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South Australian comedy drama Aftertaste returns for seconds on ABC
25 November 2021
South Australian made comedy drama Aftertaste by Adelaide’s Closer Productions is set to return for season two in 2022, the ABC has announced today.
Announced as part of the ABC’s 2022 Upfronts Showcase event today, the six episode return series of Aftertaste will once again feature Erik Thomson as chef Easton West, whose newly content existence out of the public eye is shattered by the return of his niece Diana (Natalie Abbott), back in Adelaide and flaunting her successful career and love life in London. But both must put their troubles aside when the past throws the West family into more chaos than ever.
Aftertaste is a Closer production in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers are Rebecca Summerton and Erik Thomson, with Co-Producer Matthew Bate and Executive Producers Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer is Rebecca Anderson. Writers and creators are Julie De Fina and Matthew Bate, with Matt Vesely as Writer. International Distribution by ABC Commercial.
Aftertaste season one premiered to critical acclaim in February, after filming across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills in mid-2020, making history as the first major production to shoot in South Australia after the global shutdown caused by COVID-19.
Producer Rebecca Summerton said: “We are thrilled to be working with the ABC and South Australian Film Corporation on the second season of Aftertaste. We can’t wait to film with our incredible cast and stellar crew in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and to entertain audiences with the next chapter of Easton, Diana and the West family in 2022.”
Three already announced South Australian children’s series were also featured in today’s ABC Upfronts announcement as highlights of the broadcaster’s 2022 line-up:
- International Emmy award winning children’s series First Day, from Epic Films and KOJO Studios, returns for season two starring transgender actor Evie Macdonald as transgender student Hannah Bradford navigating her second year of high school, where she battles her insecurities around dating whilst being in the public spotlight. But when Hannah realises she has the opportunity to help a trans friend on his own journey she quickly takes it, even though it will make her more of a target.
- New puppet-based children’s series Beep and Mort from Windmill Pictures, the first studio program for children made in South Australia for over a decade. Based on Windmill’s award-winning theatre show Beep, this new series tells the story of two best friends from different worlds, solving their daily dilemmas and unexpected challenges through invention, play and adventure.
- Adrenaline thumping 10-part childrens’ motocross series, Maverix, which follows a group of junior riders that make up the first intake of the MaveriX Motocross Academy.
SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of Closer Productions’ Aftertaste for a second season, and celebrate the continuation of this wonderful home-grown ABC primetime comedy commission. The SAFC is proud to continue our partnership with the ABC in delivering high-quality South Australian made television content throughout 2022, including three exciting new childrens’ series – Beep and Mort from Windmill Pictures, motocross adventure series Maverix and season two of the International Emmy Award winning First Day from Epic Films and KOJO Studios.”
Check out first-look previews of Beep and Mort and Maverix below.