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External Forces

Episode 1
Thu, February 09, 2017
695,000 viewers (7th)
Written by Belinda Chayko
Directed by Jennifer Leacey

After more than a decade of battling to help the less fortunate, Josephine Newton's (Claudia Karvan) suburban solicitor's practice is burnt down by a disgruntled client. Her old Uni friend and admirer Lewis Hughes (Toby Schmitz) persuades her to leave her lame ducks behind and resume her briefly glorious career at the Bar.

Josephine's husband, Callum (Brett Tucker), has failed to deliver on his promise to stop disappearing to far-flung corners of the Earth in pursuit of his various causes so she can have her turn at a career, and they're in the throes of separation. Her daughter, Lydia (Ella Newton), is fifteen years old and blames her mother for everything. Josephine can't see how her domestic life can get much worse — so what does she have to lose by going back to the Bar?

Unfortunately, Josephine finds it's not so easy to leave her entourage behind. Her clutch of ex-clients turned employees are reliant on her. When she discovers a former car wash in the basement is up for lease, the serendipity seems too perfect to ignore and Newton's Legal is reincarnated as Chatterjee & Chatterjee Solicitors. Josephine's former paralegal, Helena (Georgina Naidu), is reluctantly elevated to Solicitor in Charge and she is free to pursue her new life upstairs — with her old life only a lift-ride away.


  • Claudia Karvan as Josephine Newton
  • Toby Schmitz as Lewis Hughes
  • Brett Tucker as Callum Docker
  • Georgina Naidu as Helena Chatterjee
  • Sean Keenan as Johnny Allbright
  • Andrew McFarlane as Eric Whitley
  • Jane Hall as Jackie Russo
  • Freya Stafford as Rose Newton
  • Grant Piro as Sgt. Robert Malouf
  • Ming-Zhu Huii as Claire Zhang
  • Will Ewing as Craig Allen
  • Ella Newton as Lydia Newton-Docker
  • Makwaya Musudi as Zareb Mulumba
  • Alice Ansara as Carla Sennett
  • Roy Barker as Patrick Buckley
  • Kay Keighery as Patty
  • Brian Nankervis as Ian Ludlow
  • Jason Agius as Nikos Aristides
  • Maria Theodorakis as Magistrate Donaldson
  • Neil Melville as Justice Elvin
  • Melanie Beddie as Maeve Kelly
  • Ana Mitsikas as Detective Bonney
  • Chris Van Ingen as Gabe Buckley
  • Jason Buckley as Gordon Buckley