The Circuit: episode guide

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It's a Long Way Home


Episode 1.01
Sunday, July 8, 2007 (SBS)
Written by Kelly Lefever
Directed by Catriona McKenzie

The Circuit is set in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. It is a place of two seasons; the wet and the dusty dry. Known for its beauty, vastness and hardship, this region is a land rich in history for its traditional owners, but now sits within the confines of white ownership and white law. This is the home of The Circuit, the Magistrate's Court, which visits far-flung communities several days a month, bringing conveyor-belt justice dealt swiftly and fairly. Working between two worlds and juggling white law with traditional lore, means that justice can be a slippery beast. In this episode, City lawyer Drew Ellis finds himself a long way from home as he begins his new job with the Aboriginal Legal Service in the remote Kimberley region of north Western Australia. He joins a 'family' of court officers as they travel the 2000 kilometre circuit to dispense 'justice' in a harsh and vast environment a long way from home.

Guest Starring: David Ngoombujarra, Rohanna Angus, Kirsty Hillhouse, Stephen B'Aamba Albert

Featuring: Kemal Osman, Peter Docker, Jedda Rae Hill, Paul Edgar, Sylvia Clarke

In Country


Episode 1.02
July 15, 2007 (SBS)
Written by Dot West
Directed by Richard Frankland

A flurry of racist leaflets and a lack of faith in him by the people he is trying to help put Drew in bad temper. Sam and Drew seem determined to remain on different sides of the fence. Necessity places them in a position where they find out more about each other as a courtroom decision has tragic consequences.

Guest Starring: David Field, David Ngoombujarra, Kirsty Hillhouse, Karen Pang, Stephen B'Aamba Albert, Mark Coles-Smith

Featuring: Sandra Kelly, Sylvia Clarke, Jedda Rae Hill, Phillip Green, Peter Docker

Deeper Water


Episode 1.03
July 22, 2007 (SBS)
Written by Mitch Torres
Directed by Catriona McKenzie

The race to save a young girl from abuse is on, but the law, and the predator's ties with the community and court, make the task seemingly impossible. Bella takes the law into her own hands and Archie and Clarry find themselves on different sides of the fence, leading to violence.

Guest Starring: David Ngoombujarra, Rohanna Angus, Andy King, John Moore, Jub Clerc, Gregory J Fryer

Featuring: Sandra Kelly, Debbie Pilkington, Sylvia Clarke, Jedda Rae Hill, Melbourne (John) Hart, Julien Cardenas, John Nodea, Sermsah (Suri) Bin Saad

Stairway to the Moon


Episode 1.04
July 29, 2007 (SBS)
Written by Beck Cole
Directed by Steve Jodrell

It's festival time in Broome, and what begins as a relaxing weekend quickly spirals out of control. Drew receives an ultimatum, Peter gets more than he bargained for, and there's tragedy for two of our people when one lands in hospital and the other in prison.

Guest Starring: Emma Booth, Everlyn Sampi, Kirsty Hillhouse, Karen Pang, Gregory J Fryer

Featuring: Sarah McNeill, Marley Sharp, Buna Tuaty Poelina, Joseph Roe, Noreen Edgar, Jimmy Edgar, Phillip Green

You Always Hurt the Ones You Love


Episode 1.05
Written by Kelly Lefever
With Jane Harrison & Kootji Raymond
Directed by Catriona McKenzie

In the aftermath of the festival, Archie and Clarry face court and potential prison-time. Sam makes a tragic discovery about his son as Drew makes a regretful decision about seeing his family.

Guest Starring: Emma Booth, Kirsty Hillhouse, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Mark Coles-Smith, Gregory J Fryer

Featuring: Margie Deegan, Stewart Gregory, Denise Cox, Mitch Torres, Ronald Love, Steven Barker, Craig Mathieson

Home Is Where the Past Is


Episode 1.06
Written by Kelly Lefever
Directed by Richard Frankland

Drew's replacement has arrived with the wet season. Clarry struggles with prison, as a predator returns to the Mission bringing trouble with him. Sam's son forces him to make a surprise decision, and Drew is left to make a life changing choice.

Guest Starring: David Ngoombujarra, Costa Ronin, Andrew Lewis, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Mark Coles-Smith, Gregory J Fryer, Kirsty Hillhouse

Featuring: Sandra Kelly, Buna Tuaty Poelina, Joeseph Roe, Phillip Green, Peter Docker