Zahra Newman, Josh Quong Tart, Natalie Tran and stand-up comedian Geraldine Hickey have joined the cast of the fourth season of the ABC’s Rosehaven, which is now shooting in Tasmania.

Jonathan Brough and Shaun Wilson are sharing the directing duties on the eight episodes for What Horse? and Guesswork Television.

Creators/writers Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola are again producing with Andrew Walker, with Fiona McConaghy as co-producer, co-funded by Screen Tasmania and the ABC.

The new series sees best friends Daniel (McGregor) and Emma (Pacquola) finally getting into the groove of being real estate agents.

That’s until McCallum Real Estate, the only agency in town, faces competition from another agent, forcing the duo and Daniel’s formidable mother Barbara (Kris McQuade), who’s still in charge, to draw on all their skills and local knowledge.

Also returning are Sam Cotton as town bully Bruce, Noela Foxcroft as octogenarian receptionist Mrs Marsh, Katie Robertson as Daniel’s ex Grace, Kim Knuckey as Sergeant Greg, David Quirk as Emma’s ex, Damien, Anthony Morgan as town crank Phil, Mick Davies as Maddrick and Susie Youssef as op shop owner Gez.

Newman (Wentworth, Diary of an Uber Driver) plays a potential love interest of Daniel’s. YouTube star Tran is a real estate agent whom the McCallum trio meets at a convention and Hickey (Have You Been Paying Attention?) is a McCallum client whose loyalties are tested.

The ABC is keeping under wraps the character played by Josh Quong Tart (Mr Inbetween).

ABC head of comedy Rick Kalowski said: “Rosehaven is a comic gift that keeps giving, as popular as it was on debut, and even more loved now as a national institution. ABC couldn’t be prouder of this hilarious, beautiful show.”

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