Prime Video announces Top End Bub series

Miranda Tapsell & Gwilym Lee begin a new chapter in a new romantic comedy series, following from 2019 hit Top End Wedding.

A new romantic comedy series, following from 2019 hit Top End Wedding has been announced for Prime Video.

Top End Bub sees Miranda Tapsell (Love Child,  The Artful Dodger, The Sapphires), Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Great) return to lead the cast.

The new eight-part series is created, executive produced and written by Joshua Tyler and Miranda Tapsell, the writers of the film Top End Wedding, and produced by Goalpost Pictures.

The series will film in The Northern Territory and Adelaide and will launch will be distributed internationally by ZDF Studios. Goalpost Pictures’ Rosemary Blight is Executive Producer, and the series will be directed by Christiaan Van Vuurren and Shari Sebbens.

“Prime Video are proud to be bringing back the beloved, hilarious and heart-warming characters of Top End Wedding with the television spin off Top End Bub for Prime members in Australia and New Zealand,” says Sarah Christie, senior development executive at Amazon MGM Studios.

“Miranda Tapsell and Joshua Tyler have created a series that speaks straight to the heart, and celebrates the messiness and beauty of family, love and community. We are thrilled to be working with them, along with producers Goalpost Pictures and directors Christian van Vuurren and Shari Sebbens in capturing the stunning and uniquely Australian world of the Top End”.

Miranda Tapsell said: “Words can’t describe how excited I am to bring Lauren, Ned and the Top End back to your screens! We all love a happy ending but, what happens after happily ever after? We can’t wait for you to find out!”

Joshua Tyler said: “It has been fun to dive back into the world of Top End Wedding, a world that means so much to us and to our audience. A romantic setting full of funny characters who face heartbreaking challenges in heart-warming ways. I am thrilled to be collaborating with such an incredible team.

Screen Australia Chief Operating Officer, Grainne Brunsdon said: “Top End Bub is going to be a truly special show, full of wit, warmth, resilience and above all love. We are absolutely delighted to support this beautiful story crafted by Miranda, Joshua and the Goalpost Pictures team, which will undoubtedly recapture the magic that took Top End Wedding to global success.”

Yi Qiao, Director Drama, ZDF Studios, said: “Top End Bub is an absolutely charming addition to our slate. Viewers will enjoy the sharp and funny observations of two city slickers woefully adjusting to life in the Outback, surrounded by Lauren’s vast family and a host of colourful characters.”

Filming will commence in May.

Top End Bub picks up with Lauren, a dynamic Indigenous lawyer ticking off life goals in Adelaide. She’s married to Ned, a handsome husband who makes fresh croissant. What else could a person need? After Lauren’s eight-year-old niece becomes an orphan, the show follows the couple reluctantly abandoning their big city goals and moving to the Top End (where the Outback meets the tropics) to raise the child. While Lauren and Ned juggle the responsibility of becoming unexpected parents and try to keep their marriage together, Lauren must come to terms with her responsibilities within her culture as she transforms from an individualist to the linchpin of her family.

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