Crime drama Troppo, starring Thomas Jane and Nicole Chamoun, is set to kick off the ABC’s 2022 Australian drama slate.

Created by Yolanda Ramke and inspired by Candice Fox’s novel Crimson Lake, Troppo is set in Far North Queensland and centres on Jane’s Ted Conkaffey, a disgraced ex-cop who is recruited by an ex-con turned private investigator, Amanda Pharrell (Chamoun) to solve the disappearance of a Korean family man and tech pioneer.

Set in the wilds of tropical Far North Queensland, Troppo centres on a disgraced ex-cop Ted Conkaffey (Thomas Jane), who is recruited by an ex-con turned private investigator, Amanda Pharrell (Nicole Chamoun), to solve the disappearance of a Korean family man and tech pioneer.

From crocodile infested waters to a tech start-up’s headquarters, this unlikely pair of investigators poke their noses where they’re not wanted – much to the annoyance of the local police. As they edge closer to the truth, exposing the underbelly of the Crimson Lake community and opening old wounds, they find themselves plunged into a fight for survival.

Troppo is an EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment production in association with Renegade Entertainment. Karl Zwicky is the series producer, with executive producers Greg Quail, Lisa Duff and Simonne Overend (EQ Media Group), Mikael Borglund and David Ogilvy (Beyond Entertainment); Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz and co-EP Matt Bankston (AGC Studios); Sally Riley and Andrew Gregory (ABC); and Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn (Renegade Entertainment); and Ramke.

The script producer was Jane Allen, with writers Blake Ayshford, Penelope Chai, Kodie BedfordCraig Irvinand Andrew Lee. Jocelyn Moorhouse was the set-up director, alongside Catherine Millar, Grant Brown, and co-directors Ramke and Ben Howling. 

Major production finance comes from the ABC, AGC Studios in association with Aperture Media Partners, and Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and with support from the City of Gold Coast.

The eight-part drama will premiere February 27 at 8.30pm on ABC TV, with all episodes available to binge on ABC iview.

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