Good Australian drama with a matching podcast, a musical based on political events from not that long ago, and a couple of British-based reality-style shows make up this month’s picks.
The Newsreader Season 2
It’s almost two years since I shared my thoughts on The Newsreader Season 1 in January 2021. Season 2 has just finished and I think it was even better and I am now waiting impatiently for Season 3. The trip down memory lane with the News At 6 team continues with the same inappropriate workplace behaviour, giant shoulder pads, and accurate set dressing that you will recognise as seeing in a relative or friend’s home, “back in the day”.
Created by Michael Lucas and starring Anna Torv, Sam Reid and William McInnes The Newsreader has the added bonus of nostalgia featuring the news stories of the time, and season two had me cringing at the bicentenary celebrations. The characters grow and develop over the 6 episodes ending with a surprising, at least to me, power shift.
ABC has also produced the Newsreader Podcast for season 2 with Lisa Millar and Leigh Sales. The podcast is a great accompaniment to the show and listening to two women, who had experienced newsrooms themselves, dissect each episode just added to my enjoyment.