BBC Worldwide Australia has confirmed that production is underway on Dripping in Chocolate, a one x 90 minute Southern Star commission for UKTV Australia and New Zealand, starring David Wenham, Louise Lombard and Geoff Morrell.
A delicious mix of love and mystery, Dripping in Chocolate is a contemporary crime drama set in the laneways of inner city Sydney. When Detective Bennett O’Mara finds a chocolate wrapper on a strangled girl, it leads him to enigmatic chocolatier Juliana Lovece. Just as this perceptive woman gets under his hardened skin, he suspects she may be at the centre of an increasing murder count.
Acclaimed Southern Star drama producers Julie McGauran and Sarah Smith are at the helm of this Australian production. Dripping in Chocolate is directed by Mark Joffe, and is written by AWGIE award-winning writer Sarah Smith and John Ridley.
Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran – Producers – Southern Star Entertainment stated: “We are extremely proud and excited to be working with BBC Worldwide. Dripping in Chocolate brings together not only an internationally renowned cast but also an exceptional director in Mark Joffe, who will collectively take viewers on a journey of intrigue and suspense”.
Director of Television for BBC Worldwide Australia Deirdre Brennan said, “It is incredibly exciting for UKTV to expand our Australian production slate with a sophisticated murder mystery, a genre that really resonates with our audience. Like the enticing, complex flavours of a boutique chocolate, Dripping in Chocolate blends great production pedigree, a fabulous international cast and a whodunit that will challenge even the most passionate mystery fan!.”
A stellar cast includes David Wenham (Australia, The Proposition, Getting’ Square) British beauty Louise Lombard (C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation, The House of Elliott), Geoff Morrell (Cloudstreet, Grass Roots), Caroline Brazier (Packed to the Rafters) and Chelsie Preston Crayford (Tilly Devine in Underbelly: Razor).
Warm and inviting, Lovece Chocolates is Juliana’s (Lombard) personal haven and a world away from the vicious murder that has been perpetrated just outside her door.
When the doorbell chimes the next morning, the damaged and detoxing Detective Bennett O’Mara (Wenham) brings the baffling case to her door. The victim is an occasional customer but the chocolates come from a special order for one of her clients – Dr Finch, an addiction psychiatrist.
When a connection is made between State Planning Minster Stuart Verger (Morrell) who determined to evict her from her beloved shop, the victim and Dr Finch; detective and chocolatier again cross paths. Who’s following whom?
With infidelity and lies rife, Juliana and Bennett must confront the demons of their past in an attempt to catch the killer and start afresh.
Dripping in Chocolate will premiere on UKTV Australia and New Zealand in 2012.