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In this gentle Australian dramedy, when spoiled socialite Louisa Atherton (Kerry Armstrong, SeaChange) is suddenly widowed at 49, her life is upended. Now broke, she moves with her teenage daughter to her quiet hometown, where her estranged mother still resides, and takes possession of a tumbledown shack. Can Louisa reinvent herself and repair her fractured family relationships along the way?

Acorn TV
3 Seasons, 26 Episodes
May 10, 2008
Cast: Kerry Armstrong, Julia Blake, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Caroline Gillmer
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Bed of Roses Full Episode Guide

  • When Gavin has a health crisis after a particularly bad day, the women in his life feel guilty for giving him grief. Minna is caught driving without a license and finds a novel way to regain her independence.

  • When Deb receives shocking news, Louisa and Marg try to support her through an emotional minefield. Louisa writes a profile on a local winemaker who might be able to resolve Deb's problems-until he also proves to be the right man to distract Holly from her heartbreak.

  • When a teenage boy arrives to reconnect with Nick, Louisa welcomes him into her home until his errant ways drives a wedge between her and Nick. A fundraising concert acts as a catalyst for Minna and Frida to have a long overdue heart-to-heart, while Holly's broken heart provokes uncharacteristic behavior.

  • When the army comes to Rainbow's End for a training exercise, their presence flushes out more than insurgents, as Louisa learns a secret from Nick's past. Sean reaches a breaking point and risks his relationship with Holly, while Frida finds catharsis in the trials of young love.

  • Minna's estranged sister, Frida, returns to town, and her visit coincides with the anniversary of their father's discovery of an orchid varietal that is the highlight of a local park, now struggling from drought. As Holly tries to save the park, Minna struggles with her resentment of her sister.

  • Louisa is caught between her two closest friends in a town debate over regulations for pet cats. When a stray cat wanders into her home, her attempts to remain unbiased are further compromised. Premarital counseling leads Louisa to discover a secret that Nick has been hiding from her.

  • Rainbow's End has been plagued by a recent spate of burglaries, and when Minna becomes a victim, it throws her confidence. The community is rocked by the death of Lionel Smithwick, and Louisa is forced to add to Sean's woes by revealing the truth about his father.

  • The community rallies around a local woman whose husband has left her with three young children, and Louisa and Nick grapple with being surrogate parents for a night. Holly's gap-year antics threaten harmony on the home front until she learns a hard lesson in responsibility.

  • When the Echo staff uncover a damaging story about undertaker Lionel Smithwick, they're torn between their duty to report the truth and their duty to his son, Sean. Holly decides to revel in her freedom, while Minna's bid for greater independence is derailed by her driver's license test.

  • As the new co-owner and editor of the town newspaper, Louisa wants her first issue to have a real impact, but she struggles to find a story worthy of her expectations. Holly deals with a major setback, and Nick brings both help and upheaval to Louisa's life.

  • After Chimaera Gold learns the lizard was a sham, defeat for the garden seems inevitable. Tim tells Louisa he's leaving town for a new job in the city and asks her to accompany him. As Louisa contemplates her choices, a death in the community takes a turn for the surreal.

  • With hopes for the community garden about to be crushed by Chimaera Gold, Holly and her friends discover an endangered species of lizard that could save it. Meanwhile, Nick and Tim fight over Louisa's affections, causing both men to stoop lower than they thought they ever would.

  • A large mining corporation named Chimaera Gold could mean the end of the town's community garden. The police detain Minna and her friend Sandy after suspicious substances are found at Sandy's Museum of Local Oddities, and Marg decides to give internet dating a go.

  • Louisa grows increasingly worried about Holly, while Vivien's advice column wreaks havoc on the lives of her loved ones. As Louisa bonds with Tim, Nick tries to assert himself, with disastrous results.

  • Deb's marriage with Trev is barely surviving, and so her friends try to help resuscitate it. Minna watches on helplessly as the Heritage Committee crumbles, leaving her as the last holdout-until Holly offers her the chance to contribute to an environmentally conscious project that will benefit the whole town.

  • While Louisa and her new coworker, Tim Price, agree to disagree about the future of The Rainbow Echo, Rita and Tsung Chi delve into the mystery of his ancestor, who disappeared during the Victorian gold rush.

  • When Minna learns that a local factory is polluting the community's waterways, Holly becomes embroiled in a protest that goes farther than she had planned. Meanwhile, Louisa applies for an editor position at the newspaper.

  • Returning home refreshed from her European vacation with her daughter, Louisa is inspired to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time photographer. However, she finds it hard to settle back into the rhythms of Rainbow's End.

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