Little stars on the rise
You know you’re in a tricky situation when you’re filming a children’s television series and your stars are growing so fast that by the time you start filming series two, they already look old enough to vote.
It’s the conundrum Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope, the creative duo behind Gristmill — as well as the phenomenally successful Upper Middle Bogan — found themselves in when asked if they could produce more episodes of their kid’s TV series, Little Lunch.
“We knew we couldn’t do a whole series, because the kids were all too big,” Butler says. “I mean, some of them already looked like they were driving. So we said, ‘what about a Christmas special?’ ”
It had been 14 months since they wrapped filming the first series.
But while their young charges were growing at speed, it’s been more of a slow and steady pace for Butler and Hope these past few weeks.
They finished editing Upper Middle Bogan in September and have now entered a planning and development phase while they wait for the go ahead on another series.
“We’d love to do more,” Butler says. “But just getting that cast back together will be super difficult, because everyone’s dance card is getting really full.”
As for Little Lunch, it looks unlikely any subsequent series will go ahead with the existing cast.
“I just can’t see it,” Butler admits. “I think we’ll be more inclined to create something new.” Watch this space.
WATCH LITTLE LUNCH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, ABC ME, FRIDAY, 6PM
Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler.