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Upper Middle Bogan begins Melbourne shoot

Filming has begun on new comedy series Upper Middle Bogan for the ABC in Melbourne.

Created by Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler, creators of The Librarians and Very Small Business, it’s an eight part comedy series set for ABC1.

The production received funding from Film Victoria in May.

Shot on location in Melbourne’s Brighton and Calder Raceway, the series is directed by Hope and Tony Martin.

Upper Middle Bogan is the story of Bess Denyar, a doctor with an architect husband and twin 13 year-olds in private school, who discovers she was adopted and her birth parents head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs.

The cast includes Glenn Robbins of Kath & Kim, Robyn Nevin of The Castle, Annie Maynard of Paper Giants, Patrick Brammall of the forthcoming series This Christmas and Lara Robinson of Cloudstreet.

ABC TV executive producer Debbie Lee said: “Robyn and Wayne have once again created original, entertaining and extremely funny characters that inhabit two very different worlds. We are thrilled to be able to share their turbo charged lives with our audience next year.”

Hope said in a statement: “Although I think Top Fuel drag racing is a brilliant setting for a comedy series, the races do only last for 4.8 seconds, so I still need another 27 odd minutes to fill an episode.  Hopefully Robyn has an idea for that bit.”

Butler added: “Wayne mentioned drag racing and I immediately thought: Robyn Nevin!  I’m pretty sure now the rest of the show will write itself.”

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