FUNNY BUSI­NESS

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UP FRONT - WORDS PENNY McLEOD

Celia Pac­quola and Tas­ma­nian co­me­dian Luke McGre­gor were film­ing a scene on the main street of Geeve­ston for TV com­edy Rose­haven when this pho­to­graph was taken.

The pair are in Tas­ma­nia to make eight new episodes for sea­son two of the ac­claimed com­edy.

“We were walk­ing to the com­mu­nity no­tice­board, which is one of the things we al­ways want in the show be­cause they’re a sta­ple of all small towns,” Pac­quola says.

In the se­cond sea­son of the se­ries, which was cre­ated by, writ­ten by and stars the cre­ative duo, Daniel (McGre­gor) has to prove he has what it takes to earn his place in the fam­ily real es­tate busi­ness, as Emma (Pac­quola) de­cides whether small-town life is re­ally for her.

McGre­gor de­scribes the on-air chem­istry be­tween the lead char­ac­ters as sim­i­lar to the bond he has with Pac­quola off set. “The char­ac­ters – and also Celia and I – have al­most a brother-sis­ter dy­namic to a cer­tain ex­tent,” he says.

“It’s fun. There’s a real will­ing­ness to go with what­ever the other throws up, which of­ten re­sults in very silly ban­ter.”

In sea­son two, au­di­ences will see more of “Daniel and Emma be­ing id­iots, and more of the char­ac­ters you know and love” in towns in­clud­ing Geeve­ston, Lon­g­ley, Rich­mond, Oat­lands, New Nor­folk and Seven Mile Beach, Pac­quola says. Sea­son two of Rose­haven will pre­miere in Aus­tralia on ABC and in the US on Sun­danceTV later this year

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