Comedian Akmal Saleh will join the voice cast of The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill as Blinky’s best friend, Jacko the frill-necked lizard.
Produced by Sydney-based Flying Bark Productions, the CGI animated TV series is the latest incarnation of the iconic Aussie character following on from last year’s Blinky Bill the Movie.
The 52 x 11 minute episode series has been commissioned by Seven for its broadcast channel, 7TWO.
Produced in association with Telegael (Ireland) and Giant Wheel (India), the show is slated to air later this year.
Set a few years after the feature film, the series sees a slightly older Blinky (voiced by Cam Ralph) defending his outback home alongside the wise-cracking Jacko (Saleh).
“Following an incredibly successful theatrical release last year for Blinky Bill the Movie, we are excited to be announcing Akmal as the voice of Jacko for our new Blinky Bill television series", said Flying Bark Productions Managing Director Barbara Stephen.
"Akmal is without a doubt one of Australia’s most loved comedians and his impeccable comedic timing makes him a perfect fit for the voice of Blinky’s best mate. We are thrilled Akmal is joining us on this fresh new take of Blinky Bill, completing the comeback of Australia’s favourite koala.”