EXCLUSIVE: After a tumultuous week for the ABC week at last some good news, courtesy of its Drama department.
ABC has announced a renewal for Janet King and officially confirmed the return of The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Rake. Previously announced titles The Code and Jack Irish are also back in production this year.
Favourite stars are also returning including Marta Dusseldorp in a second series of Janet King, Richard Roxburgh for a fourth series of Rake and Guy Pearce now in a new six-part series based on the books of Peter Temple in Jack Irish: The Series.
Craig McLachlan is also back for a fourth turn as Dr Lucien Blake while Dan Spielman and Ashley Zuckerman both return for the second instalment of The Code.
Carole Sklan, ABC Head of Fiction says: “ABC TV is very happy to be able to bring back this collection of hugely entertaining, favourite dramas. They feature such a wonderful, eclectic mix of indelible characters.”
Brendan Dahill, ABC Head of Programming says: “This sensational line-up of proven drama titles further cements ABC’s commitment to telling challenging, authentic and entertaining Australian stories. We’re thrilled to continue working with such sterling talent and creative teams to produce quality drama that our audiences love.”
Janet King: Series 2 commences filming in October. A Screentime production.
Executive Producer Greg Haddrick, Series Producer Karl Zwicky, Producer Lisa Scott. (8 x 60min)
Rake: Series 4 commences filming in September. Produced by Essential Media and Blow by Blow. Producers Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh (8 x 60min)
Jack Irish: The Series commences filming in August. An Essential Media & Entertainment production. Producers Ian Collie and Andrew Knight. (6 x 60min)
The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Series 4 commences filming in September. A December Media production. Executive Producer Tony Wright. Produced by GeorgeAdams. (8 x 60min)
The Code: Series 2 commences filming in August. A Playmaker production. Created by Shelley Birse, Producers David Maher, David Taylor, Di Haddon, Shelley Birse. (6 x 60min).