Network 10, Fremantle, and Channel 5 partner on new drama, Riptide


• The four-part series was created by Jason Herbison, EP of Neighbours

Network 10 and the UK’s Channel 5 have once again joined forces to co-produce Riptide, a primetime thriller to be filmed in Australia, starring Australian actors Peter O’Brien, Pia Miranda, and Ally Fowler, plus UK actor, Jo Joyner.  

Produced by Fremantle Australia, the four-part series was created by Jason Herbison, whose credits include executive producer of Neighbours and mini-series Lie With Me, which is now screening in 85 territories.

Production will start on Riptide this month with Jo Joyner, known for her roles in many UK series including EastEnders, Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators and Stay Close, in the lead role of Alison.

Joining Jo Joyner is English actor Ciaran Griffiths (Ghost Seekers, Shameless), Australian actors Peter O’Brien (Neighbours, Winter, Unusual Suspects), Ally Fowler (Neighbours, Wentworth), Pia Miranda (Mustangs FC, Wentworth), David Berry (A Place Called Home, Outlander), rising stars Benny Turland (Neighbours, Home and Away), Asher Yasbincek (The Heights), Yazeed Dahar (The Hunting, Safe Harbour) and newcomers Sonya Suares and Benjamin Samaddar.

Filmed in Melbourne, Alison’s life is plunged into despair when her new Australian husband vanishes after a morning surf. Did he get caught in a dangerous riptide, or is there more to his disappearance than meets the eye? 

The thriller will be directed by Australia Directors’ Guild Award recipient, Scott Major (Lie With Me, Neighbours) and Natalie Mandel (Lie With Me, Wanted) is on board as producer. Riptide is the first of two Fremantle Australia drama series commissioned by Channel 5 and Network 10 in 2022. Details of the second series will be released later this year.

Daniel Monaghan, SVP content and programming, Paramount Australia and New Zealand, said: “It is wonderful to be working closely with Channel 5 and Fremantle Australia on this fantastic new drama series. We have a strong and trusted relationship and have produced many stellar drama series together in the past. Riptide will continue that great partnership.” 

Jason Herbison, executive producer, Fremantle Australia added: “I’m thrilled to continue the partnership with Channel 5 and 10 and to bring Riptide to life. It’s the best of British meeting the best of Australian casts and crews – and I can’t wait for the audience to see what we have in store.”

Greg Barnett, commissioning editor, factual entertainment, unscripted, Channel 5 and Paramount+ commented: “Lie With Me proved incredibly popular with our viewers and I’m looking forward to expanding our drama slate even further, working hand in hand with our production partners Fremantle Australia and Network 10. Jo is an incredible talent, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to this role.”

Riptide will be filmed exclusively in Victoria, Australia and has received financial investment from VicScreen. Fremantle will distribute the series internationally. 

Top Image: Peter O’Brien

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