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, Blue Water High) and written by a former executive producer of Home and Away.
The BBC has ordered 130 half-hour eps, expected to replace Neighbours which will move to Five next year. Production will commence early next year.
“This is an ambitious project that we think will break new ground, at the same time as providing daytime audiences with a compelling and intriguing watch,” said BBC fiction controller Jane Tranter.
Southern Star’s Hugh Mars said that the new soap will be “full of life, contemporary and very broad in its appeal.”
It would be an extraordinary move if the funding has come entirely from the BBC. So far, no funding for the drama appears on the website of NSW’s Film and Television Office. No Australian network has been mentioned as part of the announcement. Network TEN has been known to be looking for a new Aussie drama, with Neighbours slipping and potentially jeopardising TEN’s local quota points should it disappear. The network recently missed out on The Young Doctors to Nine.
“This is an ambitious project that we think will break new ground,” said BBC fiction controller Jane Tranter.
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