Production on the new 6 x 30 min comedy series This Christmas started this week.
How does an unsentimental family get through the most sentimental time of year?
We visit the lovably dysfunctional Moody family, once a year, as they come together to share this universally celebrated holiday, stuffed full of all the fun, ﬁghts, bad gifts, boring uncles, overbearing in-laws, shocking family secrets and bizarre eccentricities that any family who’s experienced the melting pot of Christmas Day will relate to.
Currently shooting in Sydney, each episode is set a year apart, as we follow Dan (Ian Meadows) visiting home every year at Christmas, to be with the family he ran halfway across the world to escape.
ABC TV Head of Comedy Debbie Lee said: “Phil and Trent’s idea for This Christmas was a standout from the start. Christmas is a time ripe for comic picking and the series promises to be both oddly familiar and deliciously funny with our fantastic cast and crew set to bring the Moody family to life.”
Set to air on ABC1 in the lead up to Christmas 2012, This Christmas is a Jungleboys production in association with ABC TV and Screen NSW. The series was created and written by the multi‐AFI Award-winning team behind the critically acclaimed comedy series Review with Myles Barlow, Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd. Directed by Trent O’Donnell (The Chaser’s War On Everything, Review With Myles Barlow, Laid, Woodley), it will be produced by Andy Walker (Woodley, Laid, Satisfaction), co-produced by Phil Lloyd, and executive produced by Jungleboys’ Jason Burrows and ABC TV ‘s Debbie Lee.
It stars Ian Meadows (Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo), Patrick Brammall (Hawke), Danny Adcock (Jesters), Tina Bursill (Offspring), Guy Edmonds (Underbelly: Razor), Darren Gilshenan (Chandon Pictures), Rachel Gordon (Blue Heelers), Jane Harber (Offspring), and creator/writer Phil Lloyd (At Home With Julia).