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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Screen Australia have announced production funding for a new ten-part drama series Les Norton. 

ABC Scree Australia 18Dec2018Set in 1985 and based on the best-selling novels by Robert G. Barrett., the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a country bloke from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water who’s desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.

International comedy star Rebel Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic, Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) and David Wenham (Romper Stomper, Wake in Fright, Top of the Lake) headline with the programme’s eponymous hero to be played by up-and-coming actor Alexander Bertrand (Australian Gangster, Hide & Seek).

The series will be produced by Daniel Edwards and John Edwards from production company Roadshow Rough Diamond, who produced 2017 drama series Romper Stomper and the upcoming series Australian Gangster. Create NSW joined Screen Australia and the ABC in major production investment. International sales will be by Sonar Entertainment Distribution.
“We are over the moon that Les Norton has lured such a stellar cast and creative team to bring the novels to life,” commented ABC’s Sally Riley. “Les Norton is shaping up to be an enviable addition to the ABC’s 2019 drama slate.”

Screen Australia’s head of content Sally Caplan added: “Les Norton is an affable character that has proven popular with audiences in the best-selling book series. What excites me about this TV adaptation is that the creative team have included a slew of new female roles to go head on with the male characters established in the books.”