Paper Dolls: Australian Original series lands on Paramount+

The show follows five aspiring singers who are thrust into the spotlight in pursuit of pop-stardom and fame. 

The first three episodes of the Paramount+ Australian original series Paper Dolls are available to stream now, with new episodes of the eight-episode season arriving weekly on Sundays.

Set at the turn of the century, the show follows five aspiring singers who are thrust into the spotlight in pursuit of pop-stardom and fame. 

As per the series blurb: ‘Never far from the watchful eye of the cameras, fans and critics, HARLOW is born out of music reality television show Pop Rush, redefining pop culture in the process. However, the five young women must navigate the dark side of a glamorous industry determined to commodify them.’

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The show’s ensemble cast includes Emma Booth (Glitch), Emalia (Australian Gangster), Naomi Sequeira (Evermoor Chronicles), Miah Madden (Redfern Now), Courtney Clarke (Last King of The Cross) and Courtney Monsma (Frozen the Musical), Thomas Cocquerel (The Gilded Age) and Ditch Davey (Spartacus).

Based on an original concept created by Belinda Chapple, Paper Dolls was created and written by Ainslie Clouston (Amazing Grace), with writers David Hannam (Darby and Joan), Marieke Hardy (Heartbreak High), Jenna Purcell, Sara Khan (Heartbreak High) and Thomas Wilson-White (Heartbreak High).

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The show is directed by Tenika Smith (The Heights), Nina Buxton (Summer Love) and Erin White (Wellmania), produced by Jessica Carrera (Seriously Red) and Kerrie Mainwaring (Bali 2002), executive produced by Mark Fennessy (Last King of The Cross) and Belinda Chapple, and Sophia Mogford (Paramount+) with Alexander Pettaras and Jenna Purcell as associate producers.  

The show joins a host of other Paramount+ Australian original series, including NCIS: SydneyOne NightLast King Of The Cross, The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) JokersThe Betoota Advocate Presents, The Secrets She KeepsFive Bedrooms, Spreadsheet, More Than This, Couples Therapy, The Bridge and Undressed.

Paper Dolls is currently streaming on Paramount+.

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites