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Monday 18 September 2023

The Newsreader Season 2 coming to BBC Two and iPlayer later this autumn


The acclaimed Australian drama "The Newsreader," which garnered awards and recognition, has found its home in the hands of the BBC for its second season. The series stars Anna Torv (known for "The Last of Us," "Mindhunter," and "Fringe") and Sam Reid (renowned for "Prime Suspect 1973," "Lambs of God," and "Interview with the Vampire"), with the addition of fresh faces Daniel Gillies (from "The Originals" and "Virgin River") and Rory Fleck Byrne (recognized for "This is Going to Hurt" and "Vampire Academy").

Crafted, scripted, and produced by the accomplished writer Michael Lucas (known for "Offspring" and "Five Bedrooms") and directed by Emma Freeman (noted for "Interview with the Vampire" and "Stateless"), this upcoming six-part series is set to grace the screens of BBC Two and iPlayer in the approaching autumn season.

Set a year beyond the events of the first season, viewers will once again encounter Helen Norville (Anna Torv) and Dale Jennings (Sam Reid), who now stand as the heralded "Golden Couple of News." While their public façade radiates success and romance, the reality is more intricate.

Dale, continuing to refine his skills, has established himself as a steady and dependable co-anchor alongside Helen, impressing the new and youthful CEO, Charlie Tate (Daniel Gillies), who possesses a distinct vision for the style of news he envisions for "News at Six." In contrast, Helen's pursuit of uncompromising, hard-hitting interviews puts her at odds with the new CEO. She doesn't shy away from expressing her thoughts on his plans for the program.

Amidst the backdrop of 1987, a year of soaring and crashing global stocks, Australia's preparations for its Bicentennial celebration, and the complex journey of self-discovery for Helen and Dale, the question arises: can they align their paths and remain together?

Returning for the second season are actors from the first, alongside Anna Torv and Sam Reid. The cast includes Robert Taylor (known for "Longmire"), Stephen Peacocke (recognized for "Five Bedrooms" and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"), William McInnes (noted for "Unfinished Sky" and "Blue Heelers"), Chum Ehelepola (from "Lodge 49" and "Lady Dynamite"), Michelle Lim Davidson (renowned for "Utopia" and "Get Krack!n"), Chai Hansen (featured in "The New Legends of Monkey"), and Marg Downey (known for "Fast Forward" and "Top of the Lake: China Girl"). Philippa Northeast (from "Home & Away") is also set to join the cast for the second season.

Sue Deeks, the Head of Programme Acquisition for the BBC, expressed enthusiasm, stating, "Following the great success of series one, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome back the News at Six team and watch Helen and Dale navigate their ever more complicated personal lives whilst dealing with the pressures of covering the big news events of 1987."

This series was secured from Entertainment One (eOne) and is produced by the esteemed Werner Film Productions, in association with eOne, for ABC in Australia. Joanna Werner (known for "Clickbait" and "Secret City") takes the role of producer, while Emma Freeman directs. Executive producers include Joanna Werner, Stuart Menzies ("The Cry"), Emma Freeman, Brett Sleigh, and Sally Riley from ABC. The first season of "The Newsreader" is currently available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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