Bed of Roses (TV series)

Bed of Roses (TV series)

Infobox Television
show_name = Bed of Roses

caption =Intertitle for "Bed of Roses"
genre = 2008 Drama, Comedy
creator = Jutta Goetze
Elizabeth Coleman
developer = ABC Drama Department
presenter =
starring = Kerry Armstrong
Julia Blake
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence
voices =
narrated =
theme_music_composer = Ross Wilson
Eris O'Brien
John Pullicino
opentheme =
endtheme =
country = Australia
language = English
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 6
list_episodes =
producer = Mark Ruse
Stephen Luby
executive_producer = Miranda Dear
Amanda Higgs
location = South Gippsland, Australia
camera =
runtime = 50 min
network = ABC1
picture_format = 720p
audio_format = Stereo
first run =
first_aired = 10 May 2008
last_aired = 14 June 2008
preceded_by =
followed_by =
related = "SeaChange"
website =
imdb_id =1218572
tv_com_id = 75777

"Bed of Roses" is an Australian comedy / drama television series which first screened on the ABC from 10 May 2008. It stars Kerry Armstrong ("SeaChange" and "Lantana)" and was created by Jutta Goetze and Elizabeth Coleman; produced by Mark Ruse ("Kath & Kim", "The Games") and Stephen Luby ("Crackerjack"); and directed by Paul Moloney (first three episodes) and Mandy Smith (next three episodes).cite web |url= |title="Bed of Roses" |publisher=Australian television information archive |accessdate=2008-05-25 ]


"Bed of Roses" is about Louisa Atherton (Kerry Armstrong) handling her life after she discovers her husband has died in the arms of another woman, leaving her broke. She returns to her home town of Rainbow's End to live with her feisty mother, Minna (Julia Blake). Rainbow's End is in a 'growth corridor' with neighbouring town of Indigo. Besides problems with Minna, Louisa encounters trouble with her teenage daughter Holly (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and local residents. Louisa has few financial assets except "Mary Kelly's Shack" she inherited from her father. Louisa decides to demolish the shack and build a new house to sell. Holly has taken the death of her father very hard and insists on carrying around his ashes. Louisa's irresponsible driving results in numerous traffic offences, which she can ill afford.


The series contains six 50-minute episodes, with the $5 million production being shot over nine weeks, mostly in the South Gippsland towns of Foster and Meeniyan, it has taken six years from its initial conception to final screening. It has distinct overtones of Armstrong's previous ABC-TV series "SeaChange".cite news |url= |last=Enker |first=Debi |title=Coming up roses |publisher="The Age" |date=2008-05-08 |accessdate=2008-05-09 ]

Goetze and Coleman first worked together in 1991, they were given the base direction for the series in 2002:"Living on the bones of your arse" is an Australian slang term for living with little money, being broke and struggling. [cite web |url=
University of Ballarat |format=PDF |accessdate=2008-05-11

Original music is supplied by Niko Schauble, he also arranged the theme tune "Bed of Nails" which is sung by Megan Washington. The song was written by Daddy Cool founder and "It Takes Two" judge Ross Wilson and his friends Eris O'Brien and John Pullicino for his solo single in 1989. [cite web |url= |title=ABC-TV "Bed of Roses" |publisher=Ross Wilson |date=2008-04-02 |accessdate=2008-05-10 ] [cite web |url= |title=APRA |accessdate=2008-05-10 ] Episode 5, "The Truth Will Set You Free" includes the song "Emotional Champ" by Sally Seltmann (New Buffalo).



