BIRTHS, DEATHS AND A SHOCKING MIX-UP!
Australia’s favourite drama, Love Child, is back for it's fourth season.
Viewers will welcome back their favourites, including multiple Logie Award-winner Jessica Marais (Dr Joan Millar), Mandy McElhinney (Matron), Miranda Tapsell (Martha), Harriet Dyer (Patty), Sophie Hensser (Viv) and Andrew Ryan (Dr Simon Bowditch).
It’s 1972 and eight months since we last saw Dr Joan Miller (Marais), who is now heavily pregnant and fighting for her right to continue her career after the birth of her child. But she encounters a major obstacle in the form of charismatic Dr Andrew Patterson (Hamill), a Vietnam veteran and her new boss at Kings Cross General Hospital.
Matron’s control of Stanton House is tested by three pregnant teens that play havoc with the rules: Debbie (Sophia Forrest), a hell-raiser from a privileged family; Elena (Danielle Catanzariti), an Italian migrant whose pregnancy threatens the safety of her relatives in Australia and Italy and Rita (Darcie Irwin-Simpson), a novice nun who has a mysterious “immaculate conception”, just what is the mother of this miracle child hiding?
Meanwhile, the older Stanton House girls embrace the opportunities and challenges of life in 1970s Kings Cross. Patty is brimming in the success of her
crèche, Martha forges a career in the hospital while revelling in her new role as a doctor’s wife, and Viv is a respected nurse determined to buck
This series will also see a shocking mistake and cover-up by Matron that threatens to destroy lives and careers. How long can she carry on with the burden of this secret?
Joining the cast this season is world-renowned recording artist Ronan Keating (Dr Lawrence Faber), along with Dan Hamill (Dr Andrew Patterson), Danielle Catanzariti (Elena), Darcie Irwin-Simpson (Rita), Sophia Forrest (Debbie) and Matt Day (Father Ross).
Keating is no stranger to Australian screens, joining Love Child off the back of a successful stint as a coach on The Voice season five in 2016.
“I'm very excited to be returning to Australia to join the incredible cast of the award-winning Nine drama, Love Child, for a special appearance in the new series. Australia and the amazing people there have been incredibly welcoming to me over the past 25 years, it always feels like home, so it's great to get the chance to show them another side of what I do,” Ronan said.
Love Child is produced by Playmaker for the Nine Network, with executive producers Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney, David Maher, David Taylor and Sarah Smith and
producer Sue Seeary, with the assistance of Screen NSW and Screen Australia.
"Viewers of all ages will fall in love with the fresh new faces and gripping stories in season four of Love Child. It's an exciting new era for the characters of Kings Cross Hospital and we're thrilled to bring audiences the new series of Australia's most compelling drama," said Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, Heads of Drama for the Nine Network.
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