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Australian production company Gristmill will begin production on new comedy series Back in Very Small Business for the ABC, after securing investment from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Gristmill co founders Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler 12 Oct 2017Starring Wayne Hope and Kim Gyngell, the series will revive the world of Don Angel, first introduced to ABC audiences in 2008 with Very Small Business.

Back in Very Small Business finds Don (Wayne Hope) at the helm of the World Wide Business Group (WWBG), where he and his business partner Ray (Kim Gyngell), have found success in their Don’s Dirty Dog Wash franchise. Encompassing five other small businesses, the WWBG is staffed by an ethnically diverse, gender fluid, psychologically fragile menagerie, all hired on Government subsidies.

The 8x27’ episode series will be produced, executive produced and written by creators and Gristmill co-founders Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler, with the later also directing. Greg Sitch and the ABC’s Rick Kalowski are also executive producers, and Gary McCaffrie completes the writing team.

“We’re extremely excited to be making Back in Very Small Business and we really hope there is room in the world for one more bombastic, emotionally stunted, shonky guy called Don,” said Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler.

Jenni Tosi, CEO, Film Victoria, added: “We’re delighted to partner with the ABC to see the return of Don Angel, Australia’s most inept businessman, for Back in Very Small Business. As leading producers of comedy for audiences and screens of all sizes, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope will once again bring the sharp, satirical and laugh-out-loud funny moments for this Melbourne-grown comedy and we look forward to its return.”

Filming on Back in Very Small Business is scheduled to begin in December, with the programme set to air in 2018 on ABC.