Quality cast led by a woman helms eight hours of ABC legal drama

The ABC has begun production of a new legal series which will showcase the talent of Australia’s acting talent pool.

The announcement:

Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish, Crownies) returns as Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King in the title role of the powerful new eight hour mini-series for ABC1, which begins production today.

Joining the cast are Vince Colosimo (Underbelly, The Great Gatsby) as Chief Superintendent Jack Rizzoli, and Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Brothers In Arms, The Time of Our Lives) as Owen Mitchell, a rising star prosecutor – each crucial in Janet’s campaign to expose the truth behind a shocking murder that strikes at the very heart of the justice system.

Also appearing in the compelling high stakes legal thriller are John Howard (Fury Road, Packed to the Rafters, All Saints), Sonia Todd (Rake, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters), Jessica Napier (Sea Patrol, McLeod’s Daughters), Deborah Kennedy (Rake, Laid) and Tiriel Mora (Rake, Underbelly), as well as Crownies alumni Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriades, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Indiana Evans, Jeanette Cronin, Aimee Pedersen and Lewis Fitz-Gerald.

Produced by Screentime, a member of the Banijay Group, Janet King is being series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott and co-produced by Jane Allen, with Hilary Bonney as story consultant and associate producer. Written by Greg Haddrick, Jane Allen, Kris Mrksa and Shaun Grant, Janet King is being directed by Grant Brown, Peter Andrikidis and Ian Watson. Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick are Executive Producers.

Screentime’s Executive Chairman, Des Monaghan said “Screentime is delighted that the strength of this production has attracted such an outstanding calibre of cast, to realise characters both new and returning. They will join some of this country’s most talented writers, directors and producers to bring Janet King to vibrant life on screen.”

“Marta Dusseldorp is compelling and captivating as the character, Janet King.” ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said today. “Janet returns to the DPP to confront a high-profile murder and a conspiracy which will threaten to unravel her life and everything she loves.”

Source: ABC press release

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