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Bri­tish stars Down Un­der

MAR­RIED Bri­tish ac­tors Dougray Scott (right) and Claire For­lani, along with Aussies Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake, have landed the lead roles in a new drama from the pro­duc­ers of Un­der­belly. Film­ing has be­gun in Syd­ney on the four-hour mini-se­ries False Wit­ness, set against a back­drop of in­ter­na­tional ten­sion and bick­er­ing intelligence agen­cies. Scott plays a Bri­tish diplo­mat brought to Aus­tralia un­der the in­ter­na­tional wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gram and For­lani plays his wife. The drama for UKTV was writ­ten by Ro­nan Glen­nane, Nell Green­wood and Peter Gawler for Screen­time. Greg Had­drick is the pro­ducer and Peter An­drikidis is di­rect­ing.

Love an­other way

WITH a sec­ond se­ries of the Show­time drama Sat­is­fac­tion poised to start film­ing, the pay-TV chan­nel is now cast­ing a sec­ond Melbourne drama se­ries, this one from the creators of Love My Way. Love My Way star Clau­dia Kar­van (above) will not ap­pear in the new drama. She will be star­ring in Saved, a twohour drama for SBS, from di­rec­tor Tony Ayres. Kar­van plays a mar­ried wo­man who falls pas­sion­ately in love with a young Ira­nian refugee she saves from de­ten­tion.

Shift­ing Border

CHAN­NEL 7 has sold its hit ob­ser­va­tional doco se­ries Border Se­cu­rity to the US, with the ABC net­work com­mis­sion­ing 11 episodes look­ing at its home­land se­cu­rity ser­vices. Border Se­cu­rity USA will be based on the Aus­tralian ver­sion, and takes in sev­eral agen­cies in­clud­ing the US Coast Guard, the Se­cret Ser­vices, Cus­toms and the Border Pa­trol. Seven is ex­pected to screen the US se­ries af­ter it airs there.

Hosts shift into Gear

AF­TER an in­ten­sive na­tional search, SBS has named its hosts for Top Gear Aus­tralia. Jump­ing be­hind the wheel are UK-based mo­tor­ing com­men­ta­tor and for­mer race driver Char­lie Cox, car­toon­ist and mo­tor­ing colum­nist War­ren Brown and Melbourne driv­ing in­struc­tor and race driver Steve Piz­zati. The se­ries goes into pro­duc­tion soon. AUSSIE ac­tor Matt Day (left), who has just fin­ished shoot­ing the Melbourne fea­ture My Year With­out Sex, pops up this month on the fifth sea­son of Spooks, which is fi­nally screen­ing on the ABC. Day plays agent Neil Sternin, but, judg­ing by the char­ac­ter’s early be­hav­iour, he’s not go­ing to last long. Day also has a guest role in Chan­nel 9’s forth­com­ing drama Se­cret Diary of a Call Girl, star­ring Bil­lie Piper. IT SEEMS their test­ing has paid off, with news that Melbourne pro­duc­tion com­pany Work­ing Dog will go ahead with its latest idea, a six-part com­edy se­ries for the ABC. The Hollowmen is a po­lit­i­cal com­edy/drama based on the work­ings of a think tank set up by the Prime Min­is­ter to ad­vise on a long-term pol­icy vi­sion. Sound familiar? ABC di­rec­tor of television Kim Dal­ton says fans of Work­ing Dog’s hit me­dia-in­dus­try com­edy Front­line will love The Hollowmen. Cast­ing has started for the se­ries, which will be filmed in Melbourne and Can­berra.

Day’s Spooks de­but

Dog hard at work

Robin bobbin’ up in SVU

ROBIN Wil­liams’ re­turn to the small screen will be a long way from his comedic television de­but as the love­able alien Mork in the 1970s. The Os­car-win­ning ac­tor guest stars in to­mor­row’s episode of Law & Or­der: SVU. SVU ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Neal Baer says one of the show’s stars, Richard Belzer, pulled a few strings to get Wil­liams to play the role in the 200th episode. Wil­liams ap­pears as an au­dio en­gi­neer who has a prob­lem with author­ity and ma­nip­u­lates peo­ple to do his dirty work.

ER wind­ing up

THE fi­nal se­ries of iconic med­i­cal drama ER is in pro­duc­tion, with ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David Za­bel hop­ing to nail an im­pres­sive list of guest stars. Noah Wyle (left) has said he’ll reprise his role as Dr Carter for four episodes, but we’re still wait­ing to hear whether Ju­lianna Mar­gulies and Ge­orge Clooney will re­turn. THE ABC has an­nounced a new con­cept for ABC Kids Television. In Es­cape from Scor­pion Is­land, 16 Bri­tish and Aus­tralian kids aged be­tween 11 and 14 are ma­rooned on an ex­otic is­land and com­pete in teams to be the first to con­quer the is­land and learn how to es­cape from it. Af­ter a call for con­tes­tants a fort­night ago, there have been more than 21,000 web views and more than 10,000 en­try­form down­loads.The first se­ries of Es­cape from Scor­pion Is­land was filmed in Brazil and was pro­duced by UK-based me­dia group RDF for the BBC. The next two se­ries will be filmed back to back in Aus­tralia. Es­cape from Scor­pion Is­land is an RDF Me­dia/Free­hand pro­duc­tion for BBC and ABC-TV.

Kids scram­ble to be ma­rooned

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