Sarah Kendall returns to Australia for more laughs as filming commences on season two of Frayed
ABC TV and Screen Australia are proud to announce that a second season of the critically-acclaimed comedy series Frayed, written by and starring UK-based Australian comedian Sarah Kendall, has commenced filming in Sydney.
In the new 6-part season, we find Sammy (Kendall) and her kids, having made it out of Australia, living in a tiny London flat while she frantically tries to prove that her lawyer, Rufus (Robert Webb), stole her house. Barely able to make ends meet working in ‘exhaust management’ (she’s a secretary in a muffler repair shop), Sammy is desperate to find a way to reclaim her opulent London life. She must also keep her kids far away from Australia and the truth about what happened to their neighbour.
Meanwhile back down under in Newcastle, an ambitious cop heads up the missing persons case and simply does not believe Sammy’s neighbour would just disappear.
With Jim (Ben Mingay), Jean (Kerry Armstrong) and Abby (Alexandra Jensen) trying to keep their secret hidden, and con artist Bev (Doris Younane) lurking on the scene, it’s only a matter of time until Sammy is called back to be a key witness in the case.
Also reprising their roles from season one are Diane Morgan (Fiona), as well as Matt Passmore (Dan), George Houvardas (Chris), Frazer Hadfield (Lenny) and Maggie Ireland-Jones (Tess). Joining them this season are Hamish Michael (Rosehaven, Janet King), Jane Hall (Wentworth, Neighbours) and rising talent Emma Harvie (The Letdown, Diary of an Uber Driver) as Emily.
Frayed debuted on ABC TV in Australia and on Sky in the UK in October 2019. The series was nominated for five AACTA Awards and Kendall also garnered a BAFTA Television Award nomination for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.
Creator, writer and star Sarah Kendall says “I’m so excited to be home making season 2 of Frayed. The last year has been pretty grim, so we’re all really grateful for this opportunity to bring back a lot of these frankly appalling characters.”
ABC TV Head of Comedy Todd Abbott says “The first season of Frayed made Australians realise that Sarah Kendall is a true triple threat: writer, performer and fashion icon. The second season promises to make her a fully-fledged national treasure, as a stellar cast and top-shelf production team bring to life the sharp, suspenseful, audacious and flat-out funny scripts she has created.”
Executive Producer for Merman, Clelia Mountford says: “We’re delighted to be working with Sarah, the ABC and Sky to bring Frayed and its wonderfully dark humour back for a second season. Sarah’s bold writing and vibrant characterisation, combined with the cast’s fantastic performances received such deserved acclaim for season one, and we’re excited for audiences to see what’s in store as the trail of destruction continues to unfold.”
Created, and written by, and starring Sarah Kendall, Frayed is produced by Merman Television (Motherland BBC, There She Goes BBC, This Way Up C4/Hulu, Catastrophe C4/Amazon), the production company founded and run by award-winning duo Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, in association with Australia’s Guesswork Television (Rosehaven, Get Krack!n, Please Like Me) and Sky Studios. Produced by Nicole O’Donohue & directed by Shaun Wilson. Executive Producers are Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan and Kevin Whyte and for ABC, Todd Abbott.
Frayed Season 2 will film in both Australia and the UK and airs later in 2021 on ABC TV and ABC iview.
Frayed Season 2 is a Merman and Guesswork Television production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Sky Studios (UK). Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Creator and Writer: Sarah Kendall. Directed by Shaun Wilson. Producer: Nicole O’Donohue. Executive Producers: Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan and Kevin Whyte. ABC Executive Producer: Todd Abbott. International sales managed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.