BBC picks up second season of ACTF hit series "Hardball" for the UK

"Hardball 2" will screen on the BBC’s children’s channel CBBC and be available on BBC iPlayer, following the success of Season 1.

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The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) announces that "Hardball 2" will screen on the BBC’s children’s channel CBBC and be available on BBC iPlayer, following the success of Season 1.

"Hardball 1", produced by Northern Pictures, won over audiences across Australia when it debuted on ABC ME in 2019 and has won multiple accolades both at home and overseas, including an International Emmy Award – the only Australian recipient in 2020.

"Hardball 2" was also being picked up in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Canada and South Africa, and it has also been selected to screen and compete at the 38th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in November.



ACTF Executive Producer, Bernadette O’Mahony said: “It’s wonderful to see that audiences right across the globe love this warm and funny series as much as we do. 'Hardball' is full of clever and engaging storylines and hilarious new characters, and now UK fans will have the opportunity to follow the hilarious new exploits of Mikey, Tiffany, Salwa and Jerry in Season 2.”

"Hardball" is a fish-out-of-water live-action comedy which tells the story of Mikey, who moves from New Zealand to Western Sydney and finds himself in the thick of the ultra-competitive world of schoolyard handball. The series is distributed worldwide by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, and it was produced by Northern Pictures with production funding from Screen Australia, Create NSW and the ACTF for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.