Australian TV TV

True Believers, The (ABC 1988, Ed Devereaux, John Bonney)

True Believers

Period drama serial The True Believers focused on nine years (1945-54) in the political life of Australia, taking in the careers of three prominent politicians, Labour Prime Minister (1945-49) Ben Chifley and his deputy Doctor H.V. Evatt and Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies.

production details
Australia / ABC – Roadshow Coote and Carroll / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast June – July 1988

Writers: Bob Ellis, Stephen Ramsey / Idea: Matt Carroll / Design: Geoff Wedlock / Costume: Jolanta Nejman / Music: William Motzing / Producer: Stephen O’Rourke / Executive Producers: Matt Carroll, Sandra Levy / Director: Peter Fisk

cast
ED DEVEREAUX as Ben Chifley
SIMON CHILVERS as ‘Doc’ Evatt
JOHN BONNEY as Robert Menzies
VALERIE BADER as Mary Alice Evatt
TRACY MANN as Tess Ross
JOAN BRUCE as Pattie Menzies
MALCOLM ROBERTSON as Idris Williams
HAROLD HOPKINS as Edgar Ross
NICK TATE as Les Hayden
RON BLANCHARD as Arthur Calwell
GARY FILES as Fred Daly
RAY MEAGHER as Tom Burke
DANNY ADCOCK as Lloyd Ross