Upper Middle Bogan

Upper Middle Bogan is an Australian television comedy program created by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. It began screening on ABC on 15 August 2013. The series is directed by Hope and Tony Martin. Upper Middle Bogan was renewed for a second series of eight episodes, which began airing from 16 October 2014.[1] Series 3 of the show aired in 2016.

Upper Middle Bogan
Created by
Written by
Directed by
  • Wayne Hope
  • Tony Martin
Opening theme"Comin' Home Baby" by Mel Tormé
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Wayne Hope
  • Robyn Butler
Production location(s)Melbourne, Australia
CinematographyDan Maxwell
Editor(s)Chris Branagan
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time26–28 minutes
Production company(s)Gristmill
DistributorABC TV
Original networkABC
Picture format576i (SDTV) & 1080i (HDTV)
Original release15 August 2013 (2013-08-15) 
30 November 2016 (2016-11-30)
External links
Production website


Upper Middle Bogan follows the story of two different families connected by blood. Bess Denyar is a doctor who lives in a nice house in an inner city suburb of Melbourne with her architect husband Danny and 13-year-old twins Oscar and Edwina. Bess is stunned when she finds out from blood test results that she is adopted. This occurs when her overbearing posh mother Margaret is admitted to the hospital for high blood sugar levels. Bess tries to meet her birth parents, Wayne and Julie Wheeler. She is shocked to learn that she has three siblings (Amber, Kayne and Brianna) and that her biological family, the "bogan" Wheelers, head a drag racing team in the outer suburbs of the city.[2]

Cast and characters



Filming locations

The town house featured as Margaret Denyar's house in Upper Middle Bogan is located at Summerhill Road in Brighton East, Victoria.[3] It is used to shoot both interior and exterior scenes for the series.[3] The house was sold for $1,905,000 at an auction held on 24 May 2014.[3][4]

The house featured as the Wheeler's House is located at Saratoga Crescent in Keilor Downs, Victoria, which can be confirmed by comparing the opening scenes with Google maps earth view (see solar panels on neighbor's house). Amber's new house is at Copernicus Way. The Driving Office scenes were filmed in Gisborne, Victoria, as were the motel scenes.


Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Region 4
1 8 15 August 2013 (2013-08-15) 3 October 2013 (2013-10-03) 18 September 2013[5]
2 8 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 4 December 2014 (2014-12-04) 26 November 2014[6]
3 8 12 October 2016 (2016-10-12) 30 November 2016 (2016-11-30) 16 November 2016 [7]

International broadcasts

In the United States the show is titled Bess of Both Worlds and began streaming from 4 March 2015 on the subscription video-on-demand service Hulu.[8][9] It will be remade by CBS, with contributions by Dan O'Shannon and Todd Holland.[10] In New Zealand, the show airs Thursday nights at 10:00 pm on TV One. Episodes are available weekly to stream through TVNZ's Watch Now service.[11]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2013 AACTA Awards[12] Best Television Comedy or Light Entertainment Series Upper Middle Bogan Nominated
Best Performance in a Television Comedy Robyn Nevin Nominated
Best Screenplay in Television Series 1, Episode 5 ("No Angel") Nominated
2014 Logie Awards[13] Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program Upper Middle Bogan Nominated
AACTA Awards[14] Best Costume Design in Television Sandi Cichello Nominated
2015 Logie Awards[15] Most Outstanding Comedy Program Upper Middle Bogan Nominated
2016 AACTA Awards Best Television Comedy Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope Won

See also


  1. Knox, David (24 December 2013). "Renewed: Upper Middle Bogan". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. "ABC – Blogs – Upper Middle Bogan". abc.net.au. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. Andrews, Jon (21 May 2014). "Brighton East townhouse featured in Upper Middle Bogan television show is up for auction". Bayside Leader. Leader Community Newspapers. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. "Sold Price for 1/16 Summerhill Road Brighton East Vic 3187". realestate.com.au. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. https://shop.abc.net.au/products/upper-middle-bogan-2dvd
  6. https://shop.abc.net.au/products/upper-middle-bogan-series-2-2dvd
  7. http://www.sanity.com.au/products/2319896/Upper_Middle_Bogan_-_Series_1-3__Boxset
  8. "Bess of Both Worlds". Hulu. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  9. "Archer Season 5 & More Heading to Hulu This Month". Broadway World. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. "Upper Middle Bogan to get American makeover". abc.net.au. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  11. "Upper Middle Bogan". TVNZ. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. Knox, David (30 January 2014). "AACTA Awards 2013: Winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  13. Knox, David (27 April 2014). "Logie Awards 2014: Winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  14. Knox, David (3 December 2014). "AACTA Awards 2014: Nominations". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  15. Knox, David (22 March 2015). "Logie Awards 2015: Nominations". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
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