The Newsreader: episode guide

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No More Lies

Episode 1.05
Sunday, September 12, 2021 (ABC, 8:30)
386,000 viewers (14th)
Written by Kim Ho, Michael Lucas
Directed by Emma Freeman

Dale Jennings (Sam Reid) is a diligent young reporter, desperate to become a newsreader. Helen Norville (Anna Torv) is a notoriously ‘difficult’ star newsreader determined to build credibility. Paired together over three months, Dale and Helen will cover an extraordinary chain of news events— from the shock of the Challenger explosion, to the hype of Halley’s Comet, to the complexities of the AIDS crisis. From messy beginnings, a deep bond is formed that will upend their lives and transform the very fabric of the nightly news bulletin. This is a story of a grand, unconventional relationship in a world on the cusp of change.

Dale's career and his relationship with Helen couldn't be any better, until his prized interview with an HIV-positive mother goes horribly wrong. In the eye of a media storm, buried secrets comes to light.


  • Anna Torv as Helen Norville
  • Sam Reid as Dale Jennings
  • Caroline Lee as Jean
  • Michelle Lim Davidson as Noelene
  • Stephen Peacocke as Rob Rickards
  • Chum Ehelepola as Dennis
  • Robert Taylor as Geoff Walters
  • Marg Downey as Evelyn Walters
  • Tony Rickards as Dr Shaw
  • Rhys Mitchell as Brian
  • Cullen Gorman as Jacko
  • Alexandra Schepisi as Carolyn Gibson
  • John Leary as Murray
  • William Mclnnes as Lindsay
  • Chai Hansen as Tim Ahern
  • Peter Paltos as Gerard
  • Alex Duncan as Patrick
  • Tim Draxl as Adam
  • Joe Cho as Noelene's Dad
  • Hany Lee as Jen
  • Meewon Yang as Noelene's Mum
  • Mark Leonard Winter as Russell
  • Bert Labonte as Gordon
  • Maude Davey as Val Jennings