Lit­tle stars on the rise

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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.

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