Dramas held back to 2020

Seven's new Bevan Lee drama Between Two Worlds is nudged to 2020 -and it may not be alone.

Seven’s upcoming Bevan Lee drama Between Two Worlds has been held back for a 2020 premiere.

But network sources are extremely pleased with the finished product and are considering it to kick off their year.

The high concept thriller led by UK actor, Hermione Norris (pictured, Cold Feet, Spooks, Luther), also features Philip Quast, Sara Wiseman, Aaron Jeffery and newcomers Tom Dalzell, Melanie Jarnson and Megan Hajjar.

Norris plays Cate Walford, whose relationship with vicious, business tycoon husband, Phillip, is on the ropes and sees a tempestuous home life trapped in a tangled web of lies and manipulation. Through a shocking twist of fate, this dark and murky world collides. Secrets are soon unearthed, proving nothing is quite as it first might appear.

Another Seven drama Australian Gangster, initially flagged for 2018, may also have to wait for 2020 due to legal matters. It stars Les Norton lead Alexander Bertrand.

But Seven still has new drama series Secret Bridesmaids’ Business to come this year. Based on a play by Elizabeth Coleman it stars Abbie Cornish, Katie McGrath and Georgina Haig.

Meanwhile Nine may also be holding off Season 4 of Doctor Doctor with Rodger Corser until 2020.

During the My Room Telethon this week cast addition Kate Jenkinson said “Next year on Channel Nine, I believe.”

A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight no date has been confirmed for the series.

Nine is currently filming Halifax: Retribution in Melbourne with Rebecca Gibney reprising the title role plus Anthony LaPaglia, Jessica Marais and Jacqueline McKenzie.

The local drama slate for 2019 still includes Mr. Inbetween (Foxtel), Black B*tch (ABC), Playing for Keeps (10), and Hungry Ghosts (SBS) while 10 has been filming The Secrets She Keeps.

15 Responses

  1. ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’ is confusing me as the preview seems nothing like the play or telemovie starring Helen Dalimore, Vince Colosimo & Val Lehman which certainly wasn’t a murder mystery. I think the character names are different too. Same writer. Same title. Different concepts maybe?

  2. I’m wondering what the ABC will be calling ‘Black B*tch’ as read by the voiceover person. “Coming up next, the premiere of Black…?” Or do they just say bitch. Very trivial I know.

    1. Knowing absolutely nothing about the content of the show, I wonder that the title is considered acceptable. I would have thought it was a particularly offensive insult? Maybe someone who knows the story can comment?

  3. Bad move channel 9 keeping doctor doctor until 2020 remember you did that with House Husbands and loss viewers big time then you cancelled it …..please play it this year as a loyal viewer of the show

        1. Gazzaberd. I agree it is annoying when networks hold the drama back. We are viewers of habit and it has always aired in the second half. Ch 7 did similar with City Homicide (it was never axed to my knowledge) when they were winning the ratings! I understand if they have had filming or production issues, but it just seems they want to start next year with Married and Dr Dr combo for a ratings edge? In the age of streaming, they are not encouraging viewers to stick with TV or Aussie drama!

          1. Correct Seven never axed CH .. it was always “not axed, not renewed” and now the CEO who indicated he would not let it go easy has also gone. Once sets are dismantled and cast contracts are not renewed that’s it. Only a handful have managed to turn that around.

  4. Disappointing if Doctor Doctor has been held back til next year. I’ll hold out hope that nine do air it this year. Think it’s poor they refuse to confirm or deny. Would it kill them to just say whether they plan to air it this year or not…

    1. You make a good point there. Nine were bare this year with Aussie Drama. They had Bad Mothers early in the year (8 eps) and now SeaChange. I can’t recall anything in between (any tv movies that aired??)

      A shame that Doctor Doctor is held off until next year.

  5. Kind of disappointing re: Doctor Doctor. The others doesn’t really matter given they are new, but loyal fans of DD have come to expect it in the fourth quarter.

    On a positive their has been more Australian drama to pick from this year across all networks.

    Thank you for always keeping us informed David.

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