Production Begins on The PM’s Daughter Season Two


Fremantle Australia has begun filming the second season of the teen political comedy-drama The PM’s Daughter for ABC Australia.

Just as the prime minister’s daughter Cat Parkes Pérez settles into life at The Lodge, a new conspiracy sends her on a desperate search for truth and puts her journalism aspirations to the test. Season two is set to premiere on ABC ME next year.

The second season sees Cassandra Helmot, Natalie English, Jaga Yap (Babyteeth), Amelie James-Power, Claire Fearon, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Family Law), Gemma Bird Matheson (Neighbours, The Housemate) and Renee Lim (Please Like Me) reprise their roles. Bailey Hayward joins the cast.

Created by Tristram Baumber (The Unlisted, Born to Spy) and Matthew Allred, the second season is led by producer Tim Powell (Rock Island Mysteries) and co-producer Yingna Lu (New Gold Mountain, Love Bug). It is helmed by set-up director Julie Kalceff (First Day) alongside Lisa Matthews (Doctor Doctor). Jess Paine (The Heights, Neighbours) heads the writing team.

The Fremantle Australia production receives major production investment from Screen Australia in association with The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and is financed with support from Create NSW and Fremantle International. Executive producers are Warren Clarke and Baumber for Fremantle, Mary-Ellen Mullane for ABC and Bernadette O’Mahony for ACTF.

“We are very excited to be in production on a second The PM’s Daughter series with Cat now firmly ensconced in the Lodge with her PM mum, Isabel, surrounded by her best mates Sadie, Ollie and newcomer Alex,” said Mullane, managing editor at ABC Children’s. “There’s loads more political intrigue, super surprising teen crushes and yes, the constant challenges of teen life lived firmly and squarely in the public eye. We look forward to sharing the new series with you soon.”

Clarke said, “After the phenomenal success of the first season, we’re delighted to continue our collaboration with the ABC for a second term of The PM’s Daughter. We are once again thrilled to have a fantastic creative team who are taking the series to new heights with even more of the fun and thrills that our audience have come to love.”

Grainne Brunsdon, Screen Australia’s head of content, added, “We know Cat’s adventures proved popular with young viewers, and we’re delighted to support a second season of this fresh series. The talented creative team have done a brilliant job of crafting a smart drama that explores contemporary issues and real world politics in a fun and engaging way.”