If Australian TV lovers could have one wish right now, it would be to wind forward the clocks to 2020 when our new must-watch series The Commons will launch onto our screens.
In news that’s just as exciting as discovering a new episode of Younger has dropped, Stan and Screen Australia, in association with Create New South Wales, announced today that new Stan Original series The Commons will commence production in Sydney and its surrounds next week, before arriving on our screens next year.
The Commons is a juicy and character-driven thriller set in the very near future. It’s best described as a heady mix of relationship drama and intense mystery, all which plays out at the very intersection of climate change and the cutting edge of biotechnology.
This new series will put a personal spin on what’s at stake for both humanity and the planet in our near future and shines a light on how heroes can rise up at the very worst of times.
The eight-hour drama was created and written by showrunner Shelley Birse (The Code) and Matt Ford (House Husbands), Michael Miller (Cleverman) and Matt Cameron (Bloom) and is sure to have that unmistakable flavour of intrigue, wit and warmth that makes up a great Australian drama.
Stepping into the lead role of The Commons, is Golden Globe Winner and three-time Emmy Nominee, Joanne Froggatt. The celebrated actress is best-known for her scene-stealing performance as lady’s maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, a role she will return to later this year for the release of the highly anticipated feature film of the beloved period drama.
Also co-starring in the new drama will be Damon Herriman (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) in a supporting role.
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward, said The Commons reaffirmed Stan's position as the company at the forefront of creating original Australian productions.
“The pairing of Shelley Birse and the legendary Graham Yost is such an exciting prospect. And with actors of the caliber of Joanne Froggatt and Damon Herriman joining the cast, alongside a stellar creative team," Mr. Forward said.