Renewed: Bay of Fires

Marta Dusseldorp returns as Stella, now juggling new problems to combat when ABC drama returns in 2025.

ABC, Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and VicScreen have formally commissioned Bay of Fires for a second season.

Marta Dusseldorp returns as Stella Heikkinen, the single mother of two, forced into witness protection and relocated to Mystery Bay – a remote Tasmanian town filled with suspicious, criminally inclined individuals. As we delve into season two, Stella sees a glimmer of hope on the horizon. No one has tried to kill her for some months, and she finds herself in a position of power, juggling an array of new problems to combat. Some old. Some new. Most, entirely her fault.

ABC Head of Scripted Rachel Okine says “Garnering a legion of fans, in 2023 Bay of Fires was ABC’s number one Australian drama series. Featuring an array of quirky characters, twisty plotlines and the stunning backdrop of the Tasmanian wilderness, we’re thrilled to be partnering once again with Marta and the teams at Archipelago and Fremantle. I can’t wait to share this new season with our audiences next year on ABC.”

Screen Australia’s Director of Content Grainne Brunsdon says, “We’re delighted to be diving back into the fiery brilliance of Bay of Fires and supporting a second season of this hugely popular series. With a stellar cast and crew at the helm, all set against the stunning scenery of north-west Tasmania — season two promises even more entertaining twists, turns and hilarious plot developments.”

Alex Sangston, Executive Manager of Screen Tasmania, says “Bay of Fires is a landmark Tasmanian series and Screen Tasmania, on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, is proud to support the production of season 2. The West Coast of Tasmania is a spectacular part of the world, and we’re delighted to be able to showcase it around the globe. We’re equally thrilled that this production will contribute so much to the Tasmanian economy and make a real impact to the community in regional Tasmania.”

VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher, says “We’re proud to support the return of AACTA nominated series Bay of Fires. The second season will continue to work with Victorian talent, both behind and in front of the camera, with over 120 Victorians working on the production. We can’t wait for audiences across the country to devour this new season.”

Joining writers Andrew Knight (The Artful Dodger, Rake, Jack Irish) and Max Dann (Siam Sunset, Spotswood, Dance Academy) are Romina Accurso (The Heights, Wellmania), Josephine Dee Barrett (Love Child, Wonderland) and Hannah Samuel (The PM’s Daughter).

The series is also nominated for Best Drama Series at this weekend’s AACTA Awards.

Season two will air in 2025.

Production credit: An Archipelago Productions and Fremantle Australia production for the ABC. Major production investment from the ABC and Screen Australia in association with Screen Tasmania and VicScreen. International sales by Fremantle. Producers: Fiona McConaghy and Marta Dusseldorp. Executive Producers: Brett Popplewell, Greg Sitch and Andrew Knight. ABC Executive Producers: Rachel Okine and Louise Smith.

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    1. I won’t spoil it, but the turnaround is almost break-neck. The first couple of episodes are very much “world-building”. By episode 4 I was got and got good.

  1. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m so glad I gave the series a second chance after not really clicking with it 2 episodes in. Delighted it’s getting a second season. Hopefully there’s a bit more delving into backstories in the new season. More than once I asked of Stephen Curry’s Francis “What the hell did you do??”

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