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Love Child alums Jessica Marais and Mandy McElhinney to star in Nine's new series Bad Mothers

The new show sounds SO captivating!

Love Child fans, rejoice! Two of your favourite stars from the hit series are reuniting for Nine's new Australian drama series for 2019, Bad Mothers.

Jessica Marais, who won the Most Popular Actress award at the TV WEEK Logie Awards overnight, and Mandy McElhinney are both on board to star in the upcoming series.

They'll be joined by Shalom Brune-Franklin (Doctor Doctor, Our Girl) and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek, Wonderland).

*Love Child* alums Jessica Marais and Mandy McElhinney.
Love Child alums Jessica Marais and Mandy McElhinney.

The Nine Network and Screen Australia shared the announcement today.

"Some mothers are perfect with a beautiful home and the perfect family but sometimes behind that pristine picket fence, there's a world of dirty little secrets," their statement reveals.

The show promises to be a thrilling ride, with suspicion and danger lurking around every corner as four very different mother's lives collide.

TV WEEK Logie Award winner Jessica Marais.
TV WEEK Logie Award winner Jessica Marais.

From the makers of Here Come the Habibs, the new ensemble drama will comprise of eight episodes and is due to begin filming in Melbourne in October later this year.

Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney, Nine's Co-Heads of Drama, offered some further insight to the series' plot.

"When the going gets tough, our Bad Mothers will stick together. Whether they're juggling the highs and lows of parenthood, careers, love and even murder, Australia's new best friends lead the way with charm, smarts, and a shameless bad attitude."

Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia adds,"It's fantastic to see some of Australia's strongest TV writers coming on board for this female-led ensemble piece. Writers Rachel Lang, Sarah Walker, Gavin Strawhan and Phil Lloyd have created a genuine and relatable script about the challenges of modern parenthood, with humour and heart.

"We're particularly excited to see production company Jungle carry out their first one-hour format series, and with the track record of the writers and producers working on this project, we have no doubt Bad Mothers will be one of 2019's must see new series."

Could Bad Mothers be Australia's answer to Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's Emmy Award-winning drama Big Little Lies? It certainly sounds every bit as mysterious!

The show's announcement is welcome news for fans of Jessica, whose series' The Wrong Girl and Love Child have both wrapped up.

After being awarded the Most Popular Actress Logie last night, Jess took to Instagram to thank her fans for their support of both shows.

"To everyone who watched, made, and supported Love Child and The Wrong Girl... my eternal gratitude," she wrote on Instagram.

Congratulations to Jessica, and the entire team, on the new series - we can't wait to watch.

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