EXCLUSIVE: Australian soap Out of the Blue is getting a second shot on UK television, despite slumping on the BBC earlier this year.
The Manly-based serial, commissioned by the British broadcaster, will move to Five in the UK alongside other Aussie soaps, Neighbours and Home and Away.
The lifeline for the 130-episode drama will see the show re-aired from Episode One in a bid to find a new UK audience. With an ensemble cast including Sophie Katinis, Zoe Carides, Diane Craig and John Atkinson, the plot kicks off with a murder amongst a group of 30-something friends gathered for a school reunion. Like all good Aussie soaps, it is a drips in sun, sand and surf, with a dash of mystery.
Five currently screens Neighbours and Home and Away at 1:45 / 2:15pm and 5:30 / 6:00pm.
TV Tonight understands Out of the Blue will accompany the other Aussie soaps in the later screenings, although a timeslot is not confirmed.
The Southern Star-produced drama started out well in an afternoon slot on the BBC, replacing Neighbours‘ when it moved to Five, but began losing viewers, and significantly, lost a key ally when a key television executive also left the network. It was moved to BBC Two in May where it still airs at 1pm.
TV Tonight also hears Network TEN is about to make an announcement on an Australian airing soon, once it resolves classification and local quota questions.
The Southern Star series has finished production of its commissioned series, but if it works on Five and TEN, it could pick up where it left off.
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