Five shows we’re watching this December

December 2023

After starting the month on a high note, providing traffic management and HVM services for Santa, the CATO crew is feeling festive and getting into the Christmas spirit this December! 

Last Thursday CATO locked down the road for Santa’s sleigh ride at the official Christmas tree Lighting event in Martin Place. We worked collaboratively with our client City of Sydney and were greeted with a guest appearance from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore. It’s certainly not every day that you get to stop traffic for such exciting VIPs!

To continue the festivities, CATO also provided Traffic and Security services for the Camden Council Christmas Festival, the City of Sydney Christmas Concerts, and Fairfield City Council’s Christmas in Fairfield. 

Now, with the bulk of Christmas events wrapped up for the year, the CATO Crew are looking forward to a restful break before launching into 2024. To get ready for the approaching holiday, we’ve put it to a vote at CATO HQ and ranked the top five shows we are most excited to watch this December. Cue the popcorn, Christmas cocktails and lots of couch time…

5. The Artful Dodger

Perfect for: Period-piece lovers and literature fans

Adapted from Charles Dickens’s famous novel Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger is set in 1850s Australia and has already been met with outstanding reviews. Released at the end of November, the first season features eight episodes and is available to watch on Disney+. 

CATO are proud to have provided Unit, Traffic Management and Security for the Curio Pictures production. 

You can watch The Artful Dodger here

4. NCIS Sydney

Perfect for: Crime and drama enthusiasts

NCIS fans rejoice! The much-loved crime drama series has come down under and the latest season is set right in our own backyard. With Sydney icons such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House featuring as the backdrop, NCIS Sydney puts an Australian twist on the staple US series. This season, the Australian AFP is seen working alongside NCIS to solve a new case in each episode. NCIS Sydney was also released earlier in November and is available to watch on Paramount+ now. 

You can watch NCIS Sydney here. 

3. Bump, Season 4

Perfect for: Everyone

The successful Australian series Bump is returning for its fourth season and will premiere this year on the 26th of December. Releasing right in time for Boxing Day, you can bet that we’ll be binge-watching Bump S4 curled up on the couch and recovering from our Christmas day food comas. Perfect for everyone to watch together, the Stan family drama features Aussie favourites Claudia Karvin and Angus Sampson, as well as new up-and-comers Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson Jr. Fun Fact: CATO has worked on all four seasons of Bump!

You can watch Bump S4 here.

2. Paper Dolls

Perfect for: Music lovers

Paper Dolls, the highly anticipated new series from Helium Pictures, was released earlier this week on December 3. Since working on-location with the crew earlier in the year, we’ve been eagerly awaiting Paper Doll’s premier and can’t wait to see the finished product. Following five up-and-coming singers on their rise to fame, the eight-episode drama series features all the glitz and glamour of the early 2000s pop scene. Read more about our work on Paper Dolls here. 

You can watch Paper Dolls here.

1. Strife

Perfect for: Aussie media buffs

Released yesterday on Binge, the CATO team have voted Strife as the series which we are most excited to watch this December! Based on her 2017 memoir, Strife is a girl-boss comedic-drama following the growth of Mia Freedman’s successful online media outlet Mamamia. The series stars audience favourites such as Asher Keddie and Jonathan LaPaglia, and is produced by award winning production company Made Up Stories. CATO have previously collaborated with Made Up Stories on numerous projects, such as Nine Perfect Strangers, Pieces of Her, Wolf Like Me S1, Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, and more. For Strife, CATO provided a variety of services including Unit, Traffic Management, Security and Production Vehicle Hire

You can watch Strife here.

December TV Series: Paper Dolls; Strife; The Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger TV Series on Disney
NCIS Sydney TV Series on Paramount Plus
Bump TV Series on Stan
Paper Dolls TV Series on Paramount Plus

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