TV Tonight hears whispers that much-loved Aussie drama SeaChange is under consideration for a reboot.
Two networks are rumoured to have made offers to ITV Studios Australia to bring the show back in a new form. The show created by Andrew Knight and Deb Cox ran for 3 seasons on ABC from 1998 under Artist Services. Granada Media inherited the rights in a buyout before a rebranding as ITV Studios Australia.
The quirky, feelgood series was a runaway hit for ABC with a knockout cast including Sigrid Thornton, David Wenham, William McInnes, John Howard, Tom Long, and Kerry Armstrong and a host of supporting and guest stars including Mark Mitchell, Shaun Micallef, Kate Atkinson and Kevin Harrington. Its sensational Sunday night ratings created headaches for commercial networks.
Capturing lightning in a bottle a second time will not come easily, but Wentworth has proven reinvention can work with Australian audiences, even with iconic source material.
Coincidentally this week ABC Chairman Justin Milne, in referring to ABC funding cuts said, “This would likely spell the end for popular programming such as Four Corners, Australian Story, Gruen or Sea Change because, the argument goes, these programs could be produced by commercial media and taxpayers would save millions.”