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Australian comedy drama Bump acquired by the BBC

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The BBC has acquired the Australian comedy drama Bump, a 10 x 30 series about an ambitious teenage girl who has a surprise baby and the complications that arise for two families, distributed by ITV Studios for BBC One and iPlayer.

Overachieving Year 11 student Olympia (‘Oly’) Chalmers-Davis (Nathalie Morris), who knows exactly where she is going and has an ambitious 10-year plan, finds her life irrevocably changed when she collapses in agony and is stunned to discover she is in labour and the father is not her boyfriend.

Set in and around an inner-city high school and following the main characters home, Bump explores unplanned motherhood and the sudden onset of adulthood, unwelcome new relatives, and unintended consequences coupled with differing expectations of family obligations and dynamics.

The cast also features Claudia Karvan as Angie Chalmers, Angus Sampson as Dom Chalmers, Carlos Sanson Jr as Santiago Hernandez, Safia Arain as Reema, Ioane Saula as Vince, Peter Thurnwald as Lachie, Ricardo Scheihing-Vasquez as Matias Henandez and Paula Garcia as his wife, Rosa.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, says: ‘Bump is a funny, quirky, keenly observed dramedy that takes a fresh and frank look at embracing the unexpected. Viewers will really enjoy getting to know Oly and her loving but complicated relationships with family and friends’.

Bump reunites one of Australia’s most successful television producing teams in Claudia Karvan and John Edwards. Karvan and Edwards previously worked together on some of the country’s most enduring programs, Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us and Spirited. The Stan Original Series is produced by Edwards’ Roadshow Rough Diamond (Romper Stomper, Australian Gangster) with Karvan as producer, creator and lead actress. Roadshow Rough Diamond partner Dan Edwards also produces. Directors are Geoff Bennett, Gracie Otto and Leticia Cáceres and the 10 x 30-minute series is created and co-written by Kelsey Munro. Munro is joined in the writing team by Jessica Tuckwell, Timothy Lee, Mithila Gupta and Steven Arriagada. The project sees major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Stan, financed with support from Screen NSW. ITV Studios are managing international sales.