Sigrid Thornton and John Howard return for SeaChange revival

'I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Pearl Bay!'
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SeaChange fans, rejoice! A revival of the hit series is on the way, with leading stars Sigrid Thornton and John Howard on board to return as Laura Gibson and Bob Jelly.

The series will be returning to the Nine Network, taking fans back to Pearl Bay twenty years after the show ended.

Original creator and head writer, Deb Cox, returns as Executive Producer alongside Sigrid, Fiona Eager and David Mott. SeaChange will commence production in 2019.

William McInnes and Sigrid in the original SeaChange

Sigrid, who starred as the series’ leading lady Laura, says she is “thrilled” to return to the beloved role.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Pearl Bay,” she says.

“Time has passed and the world has changed, so as we revisit this rich and strange place I trust we’ll all delight in the chance to explore how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. I can hardly wait.”

The actress was most recently seen portraying Sonia Stevens in prison drama series Wentworth.

“Playing a psychopath is really fun,” she tells TV WEEK. “I’m sorry to say it, but it is!”

Sigrid most recently appeared in Wentworth.

It’s currently unknown if other cast members, including David Wenham, William McInnes, Kerry Armstrong and Sigrid’s Wentworth co-star Kate Atkinson, will return.

However, it seems the series will be adding some new actors to the mix.

“Two decades after SeaChange changed the face of Australian drama, Pearl Bay is still a hotbed of romance, mateship and community spirit,” says Andy Ryan, Nine’s co-Head of Drama. “With plenty of fresh faces the new challenges, SeaChange is perfect family entertainment.

SeaChange is one of Australia’s most successful and best-loved dramas, and we’re excited to rekindle that magic for a new generation of viewers,” adds Jo Rooney, Nine’s co-Head of Drama. “The perils faced by Laura and the townsfolk of Pearl Bay are more topical than ever, and we can’t wait to see how they respond.”

William and Sigrid in the original SeaChange.

We can’t wait for our return to Pearl Bay! Stay tuned for more updates.

Entertainment on Nine in 2019

The Nine Network has released its entertainment line-up for 2019, and there are some exciting new additions rounding out the list, as well as a few old favourites making a return.

A revival of the beloved Australian drama SeaChange is in the works, along with the introduction of exciting new drama series Bad Mothers. Also new to the network is Lego Masters with host Hamish Blake, a new cutting-edge documentary crime series Murder, Lies and Alibis, and US medical drama, New Amsterdam.

Sir David Attenborough will present a five-part landmark series called Dynasties, and BBC-produced documentary ABBA: Let The Music Speak will also air.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee will return with another action-packed adventure, with Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday.

Returning to the network are a variety of shows, including Married at First Sight, The Block, The Voice, Australian Ninja Warrior, Family Food Fight, Love Island Australia, Doctor Doctor, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Travel Guides, This Time Next Year, 20 to One, Paramedics, RBT, Australian Crime Stories, World of Dance, Millionaire Hot Seat, Talking Married and Getaway.

There’s also a selection of must-see television events including Hay Mate (a drought relief concert for the farmers), the Aria Awards, Carols by Candlelight, and our personal favourite, The 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards live from The Star on the Gold Coast.

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