It’s been sometime coming and there’s some big expectations on the return of one of Chris Lilley’s most famous characters, but Ja’mie will surely be up to the task. This should be a lot of fun. From the press release:
After months of speculation and rumour, ABC TV is pleased to confirm that Australia’s favourite bitch is back… schoolgirl Ja’mie King will return to the small screen in a new series by Australian writer and performer Chris Lilley.
Revealed on ABC TV’s social media channels today, the six-part half-hour comedy series will air later this year on both ABC and HBO. Today’s announcement capped off a week where fans flocked to guess who they thought would be back on screen after a series of cryptic videos featuring previous identities were released online.
The series, Ja’mie: Private School Girl, follows Ja’mie in her final year of school, seeing her far removed from the hallowed grounds of Summer Heights High and back on the lush manicured lawns of Hillford Girls Grammar School.
The series, co-produced by Chris Lilley and Princess Pictures in association with ABC TV in Australia and HBO in the US, will also screen on BBC Three in the UK and follows Ja’mie as she experiences her last few weeks of school and the series of events that will change her life forever. Creator Chris Lilley, said: “I find teenage girls endlessly funny. So being able to write for and play the meanest bitch in school has been so fun. I can’t wait to show everyone what Ja’mie’s been up to.”
ABC1 Channel Controller, Brendan Dahill, said: “Ja’mie King is easily one of the most cunning characters in a school uniform we’ve ever seen. I know viewers will enjoy keeping up with the high drama, high-pace life of a teenage girl going through the motions of finishing school.”
Keep up-to-date with Ja’mie: Private School Girl updates on Twitter and Instagram via @jamieschoolgirl and at Facebook.com/jamieschoolgirl
I loved We Can Be Heroes, and Summer Heights High was pretty great, but by the time Angry Boys came along, for me, the Chris Lilley shine had started to wear off. I’m wondering if this will be funny, but just five years too late.
I expect this will unfortunately be the “Kath and Kimderella” of Chris Lilley’s career. Well made, well written, but everyone has forgotten why it was funny in the first place or how much they loved it.
Hi Daniel – I completely understand what you’re saying and desperately hope you’re wrong. I think Lilley has a lot in him and, personally, that Angry Boys was under-appreciated. Thanks to all his past series (esp. Angry Boys) he has a lot of fans internationally and that HBO/BBC3 have co-funded this means they see the potential too. Who knows anymore… it’s all so subjective and the audience are becoming harder to read than a book written in Sanskrit.