Production is underway on the second season of RFDS extension in Broken Hill, which premieres on Seven later this year.
Based on real-life stories of doctors, nurses, pilots and support personnel of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, season two picks up a year after Eliza (Emma Hamilton) left Broken Hill behind.
A lot has changed, with the lives a RFDS extension The southeast is advancing at a rapid pace. The determined team will face some of their toughest challenges to date – in the air, on the ground, with each other and within themselves – against the isolation, beauty and brutality of the outback.
The returning cast also includes Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Five Bedrooms, The Newsreader), Rob Collins (total control, The cowherd’s wife), Justine Clarke (To go to the countryside, The time of our lives), Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Force of Nature: The Dry 2), Jack Scott (Hardball, Joe versus Carole), Sofia Nolan (At home and away from home), Rodney Afif (Ali’s wedding, Lucky Miles), Ash Hodgkinson (Heartbreak High) and Thomas Weatherall (High heartbreak, Blue).
In the cast this year is Emma Harvie (Colin of Accounts, Frayed) as Chaya, a charismatic mental health nurse.
Seven Network Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, said: “The best part of my day is seeing the dailies arrive for the new season of RFDS extension. Watching this stellar cast bring these wonderful Australian stories to life is such a joy and I can’t wait for Australia to fall in love with this show all over again.”
Endemol Shine Australia Executive Producer and Head of Scripted Sara Richardson said: “It is such a joy to return to Broken Hill and its community for Season 2 of RFDS extension. It is an enormous privilege to tell regional stories that are the very soul of Australia, with scripts that have been crafted by the outstanding Ian Meadows and his incredibly talented writing team.
“We are honored to bring back our sensational cast and crew to showcase the powerful work of real-life heroes with heart, humor and gripping action.”
Screen Australia Head of Content Grainne Brunsdon said: “Returning with an exceptionally strong creative team, Season 2 of RFDS extension will once again bring to life exciting storylines with authentic and complex characters, showcasing regional parts of Australia rarely seen on screen. I am confident that Season 2 will continue to engage and entertain audiences across Australia and beyond.”
RFDS is produced by Endemol Shine Australia Head of Scripted Sara Richardson, Imogen Banks (Kindling) and Julie McGauran for Seven. RFDS is produced by Ian Meadows (Upright) and Ross Allsop (The Artful Dodger) and directed by Jeremy Sims (Last Cab To Darwin), Rachel Ward (Rake) and Adrian Russell Wills (The Warriors). Season 2 is written by Ian Meadows, with additional writers including Claire Phillips (Offspring), Magda Wozniak (Bad Behavior), Kodie Bedford (Mystery Road) and Adrian Russell Wills.
RFDS is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Seven Network. Major production investment by Screen Australia in association with Seven Network. Funded with support from Screen NSW. Banijay Rights handles international distribution for RFDS outside Australia.