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Miranda Tapsell and The Great’s Gwilym Lee back in Darwin as Top End Bub commences production

Clare RigdenThe West Australian
Miranda Tapsell and Gwilym Lee are reprising thier roles in Top End Bub.
Camera IconMiranda Tapsell and Gwilym Lee are reprising thier roles in Top End Bub. Credit: John Platt/Supplied

Production has commenced for Prime Video’s new eight-part tv drama, Top End Bub, which sees writer and creator Miranda Tapsell and The Great’s Gwilym Lee return to continue the story of newlyweds Lauren and Ned.

Cameras are currently rolling in Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, before heading to Adelaide in a few weeks’ time.

Tapsell and Lee were first introduced to movie-goers via the hit 2019 film, Top End Wedding.

Tapsell, who grew up in Darwin, says she is thrilled to be returning to the Top End to continue Lauren’s story.

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“Being on set with this wonderful team and cast is inspiring,” she said.

“We’ve all been working on this for so long, so ‘finally’ being in production is like a fire in the belly.

“We are here, we are doing it and I just couldn’t be prouder!”

Returning to reprise their roles are film favourites Ursula Yovich and Huw Higginson, who play Lauren’s parents Daffy and Trevor, Shari Sebbens as Ronelle, Elaine Crombie as Dana and Tracy Mann as Ned’s mum.

Joining the cast as regulars are Rob Collins (who made a brief appearance in the 2019 film as a priest), Brooke Satchwell, Guy Simon, Clarence Ryan and Gladys-May Kelly playing ‘Bub,’ the young girl at the centre of the story.

Top End Bub is created, written and executive produced by Miranda Tapsell and Joshua Tyler, the duo behind the AACTA award-winning film, and picks up some years after the events of the film.

“After Lauren’s eight-year-old niece is orphaned, the show follows the couple reluctantly abandoning their big-city goals and moving to the Top End to raise the child,” an official release reads.

“While Lauren and Ned juggle the responsibility of becoming unexpected parents and try to keep their marriage together, Lauren must come to terms with her responsibilities within her culture as she transforms from an individualist to the linchpin of her family.”

The series, which will hit screens in 2025, is produced by Goalpost Pictures and is Executive Produced by Rosemary Blight, with Christian Van Vuuren and Shari Sebbens directing.

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