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Drama, Comedy

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Final episode date
26 February 2011



Developed by
ABC Drama Department

First episode date
10 May 2008


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Created by
Jutta GoetzeElizabeth Coleman

Kerry ArmstrongJulia BlakeHanna Mangan-Lawrence

Theme music composer
Ross WilsonEris O'BrienJohn Pullicino

Kerry Armstrong, Hanna Mangan‑Lawrence, Julia Blake

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Bed of Roses is an Australian comedy drama television series which first screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from 10 May 2008. It stars Kerry Armstrong (SeaChange and Lantana) and was created by Jutta Goetze and Elizabeth Coleman; produced by Mark Ruse (Kath & Kim, The Games) and Stephen Luby (Crackerjack).


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Bed of Roses is about Louisa Atherton (Kerry Armstrong) handling her life after she discovers her husband has died in the arms of another woman, leaving her broke. She returns to her home town of Rainbow's End to live with her feisty mother, Minna (Julia Blake). Rainbow's End is in a 'growth corridor' with neighbouring town of Indigo. Besides problems with Minna, Louisa encounters trouble with her teenage daughter Holly (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and local residents. Louisa has few financial assets except "Mary Kelly's Shack" she inherited from her father. Louisa decides to demolish the shack and build a new house to sell. Holly has taken the death of her father very hard and insists on carrying around his ashes. Louisa's irresponsible driving results in numerous traffic offences, which she can ill afford.


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The first season contained six 50-minute episodes, with the $5 million production being shot over nine weeks, mostly in the South Gippsland towns of Foster and Meeniyan, it has taken six years from its initial conception to final screening. It has distinct overtones of Armstrong's previous ABC-TV series SeaChange. Bed of Roses aired on Saturday night on ABC at 7:30 pm, leading into The Bill at 8:30 pm.

The ABC ordered 8 episodes for season two, up from 6 episodes for season one. Bud Tingwell and Philip Quast have joined the cast for the second season. Season two of Bed of Roses was filmed over five months in regional Victoria (South Gippsland), Melbourne and in the ABC TV studios, Ripponlea.

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“We knew whilst making series one that we had something special on our hands and so went straight into developing a second series. The audience response was terrific both on ABC1 and Podcast".

Head of ABC TV Drama, Miranda Dear, on announcing season two of the hit drama: Season Two of Bed of Roses is the story of a woman's search – and a community's search – for a workable identity in the 21st Century. It is also a love story. Because whether you're 80, 50 or 17, none of us is immune to that totally infuriating, confusing, heating, frighteningly vulnerable sensation that renders us smiling, crying, despairing, and hopeful, all in the same breath. Particularly when you're not sure which man you're in love with.

Season Three began filming in May 2010. the program was filmed over five months in regional Victoria (South Gippsland), Melbourne and in the ABC TV studios, Southbank. For the second time the number of episodes will increase, with Season 3 to have 12 episodes and will begin airing 4 December 2010.

Main cast

  • Kerry Armstrong as Louisa Atherton, recently widowed, returns to Rainbow's End.
  • Becomes editor of The Rainbow Echo, responds to community issues, problems with Tim and Nick.
  • Julia Blake as Minna Franklin, Louisa's mother, member of the Heritage Society.
  • Renews friendship with Sandy, fights redevelopments.
  • Caroline Gillmer as Marg Braithwaite, estranged wife of Gavin Braithwaite.
  • Now a marriage celebrant, tries to gain Tim's interest.
  • Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Holly Atherton, Louisa's daughter, Indigo High year 11 student, works at Lim's.
  • Now in year 12, becomes involved in local issues, misunderstanding with Sean.
  • Jay Laga'aia as Nick Pickering, Louisa's old friend who runs Nick's Tyre Service.
  • Goes out with Louisa, helps Holly with driving lessons.
  • Andrew S. Gilbert as Gavin Braithwaite, hardware store owner, local councillor.
  • Continues self-promotion, buys The Rainbow Echo, appoints Tim as manager.
  • Kaarin Fairfax as Deb Mathieson, new friend, worked on The Rainbow Echo, looks after injured wildlife.
  • Runs a wildlife sanctuary, because of conflicting work hours sees less of husband Trev.
  • Tim Phillipps as Sean Smithwick, local footballer, undertakers' son, has a crush on Holly.
  • Misunderstanding with Holly, drives undertaker's van.
  • Dina Panozzo as Gemma O'Reilly, gym owner, old friend.
  • Intimacy problems with husband Pat.
  • HaiHa Le as Rita Lim, Rainbow Inn restaurant & Happy Nuggett mini-market manager, Gavin's girlfriend.
  • Involved in community projects, new boyfriend is Chin.
  • Season two

  • Charles "Bud" Tingwell as Sandy Wilsoncroft, Minna's old friend, has Alzheimer's disease.
  • Gareth Yuen as Chin Tsung Chi, trying to find an ancestor, Rita's new boyfriend.
  • Philip Quast as Tim Price, new manager of The Rainbow Echo, Louisa's boss.
  • Additional cast

  • Dave Thornton as Shannon Atherton, Louisa's 24-year-old son, plays Aussie Rules football professionally.
  • Cameron McKenzie as 'Young Cop' (Gregg Russell), books Louisa for traffic offences, returns run-away Holly.
  • Books Sean for driving while intoxicated – ticket withdrawn by Sergeant.
  • Kallista Kaval as Wendy Watt,The Rainbow Echo editor, Louisa's boss.
  • Leaves newspaper for a better offer.
  • Richard Davies as 'Rooster' McIver, football team captain, makes an advance on Holly, Marty's 'chippie'.
  • Greg Stone as Jack (Thomas) Atherton (1956–2008), Louisa's husband, dies of a heart attack.
  • Jaqueline Brennan as Anna (Mayhew), Jack's girlfriend.
  • Amanda Ma as Lily Lim, Rita's mother, Rainbow Inn restaurant & Happy Nuggett mini-market co-owner, disapproves of Gavin.
  • Lawrence Mah as Wayne Lim, Rita's father, business co-owner, friendly with Gavin, proposes expanding shopping centre.
  • Frank Magree as Marty Mason, a builder, Rainbow Roos' coach.
  • Also a taxi driver, continues building projects for Gavin.
  • Brandon Burns as Macca, footballer, Marty's labourer, turns 21.
  • Susie Dee as Vivien Dixon, Minna's friend, member of the Heritage Society.
  • Works at The Rainbow Echo, runs 'Caring Caroline' column.
  • Geoff Morrell as Tibor Havel, a psychiatrist, Louisa's widowed neighbour.
  • Leverne McDonnell as Robyn (Blake), Louisa's friend in Melbourne, offers her a job.
  • Ronald Boyter as Clem Blackwell, Rainbow's End resident.
  • Cliff Ellen as Clem.
  • Tim Sullivan as Ern Swann, real estate agent.
  • Nicole Gulasekharam as Tahlia, Holly's school friend.
  • Protests, with other students, against redevelopments with Holly.
  • Graham Thwaites as Jase, Marty's roofing sub-contractor and nephew.
  • Julie Wynn as Meilin (Chee), ghost seen by Louisa, previous owner of the shack.
  • Season two

  • Jasper Bagg as Trev Mathieson, truck driver, work hours conflict with Deb's wildlife work.
  • Christopher Bunworth as Pat O'Reilly, intimacy problem with Gemma.
  • Richard Moss as Bob Stinson, previous Rainbow Echo owner.
  • Christopher Connelly as Lionel Smithwick, undertaker, Sean's father.
  • Terry Gill as Owen Diston, goat farmer, annoys Minna.
  • Season two (2010)

    In South Africa, season two premiered on 24 November 2009. In Australia, it premiered on 13 February 2010.

    Season three (2010–11)

    In Australia, season three premiered on 4 December 2010.

    International broadcasts

    Bed of Roses is screened in South Africa on pay television operator DStv on the Series Channel. The Show also airs on Ireland on RTÉ One


  • The Sydney Morning Herald reviewer, Judy Adamson, praised the characterisation of Bed of Roses for episode 1. Jodie Pfarr found that despite a slow start, the series had improved by episode 3 with Armstrong showing mastery of a range of emotions. Kate Duthie felt the series was too cliche-ridden by episode 4.
  • The Age reviewer, Catherine Deveny, was disappointed that the talented cast delivered a painful performance.
  • References

    Bed of Roses (TV series) Wikipedia

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