David Wenham to star in Dripping in Chocolate

David Wenham (Killing Time, Rake, SeaChange) leads an impressive cast in UKTV’s new telemovie, Dripping in Chocolate, which is currently shooting in Sydney.

Produced by Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran (Wild Boys, Rescue Special Ops) for Southern Star, the 90 minute drama will also feature British actress Louise Lombard (CSI, The House of Elliott), Geoff Morrell (Cloudstreet, Grass Roots), Caroline Brazier (Packed to the Rafters) and Chelsie Preston Crayford (Underbelly: Razor).

Described as “a delicious mix of love and mystery, Dripping in Chocolate is a contemporary crime drama set in the laneways of inner city Sydney. When Detective Bennett O’Mara finds a chocolate wrapper on a strangled girl, it leads him to enigmatic chocolatier Juliana Lovece. Just as this perceptive woman gets under his hardened skin, he suspects she may be at the centre of an increasing murder count.”

Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran stated: “We are extremely proud and excited to be working with BBC Worldwide. Dripping in Chocolate brings together not only an internationally renowned cast but also an exceptional director in Mark Joffe, who will collectively take viewers on a journey of intrigue and suspense”.

Director of Television for BBC Worldwide Australia Deirdre Brennan said, “It is incredibly exciting for UKTV to expand our Australian production slate with a sophisticated murder mystery, a genre that really resonates with our audience. Like the enticing, complex flavours of a boutique chocolate, Dripping in Chocolate blends great production pedigree, a fabulous international cast and a whodunit that will challenge even the most passionate mystery fan!.”

The telemovie is co-written by Smith and writer John Ridley.

Dripping in Chocolate will premiere in 2012.

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