Channel 5 series Heat starring Danny Dyer to film in Australia

The project is a collaboration between the UK broadcaster, Network 10 and Fremantle Australia

By Priyanca Rajput 7 Nov 2022

Channel 5 series Heat starring Danny Dyer to film in Australia
Dany Dyer. Credit: BBC - Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes

Filming commences this month on Channel 5, Network 10 and Fremantle Australia's action thriller series, Heat, in Victoria, Australia

The four-part series is set against the backdrop of the looming Australian bushfire season when two families who are long-time friends, venture to a secluded home for a summer vacation. As secrets and lies unravel it becomes a tinderbox – and not everyone will make it out alive.

Heat stars Eastenders' Danny Dyer and Scottish-born actor and presenter, Darren McMullen (Doctor Doctor); alongside an ensemble of Australian and international actors including: Jane Allsop (Mrs Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), Pia Miranda (Wentworth), Olympia Valance (Playing for Keeps), Richie Morris (Neighbours), and newcomers Matia Marks, Matteo Annetta and Hunter Hayden.

Speaking about the project, Danny Dyer said: “Can’t wait to get amongst this beautiful piece of work in Australia. I’ve always been intrigued about working there.  It’s my first gig since my long stint at EastEnders.  Really powerful dark script and a strong Australian cast and crew. Let’s have it!!!”

The four-part series was ordered by Channel 5’s Greg Barnett, commissioning editor of Factual Entertainment and Unscripted for Channel 5 and Paramount+. Heat is created by Fremantle Australia’s Jason Herbison, whose credits include Lie With Me.

Kate Kendall (Neighbours) is set to direct and Natalie Mandel (Lie With Me, Wanted) serves as producer.  As well as Jason, writers include Anthony Ellis and Margaret Wilson, and casting by Thea McLeod. 

Barnett said: “I’m delighted Danny is joining Channel 5 for his first major drama project post-EastEnders. Heat is a suspenseful and nail-biting thriller and I can’t wait to see him bring his great talent and energy to it.

Daniel Monaghan, SVP Content & Programming, Paramount Australia & New Zealand, said: We are thrilled to team up with Channel 5 and Fremantle once again, for another superb drama series. The accomplished cast is fantastic and they will do a sensational job of bringing this gripping story to life on screen. We can't wait to get started. 

Jason Herbison, creator and executive producer, Fremantle Australia added: “I'm excited to partner with 5 and 10 once again for this tense family thriller and ecstatic to have such an accomplished cast on board to bring it to life, along with Kate Kendall directing and Natalie Mandel driving the production.”

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