Filming is now underway on a new ABC comedy series, Upper Middle Bogan.
The eight part series about two families living at opposite ends of the freeway comes from Gristmill’s Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. Unlike their previous series The Librarians and Very Small Business), this time neither will star.
The cast features Glenn Robbins (Kath & Kim, Russell Coight), Robyn Nevin (The Castle, The Matrix), Annie Maynard (Paper Giants), Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune), Patrick Brammall (Lowdown, This Christmas), Michala Banas (Beaconsfield, Winners and Losers) and Lara Robinson (Cloudstreet).
According to a press release, “When Bess Denyar, a doctor with a posh mother, an architect husband and twin 13-year-olds at a private school, finds out that she is adopted, she is stunned, but even more so when she meets her birth parents – Wayne and Julie Wheeler. If that’s not enough to digest, Bess also discovers that she has siblings – Amber, Kayne and Brianna. The Wheelers head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs, and are thrilled to discover the daughter they thought they had lost.”
Wayne Hope says “Although I think Top Fuel drag racing is a brilliant setting for a comedy series, the races do only last for 4.8 seconds, so I still need another 27 odd minutes to fill an episode. Hopefully Robyn has an idea for that bit.”
Robyn Butler added,“Wayne mentioned drag racing and I immediately thought: Robyn Nevin! I’m pretty sure now the rest of the show will write itself.”
ABC TV Executive Producer Debbie Lee said, “Robyn and Wayne have once again created original, entertaining and extremely funny characters that inhabit two very different worlds. We are thrilled to be able to share their turbo charged lives with our audience next year.”
Directed by Wayne Hope and Tony Martin, Upper Middle Bogan is filmed on location between Brighton and the Calder Raceway in Melbourne over the next seven weeks.
It will screen on ABC1 in 2013.