The synopsis says, “When Alex King goes to bed on the eve of his 15th birthday, he’s relieved that the last disastrous year is finally over. But when he wakes up, time has reset itself and he’s going to have to relive the worst year of his life all over again.”
A co-production between the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and Reflective Pictures, the 13-part series will be shot over 14 weeks, and introduces Ned Napier (pictured), Laurence Boxhall and Tiarnie Coupland.
The series has been created by Mark Brotherhood, and written by Mark Brotherhood, Brendan Luno, Peter Mattessi, Sam Caroll and Kirsty Fisher.
“Casting the lead roles has been key,” says Bernadette O’Mahony, Producer for the ACTF. “The production team travelled across Australia in an extensive auditioning process testing 270 young actors and we’re delighted to be working with Ned, Laurence and Tiarnie in their first long form series.”
Tim Brooke-Hunt, ABC’s Controller of Children’s Television, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with CBBC, Screen Australia and the ACTF in the financing and production of this series, which promises to deliver great comedy and physical humour to ABC3’s audience.”
Alex King (Ned Napier) has had a horrible year – humiliated by his teachers, targeted by bullies and embarrassed by attempts to impress the most popular girl in school. So when he wakes up on his birthday to discover that somehow time has reset itself, he can’t believe he must relive every miserable moment of the past 12 months once more. Until his friends Simon Birch (Laurence Boxhall) and Maddy Kent (Tiarnie Coupland) convince him he’s being offered a second chance and maybe this time round, he can get it right.
Producers are Ross Allsop (Doctor Blake Mysteries, Beaconsfield, Rush), and Bernadette O’Mahony (Mortified, Dance Academy, You’re Skitting Me, My Place). Series Directors are Pino Amenta (Winners & Losers, Packed to the Rafters, Mortified), Darren Ashton (Rush, Offspring, Thunderstruck) and John Hartley (Mako, Rush).
The series has been financed through Screen Australia, ABC TV, ACTF, Film Victoria and CBBC and will be distributed by the ACTF.
The Worst Year Of My Life, Again will screen late 2013 or early 2014.