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Production commences on Luke McGregor & Celia Pacquola comedy Rosehaven

NewsKevin Perry

Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola
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ABC TV has confirmed production on the new eight-part comedy series Rosehaven is underway in Tasmania.

The comedy created by and starring two of Australia’s most popular comedians Tasmanian born Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola will be filmed entirely on location, with a majority Tasmanian cast and crew helping to bring Rosehaven to life.

Starring alongside Luke and Celia is a formidable, mostly Tasmanian-based comic ensemble, including: Kris McQuade (Wentworth, The Kettering Incident), Anthony Morgan (Ronny Chieng: International Student, Problems), Katie Robertson (Wanted, The Kettering Incident) and 87-year-old Noela Foxcroft in her first on-going television role. From the mainland, David Quirk (Please Like Me) also joins the cast, while Jonathan Brough (Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, It’s A Date) and Tasmanian Shaun Wilson (iview’s Noirhouse) will direct the series.

Filming starts May 9th, with the stunning town of Geeveston in the Huon Valley and the historic town of New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley, providing the key locations for the series. Rosehaven will air on ABC TV later in the year.

Luke says “It still hasn't sunk in that we're making a TV show, Celia and I have to remind each other regularly that this is actually happening. Every time I walk into the production office I expect it to be closed with a sign out the front that says 'we were just kidding’.”
Celia adds “I am so thrilled and thankful that I get to make a TV show with one of my best friends, Luke McGregor. I mean, Luke and I really should have written more scenes with us holding puppies in Hawaii or making out with movie stars but I guess we’ll try for season two.”

When Daniel McCallum (Luke McGregor), returns to his rural Tasmanian hometown, Rosehaven, to take over his family’s troubled real estate business, he’s surprisingly joined by his best (city) friend Emma (Celia Pacquola), on the run from a marriage that didn’t last the honeymoon. Between Daniel’s crippling anxiety and Emma’s exuberant irresponsibility, will they be able to save the business? It seems unlikely, but it will be fun to watch them try. And might their friendship mean more than they realise?

Production Credits: A Guesswork Television Production. Created and Written by Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola. Directed by Jonathan Brough and Shaun Wilson. Produced by Andrew Walker. Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy. Executive Producer Kevin Whyte. ABC Executive Producers Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh.