The Newsreader

Season 2 promo


That set definitely has the feels of 1988 Seven Nightly News behind it. Appears Geoff is going to do some backstabbing again… Can’t wait!

Yes, they seem to have left the Ten Eyewitness News (1986 look) for the Seven Nightly News (1988 look). Looks fantasist. The researchers do an amazing job on this production.

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The synopsis for the new season

The Newsreader season two travels from election night 1987, through the shocks of the Hoddle Street shootings and the Stock Market Crash, the complexity of the heroin crisis, towards the protest and pageantry of the 1988 Bicentenary. As a nation grapples with its identity, its past and future, Helen (Anna Torv) and Dale (Sam Reid) reach a crossroads, and must settle on who they want to be, to each other, and to the world.

A Werner Films Production for the ABC. Major production investment from the ABC and financed with support from VicScreen. Worldwide distribution is managed by Entertainment One (eOne). Created by Michael Lucas. Directed by Emma Freeman. Produced by Lucas and Joanna Werner. Executive Producers Werner, Stuart Menzies and Emma Freeman. ABC Executive Producers Brett Sleigh and Sally Riley.


Looks wonderful! Can’t wait!

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One of the biggest stories of 1987 was the huge media shakeup, and all commercial networks were impacted as were radio outlets and newspapers. I’m surprised the show, literally based in a TV station, isn’t touching on that.


You and I would like it, but I suppose they want to focus on stories that capture a greater interest in history.


I’m hoping that may play a part in the whole series two story arc than a specific episodes storyline. :crossed_fingers:


That banter is so stilted and cringey

Take it you weren’t around then?

But also, that was their first night on air, they’d only known each other 5 minutes.

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The first night of that new American style “happy talk” format was equally stilted in Sydney. Ann Sanders and Richard Zachariah had zero chemistry. I recall reading reports about how they’d been rehearsing that format in the week leading up to the debut. Interesting in that Melbourne YT video how they abandoned the chat in favour of a headline recap.