29 JUL 2020

BBC ACQUIRES ACTF'S COMEDY SERIES "HARDBALL"

The sale of the title to the public broadcaster follows the recent sales to France, Norway, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Portugal, Slovenia, and South Africa.

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BBC has acquired UK rights to the award-winning comedy series "Hardball" from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF)   for screening on its children’s channel CBBC.

"Hardball" will also be seen on France Televisions (France), NRK (Norway), RTE (Ireland), TVO (Canada), TFO (Canada), TVB (Hong Kong), RTP (Portugal), RTV (Slovenia), and SABC (South Africa) following earlier ACTF sales.

ACTF Executive Producer, Bernadette O’Mahony said: “It’s great to see the success of 'Hardball' across the world and to know that kids in the UK are now also going to enjoy this funny and delightful series. I’m sure they are going to love the warmth and craziness of the gang from Block Street Primary School as much as Australian kids have”.

"Hardball" - Series 2 will be in production in the second half of 2020 with delivery in early 2021 and is distributed worldwide by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

"Hardball" premiered in Australia on ABC ME in 2019 and has gone on to win multiple awards, including the 7-10 Fiction category at this year’s Prix Jeunesse, the Children and Youth: Fiction category at the 2020 BANFF World Media Festival Rockie Awards, and Episode 1: ‘Across the Ditch’ was awarded First Prize from the Professional Jury for Best Live Action Television Production at the 36th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Produced by Northern Pictures in association with Screen Australia, Create NSW, and the ACTF, "Hardball" is a fresh live-action comedy. When Mikey moves from New Zealand to Western Sydney, he finds himself in the thick of the ultra-competitive, schoolyard game of handball. After saving a kid on the playground from a wayward ball and finding he has the most powerful strike in the world, Mikey is befriended by Jerry and Salwa, who join forces to train him to become a weapon of precision and skill - equipped to topple resident king of the court, Tiffany, and take home the Western Suburbs handball crown - if only he could make the ball land in the right suburb!