So many ways of perfect – the cast has been announced for season two of It’s A Date for ABC1, due to return later this year coupled again with S02 of Upper Middle Bogan.

The series received critical praise in 2013 for delivering a comedy with heart, pathos and incredible timing. The casting was key then as now and the list of names already attached is stellar. Creator Peter Helliar surrounded himself with some of the best in the business in writers, production and cast and in the process also blooded a raft of new talent (and surprised many with the performances of many of the comedians involved). This is going to be another must watch series on our ABC in 2014. From the press release:

Roses are red, violets are blue…


returns for season two!

On the back of its breakout first season last year, ABC’s It’s A Date has started filming in Melbourne this week. The eight-part series will air later this year on ABC1.

Once again, series creator Peter Helliar has assembled an all-star cast including Lachy Hulme, Rhys Darby, Tasma Walton, Rove McManus, Shaun Micallef, Deborah Mailman, Kat Stewart, Phil Lloyd, Craig McLachlan, Vince Colosimo, Sam Simmons, Jimeoin, Susie Porter, Joel Creasey and Magda Szubanski.

Also expect the return of some of series one favourites Lisa McCune, Lawrence Mooney, Dan Wyllie, Ronnie Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Jess Harris and Emily Taheny.

But the million dollar question is “who will be dating whom?”

Peter Helliar says, “We are over the top excited to have started shooting Series 2 of It’s A Date this week for ABC TV. We look forward to bringing more awkward, beautiful, funny, sad dating scenarios; everything from a conjugal visit to the challenges of taking a date to a wedding. We look forward to catching up with some characters from series one and meeting plenty of new folk looking for love, sex, commitment and connection.”

Head of ABC TV Comedy, Rick Kalowski added, “Series 2 of It’s A Date boasts laughs and stars even bigger than Series 1. If you don’t find something to enjoy in this charming new season, you’re either dead, or the host of Media Watch”.

It’s A Date explores the tension, expectation and complication of finding true love.

Series 2 will see Peter Helliar scripting alongside some of Australia’s leading comedy writers – Phil Lloyd, Ryan Shelton, Luke McGregor, Eddie Perfect, Magda Szubanski, Celia Pacquola, Steven Gates and Roz Hammond.

Joining directors Peter Helliar and Jonathan Brough for Series 2 is up-and-coming comedy director Erin White.

Production credits: Series creator, Peter Helliar. Producers: Laura Waters and Andrea Denholm. Co-Producer, Peter Helliar. Series Producer, Paul Walton. Directed by Jonathan Brough, Erin White and Peter Helliar. ABC TV Executive Producers: Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh. A Princess Pictures Production in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria.