Hid­den agenda

Regina rocks Ge­orge and Sarah’s world when she agrees to grant him a di­vorce

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Star-crossed lovers no more, Ge­orge and Sarah are liv­ing a happy yet un­con­ven­tional life when we meet them again — un­til Regina makes con­tact. The vil­lain of sea­sons past wants to di­vorce Ge­orge, leav­ing ev­ery­one fear­ful that she’s back to her dirty tricks.

Brett Climo, who plays Ge­orge, says his char­ac­ter is des­per­ate to be­lieve that Regina (Jenni Baird) has changed. “She of­fers Ge­orge the op­por­tu­nity for the di­vorce, which comes out of nowhere and it com­pletely sur­prises him,” he ex­plains. “He’s very ea­ger. He just wants to marry Sarah — he wants to ac­tu­ally make this ex­is­tence they have le­gal.”

It’s in Ge­orge’s na­ture to look for the best in peo­ple and place his trust in them, lead­ing him to as­sume that Regina is not the vin­dic­tive ma­nip­u­la­tor she once was. Sarah (Marta Dus­sel­dorp), Carolyn (Sara Wise­man) and Eliz­a­beth (Noni Ha­zle­hurst) are all wary of Regina’s true mo­tives given the dam­age she’s caused in the past.

For Regina to go from plot­ting Sarah’s murder to giv­ing up the man she’s been ob­ses­sively in love with since she was a teenager is a big shift. But have all those years in a psy­chi­atric in­sti­tu­tion helped Regina re­cover from her in­san­ity?

Ge­orge would like to think so but it’s not the only chal­lenge he has to face in his re­la­tion­ship with Sarah this sea­son. Sarah’s re­li­gion be­comes a dif­fi­cult topic the cou­ple has to nav­i­gate. While Ge­orge has no prob­lem with Sarah be­ing Jewish there are many other fac­tors to con­tend with, par­tic­u­larly the at­ti­tudes to­wards Jewish peo­ple in a con­ser­va­tive post­war so­ci­ety.

“A re­ally strong driver for him this sea­son is he wants to present his fam­ily to the public so he does do that in Can­berra and it doesn’t go down well,” says Climo. “They’re not mar­ried, she’s Jewish but he’s will­ing to put that on the line.

“If he can’t be hon­est about these things then he’s ly­ing to his con­stituents — that’s a re­ally strong theme which once again goes back to the strength that he’s gained [over the course of the se­ries] to be who he is.”

And who Ge­orge is in 1958 — four years on from last sea­son — is a de­voted fam­ily man. Climo ex­plains

that the Ge­orge view­ers will see in sea­son five is more confident and happy — as long as he has Sarah and their son David, ev­ery­thing will be okay. “By see­ing him in that fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment he’s com­pletely re­laxed and we get to see a man re­ally en­joy­ing him­self and feel­ing won­der­fully com­fort­able in that en­vi­ron­ment,” he adds. “He’s al­ways go­ing to be a re­served man [and] he is cer­tain things to cer­tain peo­ple but I think he has this lovely lit­tle com­fort­able patch which is his fam­ily now. “Af­ter what he’s been through with Sarah, with los­ing her, hav­ing her back in his life, how lucky is he to have her and a child — I think all of that al­lows him to re­alise what’s im­por­tant to him.” Ge­orge and Sarah might start off the sea­son strong but un­til they know more about the po­ten­tially new and im­proved Regina, the di­vorce of­fer casts a dark shadow. And now with re­li­gion also be­com­ing a heated topic of con­ver­sa­tion the road ahead could be rocky.

But there is al­ways hope. “I think it’s a sea­son about hope and liv­ing for the mo­ment,” says Climo. “Each char­ac­ter in their own way con­fronts or­deals [so] I think the res­onat­ing colour [or] flavour for me is live for the mo­ment and hope — don’t give up.”

Sarah, Carolyn and Eliz­a­beth are all wary of Regina’s true mo­tives given the dam­age she’s caused in the past.

Sun­days at 8.30pm on FOXTEL’S SHOW­CASE ON HIS GUARD Ge­orge (Brett Climo) is glad to get Regina’s of­fer but won­ders about her real mo­ti­va­tions.

NEW LEAF? Regina (Jenni Baird) has gone from plot­ting Sarah’s murder to seem­ingly giv­ing up her ha­tred of Sarah and ob­ses­sion with Ge­orge — for now, at least. FAM­ILY MAN Ge­orge with Sarah (Marta Dus­sel­dorp) and their son David. “How lucky he is to have her and a child,” says Climo.

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