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A big city lawyer is prompted to undergo a 'seachange' with her children and becomes the magistrate at the small coastal town of Pearl Bay, where the family comes to love its people and the quality time with each other.


Deb Cox, Andrew Knight
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Series cast summary:
John Howard ...  Bob Jelly 47 episodes, 1998-2019
Sigrid Thornton ...  Laura Gibson 47 episodes, 1998-2019
Kerry Armstrong ...  Heather Jelly 46 episodes, 1998-2019
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ...  Kevin Findlay 45 episodes, 1998-2019
Jill Forster ...  Meredith Monahan 39 episodes, 1998-2000
Cassandra Magrath ...  Miranda Gibson 39 episodes, 1998-2000
Kane McNay Kane McNay ...  Rupert Gibson 39 episodes, 1998-2000
Kate Atkinson ...  Karen Miller 38 episodes, 1998-2000
Tom Long ...  Angus Kabiri 38 episodes, 1998-2000
Christopher Lyons Christopher Lyons ...  Trevor Findlay 38 episodes, 1998-2000
Bruce Alexander ...  Sergeant Grey 36 episodes, 1998-2000
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ...  Harold Fitzwalter 35 episodes, 1998-2000
Georgina Naidu ...  Phrani Gupta 33 episodes, 1998-2019
Bryony Price Bryony Price ...  Jules Jelly 29 episodes, 1998-2000
Cameron Nugent Cameron Nugent ...  Craig Jelly 28 episodes, 1998-2000
William McInnes ...  Max Connors 24 episodes, 1999-2000
Brett Swain ...  Griff 23 episodes, 1998-2000
Alice Garner ...  Carmen Blake / ... 20 episodes, 1998-2000


When a corporate lawyer's professional and personal lives crumble she leaves the city with her children to live in a small seaside town and becomes a local judge. Written by Anonymous

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Was announced in October 2018, the show would be making a comeback for the 2019 Aussie TV season, 20 years after it finished. See more »


Laura: You know, for a moment, just for a brief moment, I thought there might actually be a chance for me and you. (She leaves)
Max: When was the brief moment?
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SeaChange End Song
(Richard Pleasance (as R. Pleasance))
Gotham Music/PolyGram Music
Performed by Wendy Morrison and Richard Pleasance
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The best Australian TV show ever!!!
6 February 2009 | by GreatnessequalsNicoleSee all my reviews

SeaChange is a rare and wonderful show that takes the viewer into the fictional, yet oddly familiar, town of Pearl Bay, where once you are there you never want to leave. The characters in the show are very real and are not unlike people you would meet in your everyday life. This is due to the fantastic casting of each of the characters, especially the leads, (Sigrid Thornton, David Wenham and William McInnes). With each new problem, and it always is a problem with Laura, Thornton plays the part wonderfully with alternating waves of pure joy and crippling sadness. McInnes also does a fabulous job as Max. Although I doubted whether McInnes and the character of Max would be anywhere near as good as Diver Dan, I am happy to say however, that my doubts were not at all an issue. He was fantastic! McInnes was a delight to watch whilst acting Max's character with his skeptic, hard exterior to his very soft and caring interior. Diver Dan however, played by Wenham, was a perfect character who was terribly hard not to fall in love with. From his great humour to raw emotional scenes Wenham is extremely compelling as the laid-back Diver Dan.

The brilliance of SeaChange however is owed to the excellent and flawless writing, principally by Andrew Knight and Deb Cox. With memorable lines in every episode to the exciting and hilarious structure of each episode, SeaChange makes for incredibly enjoyable viewing. The Kevin and Trevor scenes are often so ridiculous they are funny. This is especially the case in the Season 3 episode with Kevin's anecdote about his fear of ping-pong balls. It sent me into fits of uncontrollable laughter. The magic of the writing in SeaChange is also evident in many episodes when the character story relates to the court case Laura is currently judging.

SeaChange has a mysterious quality that makes the viewer feel as if they are part of the abstract town and that also it matters to them what is going on with Laura's relationships with Dan and Max.

The best TV-show ever made in Australia and it is highly likely nothing will ever rival this absolute golden series.

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