The ABC kids series ITCH has commenced filming its second season in Western Australia. Based on the characters created in the award-winning books by popular British broadcaster and author Simon Mayo, ITCH follows the adventures of Itchingham Lofte (played by Curtin University theatre arts student Samuel Ireland), a teenager obsessed by science, who pursues the unusual hobby of collecting all the elements on the Periodic Table. In the first season, Itch got his hands on a new, previously unknown element, but was pursued by a malevolent teacher, the government and an evil corporation. He had to draw on his science know-how to stay one step ahead of his adversaries. Next season, Itch and his friends are excited to spend their summer holiday by the beach but are shocked when dead fish begin washing up on the shores of the fictional town of Seaburgh after a boat explosion. They suspect foul play involving evil corporation Greencorp, but as the authorities ignore their concerns it is left to Itch and his friends to uncover the truth for themselves. In their efforts to keep the water safe, they make a discovery that threatens Seaburgh with devastation. The ten-part live-action adventure series is filmed in Albany and Perth and has also been acquired by international channels such as CBBC in the UK and BYU in the US. Also returning this season are producer Amanda Morrison, writer/producer Melanie Halsall, writers Heather Wilson and Jessica Brookman and director Nicholas Verso. Director Tenika Smith (The Heights) and writers Craig Irvin (Nowhere Boys), Rhys Graham, Ceinwen Langley (Neighbours) and Dan Berlinka will be back as well. ABC head of children’s production Libbie Doherty said the next season would deliver more of the “high octane adventure full of twists and turns, shocks and betrayals, that speaks to the passion Australian kids have for the environment”. “The world class production values will deliver complex storytelling, an all-Australian cast and epic WA locations that honour the sophisticated viewing habits of young Australian audiences,” she said. “ITCH Series 2 is the first ABC Children’s drama to head into production since COVID and we are thrilled to be working again with the original cast and West Australian crews.” Kommix Entertainment is the production company behind the series. Its head of global production and managing director Amanda Morrison said ITCH had enjoyed a “fantastic reception” world-wide. “Our BYUtv (US) audience, where ITCH is currently broadcasting, are loving the action-packed on-screen adventure and unique West Australian landscapes, and we are anticipating our UK launch with the BBC,” she said. “We will be building on the universal themes of science and environmentalism in series two, which will again be produced entirely out of WA; celebrating the talent of our local industry, and showcasing the Great Southern and Peel regions to audiences across the world.” Screenwest’s chief executive Willie Rowe said the show provided significant job opportunities for West Australians. “We are thrilled that through the support of Screenwest and the Western Australian Regional Film Fund our Great Southern and Peel regions will be showcased on screen,” he said.