Darren McMullen, Pia Miranda lead Fremantle’s ‘Heat’ for Network 10, Channel 5

From left: Matia Marks, Darren McMullen, Pia Miranda and Jane Allsop. (Image: Adam Haddrick)

Production will commence this month on a new premium drama from Fremantle set against the backdrop of a looming Australian bushfire season.

Darren McMullen, Pia Miranda, Jane Allsop, and the UK’s Danny Dyer lead the cast of Heat, a four-part action thriller co-commissioned by Network 10 and Channel 5 that follows two families and long-time friends as they venture to a secluded home for a summer vacation.

As secrets and lies unravel, it becomes a tinderbox – and not everyone will make it out alive.  

The cast also includes Olympia Valance, Richie Morris, and newcomers Matia Marks, Matteo Annetta, and Hunter Hayden.

Fremantle’s Jason Herbison created the series, and writes alongside Anthony Ellis and Margaret Wilson.

Kate Kendall will direct the episodes, while Natalie Mandel on board as producer. 

Herbison, who also helmed the upcoming Network 10 and Channel 5 miniseries Riptide and was an executive producer on Neighbours, was pleased to have another opportunity to work with the broadcasters.

“I’m excited to partner with 10 and 5 once again for this tense family thriller, and ecstatic to have such an accomplished cast on board to bring it to life, along with Kate Kendall directing and Natalie Mandel driving the production,” he said. 

Paramount ANZ senior vice president for content and programming Daniel Monaghan said they couldn’t wait to get started.

“We are thrilled to team up with Channel 5 and Fremantle once again, for another superb drama series,” he said.

“The accomplished cast is fantastic, and they will do a sensational job of bringing this gripping story to life on screen.”  

Heat will shoot in Victoria with investment from VicScreen.