New Chris Lilley series begins production

20 February, 2013 by Brendan Swift

Chris Lilley has begun production on a new comedy TV series with the same team behind We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

The (as yet untitled) ABC six-part half-hour comedy series is being produced by Princess Pictures and Lilley and will air later this year.


Lilley rocketed to international prominence by portraying several characters in We Can Be Heroes in 2005. His two follow-up series followed a similar format and have, in total, sold more than 1 million copies on DVD.

“I've never been more excited about shooting a show," Lilley said in a statement. "I really like this one. Can't wait for fans to see it."

The new series is a co-production between the ABC and HBO, and has been pre-sold to BBC Three in the UK.

"BBC Three audiences absolutely love Chris's comedies," BBC Three controller Zai Bennett said. "Both Summer Heights High and Angry Boys were incredibly well received and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us next."

ABC1 channel controller, Brendan Dahill, said: “Chris and the Princess Pictures team have consistently proved that they know how to deliver quality content. ABC1 is proud to once again bring a new Chris Lilley series to air in a new era of TV where audiences consume television in so many different ways, as was demonstrated by the outstanding success Angry Boys enjoyed across multiple platforms.”

Angry Boys attracted a record 1.4 million views on ABC’s iview time-shift platform, according to the ABC.