Airdate: Barracuda


ABC has announced upcoming sports drama Barracuda will air in July, in the lead up to the Olympic Games.

Based on the novel by Christos Tsolkias (The Slap), the cast includes newcomer Elias Anton, plus Matt Nable, Rachel Griffiths, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Benjamin Kindon, Andrew Creer, Victoria Haralabidou, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Rhys Mitchell, Joel Klocek, Joel Lok and Nicole Gulasekharam.

The 4 part series will air on Sunday nights from 8:40pm Sunday July 10.

The full series will also be available on iview following the premiere episode.

Melbourne 1996. The Golden Age of Australian swimming is beginning and a scholarship to an exclusive boys school brings 16-year-old Danny Kelly one step closer to his ultimate goal – winning Olympic gold.

Initially, Danny struggles to find his place in the prestigious social circles of the private boys school. However under the charge of highly regarded coach Frank Torma and a friendship / rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor, Danny is soon on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the unstoppable ‘Barracuda’.

Soon, everyone has a stake in Danny’s success and as he swims closer towards gold, he finds himself being drawn into a world where the only thing that matters is winning. When he gets his shot at victory, with all of Australia watching – can the ‘Barracuda’ live up toeveryone’s expectations and realise his dream?

Based on award-winning novelist Christos Tsiolkas’ book and adapted for television in four parts, Barracuda is a moving story about identity, obsession, desire, the dizzy heights of success and the
terrifying risk of failure.

The ABC and Screen Australia present in association with Film Victoria a Matchbox Pictures production.

Writers: Blake Ayshford, Belinda Chayko

Associate Producer: Christos Tsiolkas

Producers: Tony Ayres, Amanda Higgs

Director: Robert Connolly

ABC Executive Producers: Carole Sklan, Brett Sleigh

Sunday nights from 8:40pm July 10 on ABC.


  1. bettestreep2008

    herald – its unfair to criticise a show without watching it first. And if you read the book you will realise that it is not just about sport.

  2. Well I for one am really looking forward to it. It’s a great book with some interesting themes. I also think the ABC have scheduled this well in the lead up to the Olympics as the Sydney 2000 Olympics are such a focus of the storyline.

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