Claudia Karvan says the Stan Original Series Bump is subversive storytelling, not just a comfort show.

Claudia Karvan would prefer that you didn’t call the Stan Original Series Bump just a ‘nice family show’.

The Australian series premiered in 2021 and told the story of a high-achieving inner-city high school student named Oly (played by Nathalie Morris) who, after experiencing some severe stomach pains at school, gives birth to a daughter after not realising that she was pregnant. 

The baby’s father Santi (played by Carlos Sanson Jnr) was initially a one-night stand for Oly, but while working to raise their daughter together and finish high-school, the two new parents quickly fell in love.

In the series Claudia Karvan, who co-created Bump with Kelsey Munro, plays Oly’s mother Angie. A high school teacher in the throes of going through a marriage separation and finding new love, while also being pulled back into the intensity of new motherhood via her daughter and new granddaughter. Right at the moment she had started to carve out a new life for herself.  

Now in its fourth season, the characters of Bump have experienced a few time jumps and Jacinda, the surprise baby in question, is now in primary school while her parents navigate the adult world away from school and university.

Speaking to Mamamia during the filming of season four in Sydney, Claudia explained why she sees the series as a subversive form of storytelling, even though it has long been hailed as cosy family comfort watch. 

I mentioned to her that there’s a familiarity to Bump, which drops a new season like clockwork every festive season. It’s a series tied to memories of family holidays and always devouring the first few episodes on Boxing Day in between helping yourself to the Christmas leftovers.