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Series 5

Aus: Sun, October 08, 2017 (Showcase)
USA: Thu, November 23, 2017 (Acorn)

Season five will time jump to 1958, where four years have passed since we left Sarah and the Bligh family. Those four years have seen ever increasing changes in Australian society.

The world of wealth and privilege is being eroded, moral values are fraying and a new young generation is rising, full of disaffection with the world of their elders. To them the War is a matter of the dead past, bringing conflict with those who suffered its pain and deprivation.

Economic change and the devious actions of unseen enemies threaten Ash Park. While friends become bitter rivals and former enemies become unlikely allies. And in the midst of the turmoil, love becomes the only sure place anyone can call home.

Own Worst Enemy

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Episode 5.01
Sun, October 08, 2017
Written by Bevan Lee
Directed by Kevin Carlin

Four years later and we pick up the lives of the Bligh family on Anzac Day, 1958. Sarah comes into conflict with the hierarchy at the hospital over the misdiagnosis of an indigenous man and challenges George over what religion David should be raised in. George learns that Regina is finally prepared to proceed with a divorce and Elizabeth's concern for Douglas' health increases. A coughing fit has Douglas admitted to hospital.

Starring: Marta Dusseldorp as Sarah Adams, Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh, Brett Climo as George Bligh, Craig Hall as Jack Duncan, Abby Earl as Anna Bligh, Sara Wiseman as Carolyn Bligh, Jenni Baird as Regina Standish, Tim Draxl as Henry Fox, Deborah Kennedy as Doris Collins, Frankie J. Holden as Roy Briggs

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Martin Sacks as Isaac Gold, Matt Day as Ed Jarvis, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Huw Higginson as Dr Samuels, Clodagh Crowe as Dawn Briggs, Jack Ellis as Stan O'Rourke, Bryce Youngman as Rod, Peter Condon as Theo, Gerald Edmonds as Gary, Lauren Richardson as Lynette, Kate Fraser as Valda Fisher, Alison Albany as Female Guard, Eleni Scumacher as Mary, Ben Toyer as Larry Driving Double, Peter Jakobsson as Bag Piper

Fallout

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Episode 5.02
Sun, October 15, 2017
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Kevin Carlin

Sarah embraces her Judaism and questions George's commitment. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's concern over Douglas' health escalates. Sarah finds Leah and makes a deal for her to stay in Inverness. Anna is sabotaging her writing career yet again while dealing with the attentions of her publisher. George accepts Regina's offer of a divorce and shortly thereafter Regina is released from the asylum.

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Martin Sacks as Isaac Gold, Matt Day as Ed Jarvis, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Huw Higginson as Dr Samuels, Clodagh Crowe as Dawn Briggs, Jack Ellis as Stan O'Rourke, Nell Nakkan as Sheila O'Rourke, Tahnee Stroet as Beebie, Lauren Richardson as Lynette, Liam Drinan as Band Drummer, Axel Powrie as Band Bass Player, Shimmy Shimamoto as Japanese Guard

Fallout

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Episode 5.03
Sun, October 22, 2017
Written by John Lonie
Directed by Mark Joffe

Two months have passed and Douglas has had a cancerous lung removed. George meets with a Rabbi in the city to discuss the process of conversion when he receives news of Regina's release. The family is sent into a tailspin, fearful of the repercussions. Carolyn clocks Jack's reluctance to change but busies herself advocating for Frank's art.

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Matt Day as Ed Jarvis, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Heather Mitchell as Prudence Swanson, Huw Higginson as Dr Samuels, Nell Nakkan as Sheila O'Rourke, Ritchie Singer as Dr Rabbi Max Cohen, Lauren Richardson as Lynette, Tim Elston as Waiter, Kendall Drury as Club Attendant, Inge Sildnik as Stunt Performer, Neal Horton as Stunt Performer

The Edge Of Reason

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Episode 5.04
Sun, October 29, 2017
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Mark Joffe

Regina reveals to George that Sir Richard is hell bent on ruining the Bligh family. Regina's return triggers a catastrophic event - Douglas is rushed to hospital where Henry makes a dreadful discovery. The cancer has spread. Sarah decides to accompany George to Canberra.

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Matt Day as Ed Jarvis, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Clodagh Crowe as Dawn Briggs

Do Not Go Gently

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Episode 5.05
Sun, November 05, 2017
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Catherine Millar

Jack and Henry butt heads about informing Douglas of his prognosis. In Canberra, Sarah attends a political function and experiences a post traumatic stress episode. When Douglas asks outright if he is dying, Elizabeth has no choice but to tell him the truth.

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Matt Day as Ed Jarvis, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Jack Ellis as Stan O'Rourke, Clodagh Crowe as Dawn Briggs, Helen Thomson as Gerda Davis, Lauren Richardson as Lynette, Alan Dearth as Sir Robert Menzies, Mary Anne Halpin as Dame Pattie Menzies, Anthony Martin as Sir John Black McEwan, Barry Quin as Neil O'Sullivan, Katy Carruthers as Anne McEwen, Kim Knuckey as Sir Earle Page, Ben Maclaine as Labour Politician #1, Suzy Devery as Wife, Colin Burkinshaw as Labour Politician #2, Sean McKenzie as Butler, Demi-Lea Worrad as Waitress, Grant Lyndon as Jay Kenneth Katzan III

Demons of the Dark

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Episode 5.06
Sun, November 12, 2017
Written by John Lonie
Directed by Catherine Millar

Sarah is plunged into a dark place and must confront the demons of her past. Roy confronts Larry about his involvement in the burning down of Frank's shack. Larry is taught a valuable lesson and is redeemed. Douglas finally realises his prognosis and asks for assistance to die. Anna defends herself against Sir Richard in an attempted rape. She flees to Ash Park where she and Carolyn realise that Regina may deserve their trust.

With: Robert Coleby as Douglas Goddard, Aaron Pedersen as Frank Gibbs, Mark Lee as Sir Richard Bennett, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Leah Gold, George Pullar as Larry Grey, Elliot Domoney as David Bligh, Jack Ellis as Stan O'Rourke, Helen Thomson as Gerda Davis, Alan Dearth as Sir Robert Menzies, Mary Anne Halpin as Dame Pattie Menzies, Anthony Martin as Sir John Black McEwan, Barry Quin as Neil O'Sullivan, Katy Carruthers as Anne McEwen, Kim Knuckey as Sir Earle Page, Ben Maclaine as Labour Politician #1, Suzy Devery as Wife, Colin Burkinshaw as Labour Politician #2, Gertrude Burkinshaw as Lottie, Grant Lyndon as Jay Kenneth Katzan III, Kate Fraser as Valda Fisher, Lauren Richardson as Lynette, Margaret Winspear as Amy, Grace Winspear as Betty, Caroline McQuade as Miss Pearce

Episodes 5.07 - 5.12