The Newsreader: episode guide

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Episode 1.03
Sunday, August 29, 2021 (ABC, 8:30)
440,000 viewers (11th)
Written by Jonathan Gavin, Michael Lucas
Directed by Emma Freeman

Dale Jennings (Sam Reid) is a diligent young reporter, desperate to become a newsreader. Helen Norville (Anna Torv) is a notoriously ‘difficult’ star newsreader determined to build credibility. Paired together over three months, Dale and Helen will cover an extraordinary chain of news events— from the shock of the Challenger explosion, to the hype of Halley’s Comet, to the complexities of the AIDS crisis. From messy beginnings, a deep bond is formed that will upend their lives and transform the very fabric of the nightly news bulletin. This is a story of a grand, unconventional relationship in a world on the cusp of change.

When news breaks of Lindy Chamberlain's imminent release from prison, Helen, Dale and cameraman Tim fly to Darwin. But they'll face fierce competition as they fight to land the 'interview of the century'.

Cast (in order of appearance):

  • Anna Torv as Helen Norville
  • Sam Reid as Dale Jennings
  • Maude Davey as Val Jennings
  • Maria Angelico as Cheryl
  • Stephen Peacocke as Rob Rickards
  • Michelle Lim Davidson as Noelene
  • Chum Ehelepola as Dennis
  • Caroline Lee as Jean
  • Marg Downey as Evelyn Walters
  • Peter Houghton as Radio News Announcer
  • Robert Taylor as Geoff Walters
  • Bert Labonte as Gordon
  • William Mclnnes as Lindsay
  • Edwina Wren as Cathy
  • Chai Hansen as Tim Ahern
  • Robert Grubb as Dr McCormack
  • Jackson Tozer as Ross
  • Blair Venn as John Parry
  • Scott Johnson as Stuart Tipple
  • Tiana Hogben as Journo
  • Adrian Lambert as Reporter
  • Anita Cerdic-Smith as Neighbour
  • Natalie Bond as Lindy Chamberlain's Voice
  • Josephine Croft as Lindy Chamberlain
  • Dennis Coard as Mr Denis Barrett
  • Robert Menzies as Clive