Merman Television and Guesswork Television’s comedy Frayed created by and starring Sarah Kendall will premiere on the ABC and iview on Wednesday October 16 at 9.10 pm.
The UK-based Australian comedian plays Simone Cooper, a fabulously wealthy London housewife who in 1988 is forced to return to her Newcastle hometown after her husband has a fatal attack during sex with a prostitute.
Broke, homeless and a social outcast, back home with her children (Frazer Hadfield, Maggie Ireland-Jones) she must revisit her past and the events that led her to flee as a teenager years earlier.
The ensemble cast includes Kerry Armstrong as Simone’s mother, Ben Mingay as her brother Jim, Doris Younane as Jim’s partner Bev, Matt Passmore as Dan, Simone’s high school sweetheart whom she left behind in Newcastle 20 years earlier, Diane Morgan and Robert Webb.
Nicole O’Donohue is the producer and the directors are Jennifer Leacey (Reckoning, Rake, Bite Club) and Shaun Wilson (Rosehaven, The Ex-PM).
The EPs are Merman’s Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan, Guesswork TV’s Kevin Whyte and the ABC’s Rick Kalowski and Que Minh Luu.
Kendall will return to Australia in October to promote the series following her Paper Planes show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The ABC’s first co-production with the UK’s Sky TV, Frayed premieres in the UK on Sky One and NOW TV on September 26.