BBC acquires 'irresistably charming' Ben Miller and Sally Phillips comedy series

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10 Jul 2024, 14:59

Michael Theo as Austin with Ben Miller and Sally Phillips on the show poster

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The BBC have successfully acquired an Australian comedy series which stars Death in Paradise’s Ben Miller and Bridget Jones star Sally Phillips.

Austin, which also stars first-time actor Michael Theo of Love on the Spectrum fame as its eponymous lead, is an eight-part show focused around Miller’s character Julian Hartswood, and his relationship with Austin - the neurodivergent son he never knew he had.

When Julian’s life as a successful children’s author is turned upside down by a social media storm, the writer sees his new connection with his long-lost son as a potential way out from the cancellation which is ruining his and his wife Ingrid (Phillips)’s lives.



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As the official series synopsis teases: “Could embracing this modern nuclear family be Julian’s route back from cancellation? Will Ingrid ever forgive him? One thing is for certain: if Julian thinks Austin is going to be a pushover, he's in for a rude awakening.”

Head of programme acquisition at the BBC, Sue Deeks, praised the show for its “irresistibly charming, humorous and heart-warming” story, adding viewers "are sure to find Austin a sheer delight from start to finish".

Meanwhile Catherine Nebauer from the comedy’s production studio Northern Pictures explained how Austin features a “clever blend of British and Australian humour."

“With a stellar cast and production team, Austin has already proven to be a hit on ABC with local audiences and we can't wait to share it with the world,” she added.

Show star Ben Miller recently opened up to fans about whether he believes he would ever return to one of his most popular roles, that of DI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise.

The actor admitted he “doesn’t think” Poole will be back, as despite the killed-off character having found ways to return in the past through flashbacks from memories of other legacy characters, these opportunities shouldn’t be overused.

“I don't know…” the actor speculated, but then added: “No, I don't think I can. There's nothing you can do about coming back, which is a shame.”

Austin will air on BBC iPlayer and other BBC channels in the future.