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Penny on M.A.R.S.
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Created by Beatrice Valsecchi
Written by
  • Beatrice Valsecchi
  • Fabrizio Lucherini
  • Giacomo Berdini
  • Angelo Pastore
Directed by Claudio Norza
  • Olivia-Mai Barrett
  • Shannon Gaskin
  • Finlay MacMillan
  • Damien Walsh
  • Luke Walsh
  • Olivia Chan
  • Jessica Alexander
  • Ryan Dean
Theme music composer Giordano Cremona, Federico Mercuri, Marco Sissa and Colin Paul Buffet
Opening theme We are the M.A.R.S
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Nadia Grippiolo, Lucio Wilson
Producer(s) Piero Crispino
Production location(s) Milan, Italy
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • 3Zero2
  • The Walt Disney Company Italy
Original network Disney Channel (Italy)
Rai Gulp
Disney+ (Italy)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07) – July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Preceded by Alex & Co. (2015-2017)

Penny on M.A.R.S. is an Italian teen dramedy television series that premiered on Disney Channel in Italy on May 7, 2018. The series is a spin-off of the Italian series Alex & Co. The series is commissioned by 3Zero2 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Company Italy. The series premiered on June 4, 2018 on Disney Channel in the United Kingdom. On April 2018, the series was renewed for a second season. The second season began premiering on 18 February, 2019, in the United Kingdom. The show’s third and final season premiered on 17 February, 2020, in the United Kingdom.


Penny passes the auditions to enter the M.A.R.S. high school, one of the most exclusive performing arts schools in the world. The M.A.R.S. has strict rules and is very competitive, Penny and her schoolmates have to pass a daily test. But Penny is special, she has a secret that must keep over all: she is the daughter of Bakìa, one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, who has managed to make nobody know about her daughter by enrolling her in a boarding school in Switzerland so that she could have a "normal" childhood and not hinder her career.

Now Penny is growing up and wants to follow her dream: attending the M.A.R.S. together with Camilla, her best friend, and finally live like all the girls of her age. That's why she signs up for the M.A.R.S. with a fake name, she wants to test her talent and make it by herself without having to deal with her mother's cumbersome success.

The only one at the M.A.R.S. who knows her real identity is Camilla. They are like sisters and nothing can separate them, or that's what they thought until they fall in love with the same boy at school, the charming Sebastian. And while she follows her dream, Penny will also have a mystery to solve: finding out who her father is.


List of Penny on M.A.R.S. episodes



Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3
Penny Mendez Olivia-Mai Barrett Protagonist
Camilla Young Shannon Gaskin Main Co-Protagonist
Sebastian Storm Finlay MacMillan Protagonist Co-Protagonist
Sofia Hu Olivia Chan Co-Protagonsit
Nick Weber Damien Walsh Co-Protagonist Recurring Does not appear
Mike Weber Does not appear Co-Protagonist Does not appear
Luke Walsh Co-Protagonist Does not appear Co-Protagonist
Aleksandr "Sasha" Lukin Ryan Dean Co-Antagonist Co-Protagonist
Lucy Carpenter Jessica Alexander Antagonist Does not appear
Tom Lauder Jack Christou Does not appear Co-Antagonist Co-Protagonist
Pete Swanson Giacomo Vigo Does not appear Co-Protagonist
Rob Walker Keenan Munn-Francis Does not appear Protagonist
Vicky Bernhard Kira Malou Does not appear Co-Protagonist
Martha Patel Amani Lia Does not appear Antagonist


Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3
Freddy Wolf Ben Richards Recurring
Bakìa Merissa Porter Recurring
Debbie Cornish Hanna Hefner Recurring
Raul Storm Joseph Rye Recurring Does not appear
Mitch Storm Charlie Gardner Recurring Does not appear
Bruce Gold Michael Rodgers Recurring
Roberto Piccolo William Kenning Recurring
Sean McDougal Alton Terry / Yonv Joseph Recurring
Ella Johnson Nathalie Rapti Gomez Recurring
Tosca Bauer Melanie Gray Recurring
Arianna Rossi Arianna Di Claudio Guest
Mrs. Grady Giorgia Massetti Guest Does not appear
Lisa Cunningham Katie McGovern Guest Does not appear
Andrew Young Douglas Dean Guest Does not appear
Mr. Carpenter Andrea Scarduzio Guest Does not appear
Mrs. Carpenter Cecilia Gragnani Guest Does not appear
Head physician Mauro Cipriani Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Mr. Maki Yoon Coon Cometti Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Dave Marshal Leonardo Ferrari Does not appear Guest
Adrian Glaser Andrea Beruatto Does not appear Guest
Simo Ferrari Asya Rotella Does not appear Guest
Mr. Richter Timothy Martin Does not appear Guest


In April 2017, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company Italy planned to produce an English language spin-off from the successful series Alex & Co. The start of shooting for the 17-part first season was planned for Autumn 2017. Penny on M.A.R.S. was produced in English instead of Italian because it was believed that the series could be sold better internationally. The characters Penny, Camilla, Bakìa and Freddy Wolf from Penny on M.A.R.S. had performances in the special episodes (the last episodes) of Alex & Co., in which the spin-off series was introduced. On June 29, 2017, the spin-off series after the last episode of Alex & Co. was officially announced in a teaser, thereby also announcing the title Penny on M.A.R.S..

The first table read for the first season was on September 20, 2017. Shooting for the first season began on September 28, 2017 and ended on December 15, 2017. The shooting took place in Milan and the surrounding area. The backdrop of the Music Arts Reiner School (short M.A.R.S.) is the building of the design department of the Bovisa's headquarters of the Polytechnic University of Milan.


The first album from the series was released on May 4, 2016 in Italy. It contains the following list of songs:

No. Title Length
1. "We Are the M.A.R.S." (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Ryan Dean) 3:00
2. "Rain and Shine" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Shannon Gaskin) 3:14
3. "Nobody's Perfect" (Merissa Porter) 3:16
4. "Never Doubt I Love" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan) 3:40
5. "So Sure" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan) 3:24
6. "Rain and Shine - Ci sarò, ci sarai" (Federica Carta & Olivia-Mai Barrett) 3:14
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