BBC Three bags Romper Stomper series
James R | On 19, Jan 2018
BBC Three has bagged the UK rights to Australian series Romper Stomper.
The six-part contemporary thriller is set 25 years on from Geoffrey Wright’s acclaimed 1992 film of the same name and follows a new generation of far right activists, the anti-fascist counterparts who intend to bring them down, and its impact on today’s multicultural society.
Wright returns for the spin-off to tell a fast-paced new story, with none other than David Wenham (Lion, Lord of the Rings) leading a cast that includes Lachy Hulme (Howzat!), Sophie Lowe (The Beautiful Lie) , Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Nicole Chamoun (Ronny Chieng: International Student), Julian Maroun (Cleverman), and Toby Wallace (Boys in the Trees). Dan Wyllie (Love My Way) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400) will reprise their roles from the original film.
The whole series is written and directed by Wright, alongside director Daina Reid (The Secret River), writer/director James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse), and writers Omar Musa and Malcolm Knox.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: “It’s a real thrill to make BBC Three Romper Stomper’s UK home. This is bold, compelling storytelling featuring some of Australia’s most renowned talent alongside an array of exceptional up and coming actors.”
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, adds: “Romper Stomper is vibrant, thought-provoking television that will grip audiences and ask intelligent, relevant questions about the world today. We’re very excited for BBC Three viewers to see it.”
BBC Three’s deal with DCD Rights follows the show’s record-breaking launch on Australian streaming service Stan. It will air on BBC Three later this year.
Episode 1 of Romper Stomper premieres on BBC iPlayer on Thursday 10th May.