Channel Ten just released the first promos for an Aussie period drama based on the 1979 bestselling coming of age novel Puberty Blues penned by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette.
Puberty Blues is an iconic Aussie teen novel, and the first to have been written by teens, it has been read by millions across generations. I remember discussing it with my mum as a teen who had read it when she was younger. It was made into a movie in 1981 and watched by almost as many people.
And now this cult classic is about to be reborn for a new generation of viewers by Channel Ten. Production began in April for an August airing.
A stellar cast has been assembled to bring this story to a new generation including Claudia Karvan, Dan Wyllie, Susie Porter, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Susan Prior, Rodger Corser, Ashleigh Cummings, Brenna Harding, Sean Keenan, Ed Oxenbould, Charlotte Best, Katie Wall, Reef Ireland and Isabelle Cornish – between them their previous shows include Love My Way, Spirited, Bikie Wars, Home and Away, Packed To The Rafters, Underbelly and All Saints.
John Edwards and Imogen Banks of Southern Star, producers of Offspring, are producing the show with Offspring directors Glendyn Ivin and Emma Freeman.
There have been some widely publicised issues between Channel Ten and the Sutherland Shire Council in Sydney recently, regardless of these Puberty Blues will be filmed on and around Cronulla Beach, also using Caringbah High School as a location.
The adult stars of this show are widely recognised and renowned, they form an extremely solid base for the cast and for this reason alone many will tune in to check out a revamped Puberty Blues.
The new Puberty Blues will expand on the original by fleshing out the characters surrounding the young leads. Friends and family will play a much larger role in the new telling, giving a much broader picture.
It may be late 2012 but Puberty Blues will take you straight back to the 70’s. The clothes, the slang, the look, the cars – it will take you back!
I will definitely be watching out for the premiere of Puberty Blues post-Olympics on Channel Ten this August. I loved the book, enjoyed the movie and hope that Channel Ten can preserve the spirit of the original.