Bo­gan the write stuff for se­ries

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

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.

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