Five audience favourites will return to ABC TV screens in 2016 after the national broadcaster announced it had commissioned new seasons of Rake, Janet King and Dr Blake’s Murder Mysteries, alongside the previously announced return of Jack Irish and The Code.
Marta Dusseldorp will star in a second series of Janet King; Richard Roxburgh returns to the role of Cleaver Greene for a fourth series of Rake; and Guy Pearce will return in a new six-part series based on the books of top selling crime writer Peter Temple in Jack Irish: The Series.
Craig McLachlan reprises his role as the charming Dr Lucien Blake in a fourth outing of The Doctor Blake Mysteries; and Dan Spielman and Ashley Zuckerman return for a second series of political thriller, The Code.
Jack Irish and The Code will run to six episodes apiece while eight eps each will be made of Dr Blake, Rake and Janet King.
Brendan Dahill, ABC head of programming said: “This sensational line-up of proven drama titles further cements ABC’s commitment to telling challenging, authentic and entertaining Australian stories. We’re thrilled to continue working with such sterling talent and creative teams to produce quality drama that our audiences love.”
All series are set to air ont eh ABC in 2016. The ABC had previously announced Jack Irish – which is now set for a limited six episode run rather than a handful f telemovies – and The Code in its 2015 line up.
Production details are as follows:
Jack Irish: The Series starts filming in August. An Essential Media & Entertainment production. Producers Ian Collie and Andrew Knight.
The Code: Series 2 starts filming in August. A Playmaker production. Created by Shelley Birse, Producers David Maher, David Taylor, Di Haddon, Shelley Birse.
Rake: Series 4 starts filming in September. Produced by Essential Media and Blow by Blow. Producers Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh
The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Series 4 starts filming in September. A December Media production. Executive Producer Tony Wright. Produced by George Adams.
Janet King: Series 2 starts filming in October. A Screentime production. Executive Producer Greg Haddrick, Series Producer Karl Zwicky, Producer Lisa Scott.