AACTA award-winner Marta Dusseldorp reprises her celebrated role as series three of Janet King goes into production this week.
Established cast members Damian Walshe-Howling, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Andrea Demetriades, Anita Hegh and AACTA award nominee Hamish Michael, will be joined by Don Hany, Robert Mammone, Susie Porter, Andrew Ryan, Huw Higginson, John Bach, Steve Le Marquand, Arka Das and Adam Demos.
In an interview with this website, Dusseldorp explained why the character of Janet King had been so well embraced by viewers:
“I think they appreciate that she’s a strong, smart and sassy lady who’s not in ‘opposition’ to men. That she’s a strong lesbian woman, who isn’t defined by that, but is absolutely proud of having a family. I think they pick up on those nuances."
In the third instalment of this critically acclaimed series, Janet confronts a hornet’s nest of illegal gambling, organised crime and money laundering, while investigating the tragic death of a young sports star. What begins as a spot betting investigation soon unmasks elite professional sportsmen and women’s connection to the shadowy underbelly of performance enhancing drugs, match fixing, kickbacks and ultimately … murder.
Produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, Janet King is series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott, with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldorp as associate producers, with Greg Haddrick, ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy as executive producers. Written by Greg Haddrick, Felicity Packard, Niki Aken with Alexa Wyatt as writer/script producer, season three of Janet King is being directed by Peter Andrikidis, Grant Brown and Catherine Millar.
Screentime’s Greg Haddrick said:
“Established as a drama that tackles political, legal and social relevancies head on, this series of Janet King will delve into the world of match fixing and sports science. Marta Dusseldorp's carriage of this character is exemplary, and we are delighted that this series has attracted such a high calibre of cast to work alongside our already established characters.”
ABC TV’s Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley said:
“Janet King’s steely determination to uncover the truth will plunge audiences into the dangerous world of corruption in sport for what promises to be a thrilling third series for this iconic heroine.”
Produced in association with Screen NSW, Janet King is a Screentime, a Banijay Group company, production for ABC.