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Series 3

As Australia faces internal and external threats to its way of life so too do the people of Inverness, and previous alliances and relationships are tested. Sarah's dilemma, between her feelings for George and her duty to her husband Rene, is exacerbated by a heartbreaking secret. James and Olivia's relationship is under pressure when the true parentage of baby George is threatened with exposure. Elizabeth Bligh's decision to leave Ash Park to explore a life of her own proves more difficult than she thought. Anna and Gino face the difference between the fairytale romance and the reality of married life. Independent lovers Carolyn and Jack try to move closer to a commitment. Through it all Regina's manipulative behaviour weaves an impenetrable web around George. In the sleepy village of Inverness, sex, death and secrets are never far below the surface.

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The Things We Do For Love

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Episode 3.01
Sun, Sept 27, 2015 (SoHo)
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Ian Barry

George is rushed to hospital having been shot, and the only witnesses are René and Regina. Elizabeth rushes to her son's side and initially confronts Sarah before realising that Sarah has probably saved his life. Anna and Gino are enjoying their honeymoon when she reveals that she has read the malicious letter given to her by Andrew Swanson, and Gino is horrified to learn the contents about Olivia and James. An increasingly disturbed René is arrested by Sergeant Franklin for George's attempted murder.

Starring: Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah Adams, Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh, Brett Climo as George Bligh, Craig Hall as Jack Duncan, David Berry as James Bligh, Abby Earl as Anna Bligh, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood as Olivia Bligh, Aldo Mignone as Gino Poletti, Sara Wiseman as Carolyn Bligh, Jenni Baird as Regina Standish, Frankie J. Holden as Roy Briggs

Guest Cast: Ben Winspear as René Nordmann, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Heather Mitchell as Prudence Swanson, Tim Draxl as Henry Fox, Brenna Harding as Rose O'Connell, Warwick Young as Sergeant Eddie Frankin, Brougham Cressy as Constable Johnson, Chris Broadbent as Martin Lewis, Leah Russell as Marjorie Carlin, Claudia Cranstoun as Diana Connelly, Scott Grimley as Norman Parker, Francisca Braithwaite as Silva; Stunts: Marlee Barber, Inge Sildnik, Ben Toyer

L'chaim, To Life

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Episode 3.02
Sun, October 04, 2015
Written by Giula Sandler
Directed by Ian Barry

On returning to Ash Park, George tells the family that he is going to make an important announcement at dinner and invites James for a private chat beforehand. Gino is reluctant to face James, knowing his secret. René has another seizure, while Sarah is haunted by memories from the war.

Guest Cast: Ben Winspear as René Nordmann, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Brenna Harding as Rose O'Connell, Warwick Young as Sergeant Eddie Frankin, Leah Russell as Marjorie Carlin, Ellie Gall as Colleen Kilgour, Scott Grimley as Norman Parker, Gareth Hamilton-Foster as Field Nazi/Gestapo #2, Gareth Davis as Nazi Soldier #2, Hannah Soole as Internee #1, Megan Kennedy as Internee #2, Laura Stodart as Internee #3; Stunts: Marlee Barber, Inge Sildnik, Ben Toyer

Somewhere Beyond The Sea

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Episode 3.03
Sun, October 11, 2015
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey

Finding that Sarah is also in Sydney, Elizabeth arranges a meeting at which she is able to thank her for saving George's life. Elizabeth's desire to make her life meaningful finds her meeting a charming gentleman. Gino outlines his dream to Anna of becoming a successful wine maker, and Ash Park welcomes a charismatic painter. Olivia and Carolyn make preparations for a card-party for Sir Richard, and George finally discovers who Anna's real father is.

Guest Cast: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Ben Winspear as René Nordmann, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Brenna Harding as Rose O'Connell, Tim Draxl as Henry Fox, Rick Donald as Lloyd Ellis-Parker, Judi Farr as Peg Maloney, Heather Mitchell as Prudence Swanson, Leah Russell as Marjorie Carlin, Alex Malone as Helen McDonald, Scott Grimley as Norman Parker, Anthony Campanella as Carlo Baroni, Richard Cotter as Clinic Doctor, Mia Lethbridge as Clinic Nurse Tony Girdler as Mumbling Man BIll, Reinhard Stark as Refuge War Veteran, Christopher Brewin as Refuge Kitchen Hand, David Hall as Card Player #1, Barrie Laws as Card Player #2; Stunts: Jackie Murray, Inge Sildnik, Ben Toyer

Too Old To Dream

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Episode 3.04
Sun, October 18, 2015
Written by Deborah Parsons
Directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey

Sarah attends a back-street abortion doctor but cannot go through with the operation. A young girl she crosses paths with at the clinic is later brought to her for help. Carolyn gets the offer of the job as an art critic for one of Sir Richard's Sydney newspapers. Elizabeth returns to Douglas Goddard's refuge, Olivia is increasingly attracted to portrait artist Lloyd Elllis Parker and Anna realises that Gino's dream means a lot of hard work.

Guest Cast: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Ben Winspear as René Nordmann, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Brenna Harding as Rose O'Connell, Tim Draxl as Henry Fox [uncredited], Rick Donald as Lloyd Ellis-Parker, Judi Farr as Peg Maloney, Heather Mitchell as Prudence Swanson, Warwick Young as Sergeant Eddie Frankin, Leah Russell as Marjorie Carlin, Georgia Adamson as Nancy Brent, Ashleigh Ross as Linda Brent, Alex Malone as Helen McDonald, Scott Grimley as Norman Parker, Anthony Campanella as Carlo Baroni, Richard Cotter as Clinic Doctor, Mia Lethbridge as Clinic Nurse, Tony Girdler as Mumbling Man BIll, Catie Fry as Mother; Stunts: Jackie Murray, Inge Sildnik, Ben Toyer

Living in the Shadow

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Episode 3.05
Sun, October 25, 2015
Written by Kim Wilson
Directed by Shirley Barrett

Olivia expresses her reservations about artist Lloyd Ellis Parker to James, but he insists that they retain him to paint their portraits. René is distraught on learning of Sarah's pregnancy and tells her he wishes she had never found him again. Carolyn confronts George about Regina, informing him of the threats she has been making about revealing James' secret. Elizabeth has lunch with Douglas Goddard but his romantic advances cause Elizabeth to withdraw. Regina tactically retreats to the Walker Farm, Olivia pleads with Anna not to tell James the truth about baby George, and Sarah and Jack have the abortionist arrested and Sarah reunites with René.

Guest Cast: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Ben Winspear as René Nordmann, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Brenna Harding as Rose O'Connell, Rick Donald as Lloyd Ellis-Parker, Judi Farr as Peg Maloney, Heather Mitchell as Prudence Swanson, Anthony Campanella as Carlo Baroni, Richard Cotter as Clinic Doctor, James Cuthel as Taxi Driver, Brooke Sheehan as Bunny Humphries, Deborah Jones as Washerwoman, Kirk Dodd as Police Officer (Clinic), David Woodland as Aussie Farmer #1, Jon Brian as Aussie Farmer #2, Todd Lester as Rally Father, Zahri Lester as Rally Daughter, Margaret Winspear as Daughter; Stunts: Anthony Lynch, Chris Mitchell, Inge Sildnik, Ben Toyer

Episodes 3.06 - 3.10