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The Heights to become a new UK favourite on the BBC

BBC One has acquired the first two series of the critically-acclaimed Western Australian serial drama The Heights, with the first series confirmed to begin in a daytime slot on 15 June and the second series coming later this year.

Produced by NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures, in association with For Pete’s Sake Productions, The Heights explores the relationships, work and hurdles faced by six families living in a tower block in a rapidly gentrifying inner-city district.

The series boasted an impressive crew and cast members from Western Australia which filmed each season at the ABC East Perth Studios and surrounding suburbs. UK audiences will be able to look forward to witnessing a little slice of Western Australia later this week!

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak, said, “This slice of life from the melting pot that is urban Australia is loaded with humour and drama and quickly draws you into the very diverse lives of its characters. Daytime viewers love drama with compelling storytelling at its heart and The Heights does that brilliantly.”

Alastair McKinnon, Managing Director, Matchbox Pictures, added: “Australian viewers have taken the diverse mix of families living in Arcadia Heights to their hearts and we are enormously proud of the show. With British viewers’ undoubted enthusiasm for Australian soap operas, we feel very excited about the potential for The Heights on BBC One.”

Willie Rowe, CEO of Screenwest explained, “We are thrilled UK audiences will now have the opportunity to view both seasons of this incredible Western Australian project. Screenwest’s support of the program wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of the State Government of Western Australia through Lotterywest and we hope the series will drive some screen tourism for WA.”

The Heights was created at Matchbox Pictures by Warren Clarke (Mustangs FC), who also serves as Showrunner, and Co-Creator Que Minh Luu. The show is produced by Peta Astbury-Bulsara (The Marriage of Figaro) and executive produced by Debbie Lee for Matchbox Pictures and Sally Riley and Que Minh Luu for the ABC.

The show was developed and produced with the assistance of the ABC, in association with Screenwest, Screen Australia, Lotterywest and NBCUniversal International Studios, which is a part of NBCUniversal Content Studios. The Heights is produced in Perth and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.


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