Brides of Christ: episode guide


Diane

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Episode 1 of 6
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Ken Cameron

Diane is due to be married but unsure of her feelings for her husband to be and her strong feelings of faith, she shocks her family by deciding to enter the Santo Spirito convent as a postulant.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Melissa Jaffer as Sister Attracta, Louise Pajo as Jean Markham, Paul Williams as Mark, Frank Gallacher as Irish Dean, John Frawley as Bishop, Rhys McConnochie as Monsignor, Bianca Sulkowicz as Diane (aged 6), Peter Braunstein as Frank Markstein, Hazel Phillips as Mrs Purley, Deborah Hanley as Mary Statue, Penny Stehli as Sister Patrick, Caroline Gillmer as Sister Philomena, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Irene Rowland as Sister Perpetua, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Antonia Murphy as Novice Therese

Frances

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Episode 2 of 6
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Ken Cameron

New to the school and coming from a broken home, Frances struggles to find friends, and a place in the stratified world of boarding school.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Naomi Watts as Frances Heffernan, John Frawley as Bishop, Rhys McConnochie as Monsignor, Barry Langrishe as Tom Heffernan, John Stowe as Roger Conlan, Liberty Lee as Frances (Age 8), Leo Taylor as Bill Fitzgerald, Genevieve Mooy as Judith Fitzgerald, Tathom Lennox as Anne Fitzgerald, Christine Degearon as Mrs Upton, Ted Baker as Marriage Celebrant, Phillip Moffatt as Bishop's Assistant, Caroline Gillmer as Sister Philomena, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Irene Rowland as Sister Perpetua, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Kym Wilson as Rosemary Fitzgerald, Melissa Thomas as Brigid Maloney, Pippa Grandison as Bernadette, Kirsty McGregor as Caroline, Vanessa Collier as Jacinta, Anne Tenney as Liz Heffernan

Ambrose

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Episode 3 of 6
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Ken Cameron

Vatican II causes turmoil in the Order with its instructions for change and simplification within the Church. A lay teacher arrives at the convent.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Philip Quast as Ian McGregor, Rob Steele as Senator Kearney, Syd Conabere as Da, Leo Taylor as Bill Fitzgerald, Harold Hopkins as Ken Maloney, James Klein as Ian's Son, Carolyn Olds as Ian's Daughter, David Whitten as Doctor, Penny Stehli as Sister Patrick, Caroline Gillmer as Sister Philomena, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Irene Rowland as Sister Perpetua, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Mary-Ann Henshaw as Novice Denise, Naomi Watts as Frances Heffernan, Kym Wilson as Rosemary Fitzgerald, Melissa Thomas as Brigid Maloney, Pippa Grandison as Bernadette, Kirsty McGregor as Caroline, Vanessa Collier as Jacinta

Rosemary

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Episode 4 of 6
Written by Sue Smith
Directed by Ken Cameron

During a lesson on sex from the disapproving Sister Agnes, Rosemary learns for the first time 'the facts of life' and realises that she's been deliberately kept in the dark by her rigidly Catholic parents.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Kym Wilson as Rosemary Fitzgerald, Rhys McConnochie as Monsignor, Stephen Leeder as Brother Thomas, Damon Herriman as Grant, Adrian Lee as Kevin Lee, Pat Bishop as Mary Maloney, Harold Hopkins as Ken Maloney, Scott Lowe as Gerald Maloney, Brian Rooney as Brendan Maloney, Gian Clancey as Kerry Maloney, Dimity Clancey as Moya Maloney, Leo Taylor as Bill Fitzgerald, Genevieve Mooy as Judith Fitzgerald, Kristen Minichbauer as Carmel Fitzgerald, Josh Picker as Bernadette's Boyfriend, The Beef as The Band, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Irene Rowland as Sister Perpetua, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Naomi Watts as Frances Heffernan, Melissa Thomas as Brigid Maloney, Pippa Grandison as Bernadette, Kirsty McGregor as Caroline, Vanessa Collier as Jacinta, Christen Cornell as Lucy Mulcady, Russell Crowe as Dominic

Paul

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Episode 5 of 6
Written by Sue Smith
Directed by Ken Cameron

Sister Paul is a born teacher who joined the convent at 18 and is happy in her vocation. At 24 she goes home to attend a family wedding and meets up with radical priest, Jack Delahunty who changes her life.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Stuart Finch as Father Riordan, Russell Newman as Brother Louis, Keith Holloway as Lawrie Tierney, Hayden Samuels as Andrew Tierney, Michael Winchester as Martin Tierney, Craig Black as James Tierney, Nic Gazzana as Frank, Rose Frasca as Sylvana, Salvatore Coco as Joe, Barbara Corapi as Gina, Tracey Tainsh as Helen, Ned Manning as Sean, Peter Loncar as Teseriero, Timothy Dufore as Baritone Singer, David Hoey as Ross, Antonio Mirabito as Rocco, Andrew Farrugia as Luccino, Petrina Warlow as Teacher, Penny Stehli as Sister Patrick, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Irene Rowland as Sister Perpetua, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Mary-Ann Henshaw as Novice Denise, Naomi Watts as Frances Heffernan, Kym Wilson as Rosemary Fitzgerald, Melissa Thomas as Brigid Maloney, Kirsty McGregor as Caroline, Vanessa Collier as Jacinta

Catherine

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Episode 6 of 6
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Ken Cameron

While Mother Ambrose is in Rome, Agnes is in charge. She asks Catherine to teach the official line against contraception and Catherine begins to find the compromises she is forced to make as a nun almost overwhelming.

Cast: Brenda Fricker as Sister Agnes, Sandy Gore as Mother Ambrose, Josephine Byrnes as Sister Catherine, Lisa Hensley as Sister Paul, Pat Bishop as Mary Maloney, Michael Craig as Bishop, Rhys McConnochie as Monsignor, Brian Rooney as Brendan Maloney, Gian Clancey as Kerry Maloney, Dimity Clancey as Moya Maloney, Christine Degueron as Mrs Upton, Penny Stehli as Sister Patrick, Beth Champion as Sister Clare, Joy Hruby as Sister Polycarp, Connie Hobbs as Sister Pierre, Ann Fay as Sister Innocent, Michelle Pettrigrove as Sister Francine, Naomi Watts as Frances Heffernan, Kym Wilson as Rosemary Fitzgerald, Melissa Thomas as Brigid Maloney, Kirsty McGregor as Caroline, Vanessa Collier as Jacinta, Harold Hopkins as Ken Maloney