Bogan the write stuff for series
on the ABC’s new eight-part comedy series Upper Middle Bogan has commenced in Melbourne. The series tells the story about two families that live at opposite ends of the freeway. Created by husband and wife team Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope ( The Librarians) (pictured) and directed by Hope and Tony Martin, Upper Middle Bogan films on location between Brighton and the Calder Raceway over seven weeks. The cast includes Glenn Robbins ( Kath & Kim), Robyn Nevin ( The Castle), Annie Maynard ( Paper Giants), Robyn Malcolm ( Outrageous Fortune), Patrick Brammall ( Lowdown), Michala Banas ( Beaconsfield) and Lara Robinson ( Cloudstreet). Upper Middle Bogan follows the adventures of Bess Denyar, a doctor with a posh mother, an architect husband and twin 13-yearolds at a private school, who is surprised to learn she is adopted – even more so when she meets her birth parents Wayne and Julie Wheeler and her siblings Amber, Kayne and Brianna. The Wheelers head up a drag racing team in the suburbs and are thrilled to find the daughter they thought they had lost. ‘‘Although I think Top Fuel drag racing is a brilliant setting for a comedy series, the races do only last for 4.8 seconds, so I still need another 27-odd minutes to fill an episode,’’ says Hope. ‘‘Hopefully Robyn has an idea for that bit.’’ Butler adds: ‘‘Wayne mentioned drag racing and I immediately thought: Robyn Nevin. I’m pretty sure now the rest of the show will write itself.’’
Coming in 2013, ABC1.