There is some goood news from ABC this week with two favourite dramas set to return: Jack Irish and The Code.
Jack Irish will expand to a six-part series, increasing on its telemovie run, again starring Guy Pearce and in-demand actress Marta Dusseldorp, set to resume filming on A Place to Call Home.
This season, Jack Irish is offered a scam that could cost him dearly, secrets surround an unexpected romance, and his mysterious new client goes missing before he meets her. As well as a major crime story arc, the familiar endearing characters of Jack’s world remain committed to complicating Jack’s life at every turn.
Based on the novels by Peter Temple, the series is written by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. Jeffrey Walker, Jonathan Teplitzky and Daniel Nettheim will direct the series. Series producers are Ian Collie and Andrew Knight. ABC Executive Producers are Christopher Gist and Carole Sklan. An Essential Media & Entertainment production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
“Jack’s back. And aren’t we better off for it!” said producer Ian Collie. “It’s great to be working with some old familiar faces again – Guy Pearce, Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron, Andrew Anastasios, and Jeffrey Walker. Peter Temple’s Jack Irish is one of the great enduring and inspiring characters of Australian crime fiction and it is a privilege and a thrill to bring him back again in an extended series format for the ABC.”
Meanwhile thriller series The Code has won a second season, which sees Ned and Jesse Banks a little bruised by the events of a political storm but not escaping scott-free. Serious charges flung their way are just the coercive clout the Security Committee’s Nolan Daniels and his powerful allies need to conscript them into entrapping one of the most elusive players in the darknet. Jan Parke hosts an on-line bazaar of illegal weapons, drugs and dangerous ideas, and Jesse has the necessary skills to draw him out of deep hiding.
Created by Shelley Birse, the series is again directed by Shawn Seet, produced by Diane Haddon, Shelley Birse, David Maher and David Taylor, and written by Birse and Sean Cook. ABC Executive Producers are David Ogilvy, Greer Simpkin and Carole Sklan. A Playmaker production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
Playmaker’s David Taylor said, “We’re excited at the opportunity to take Ned and Jesse’s story to another level, as they delve headfirst into the underbelly of the cyber world with consequences and discoveries which affect all Australians.”
ABC Head of ABC Fiction, Carole Sklan, said, “We are delighted to be partnering again with two extraordinarily talented, award-winning creative teams in Essential Media and Playmaker. Both Jack Irish and The Code are landmark dramas that deliver hugely intriguing and exciting stories in a distinctly Australian way.”
No dates have yet been announced.