Filming is underway in Canberra for "Austin," a delightful eight-part narrative comedy series set to grace the screens of ABC. Produced by the acclaimed team at Northern Pictures, the show features the talents of beloved UK performers Ben Miller and Sally Phillips, alongside Australian favorites Gia Carides and Roy Billing, and introduces the acting debut of Michael Theo from ABC's hit series "Love on the Spectrum."
The storyline revolves around Julian Hartswood (Ben Miller), a cherished children's author whose inadvertent social media blunder jeopardizes his career and that of his illustrator wife, Ingrid (Sally Phillips). Enter Austin (Michael Theo), Julian's neurodivergent son, previously unknown, whose unexpected arrival raises questions about redemption from cancellation and forgiveness. As Julian navigates the complexities of this unconventional family dynamic, comedic chaos ensues, with Ingrid holding the cards to his reconciliation.
ABC Head of Scripted, Rachel Okine, anticipates a delightful display of Michael Theo's comedic prowess alongside the seasoned humor of Ben Miller and Sally Phillips, promising a humorous and heartwarming international series.
Screen Australia's Head of Content, Grainne Brunsdon, lauds "Austin" for its focus on neurodiversity and acceptance, predicting laughter, joy, and heartwarming moments. The series, a testament to storytelling's power in fostering inclusivity, has received enthusiastic support.
Julie Meldal-Johnsen, EVP Global Content at ITV Studios, expresses anticipation for international audiences to immerse themselves in the touching and uplifting world of "Austin," praising its witty dialogue and emotionally resonant storyline.
Holly Trueman, CEO of Screen Canberra, expresses excitement about supporting "Austin" through various funds, emphasizing the opportunity to showcase Canberra's diverse filming locations and talented industry professionals.
Austin will air on ABC TV and ABC iview in 2024.