Main cast

* Kerry Armstrong as Louisa Atherton, recently widowed, returns to Rainbow's End.
* Julia Blake as Minna Franklin, Louisa's mother, member of the Heritage Society.
* Caroline Gillmer as Marg Braithwaite, estranged wife of Gavin Braithwaite.
* Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Holly Atherton, Louisa's daughter, Indigo High year 11 student, works at Lim's.
* Jay Laga'aia as Nick Pickering, Louisa's old friend who runs Nick's Tyre Service.
* Andrew S. Gilbert as Gavin Braithwaite, hardware store owner, local councillor.
* Kaarin Fairfax as Deb Mathieson, new friend, worked on "The Rainbow Echo", looks after injured wildlife.
* Tim Phillipps as Sean Smithwick, local footballer, undertakers' son, he has a crush on Holly.
* Dina Panozzo as Gemma O'Reilly, gym owner, old friend.

Additional cast

* Dave Thornton as Shannon Atherton, Louisa's 24 year old son, plays Aussie Rules football professionally.
* Cameron McKenzie as 'Young Cop' (Gregg Russell) , books Louisa for traffic offences, returns run-away Holly.
* Kallista Kaval as Wendy Watt,"The Rainbow Echo" editor, Louisa's boss.
* HaiHa Le as Rita Lim, "Rainbow Inn" restaurant & "Happy Nuggett" mini-market manager, Gavin's girlfriend.
* Richard Davies as 'Rooster' McIver, football team captain, makes an advance on Holly, Marty's 'chippie'.
* Greg Stone as Jack (Thomas) Atherton (1956-2008), Louisa's husband, dies of a heart attack.
* Jaqueline Brennan as Anna (Mayhew) , Jack's girlfriend.
* Amanda Ma as Lily Lim, Rita's mother, "Rainbow Inn" restaurant & "Happy Nuggett" mini-market co-owner, disapproves of Gavin.
* Lawrence Mah as Wayne Lim, Rita's father, business co-owner, friendly with Gavin, proposes expanding shopping centre.
* Frank Magree as Marty Mason, a builder, Rainbow Roos' coach.
* Brandon Burns as Macca, footballer, Marty's labourer, turns 21.
* Susie Dee as Vivien Dixon, Minna's friend, member of the Heritage Society.
* Geoff Morrell as Tibor Havel, a psychiatrist, Louisa's widowed neighbour.
* Leverne McDonnell as Robyn (Blake), Louisa's friend in Melbourne, offers her a job.
* Ronald Boyter as Clem Blackwell, Rainbow's End resident.
* Tim Sullivan as Ern Swann, real estate agent.
* Nicole Gulasekharam as Tahlia, Holly's school friend.
* Graham Thwaites as Jase, Marty's roofing sub-contractor and nephew.
* Julie Wynn as Meilin (Chee), ghost seen by Louisa, previous owner of the shack.


* "The Sydney Morning Herald" reviewer, Judy Adamson, praised the characterisation of "Bed of Roses" for episode 1. [cite news |url= |title=Bed of Roses |publisher="The Sydney Morning Herald" |last=Adamson |first=Judy |date=2008-05-09 |accessdate=2008-06-25 ] Jodie Pfarr found that despite a slow start, the series had improved by episode 3 with Armstrong showing mastery of a range of emotions. [cite news |url= |title=Bed of Roses |publisher="The Sydney Morning Herald" |last=Pfarr |first=Jodie |date=2008-05-24 |accessdate=2008-06-05] Kate Duthie felt the series was too cliche-ridden by episode 4. [cite news |url= |title=Bed of Roses |publisher="The Sydney Morning Herald" |last=Duthie |first=Kate |date=2008-05-30 |accessdate=2008-06-05]
* "The Age" reviewer, Catherine Deveny, was disappointed that the talented cast delivered a painful performance. [cite news |url= |title=Bed of Roses should be put to sleep |publisher="The Age" |last=Deveny |first=Catherine |date=2008-05-29 |accessdate=2008-06-05]

See also

* List of Australian television series
* List of Australian Broadcasting Corporation programs


External links

* [ Australian Television Information Archive: "Bed of Roses" Episode guide]
* * [ "Bed of Roses" (2008)] at Internet Movie Database

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