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Devil's Playground

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Air weekdate: Tuesday
Genre: Drama
Channel: Showcase (AU)
Status: Ended
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Andrew McFarlane Andrew McFarlane as Father Marco Andrassi
John Noble John Noble as Bishop John McNally
Toni Collette Toni Collette as Margaret Wallace MP
Anna Lise-Phillips Anna Lise-Phillips as Alice Kelly
Don Hany Don Hany as Bishop Vincent Quaid
Jack Thompson Jack Thompson as Cardinal Constantine Neville
Jarin Towney Jarin Towney as Elliot Darcy
Simon Burke Simon Burke as Tom Allen

The year is 1988. It is 35 years after the events of Fred Schepisi’s classic film, The Devil’s Playground. Tom Allen, now in his 40s and recently widowed, is a respected Sydney psychiatrist and father of two children. A practicing Catholic, Tom accepts an offer by the Bishop of Sydney to become a counselor of priests. During these sessions, he will uncover a scandal and become embroiled in the Church’s attempts to cover it up. Tom’s quest for justice will push him to his limits, and reveal a side of Church power and official corruption he could never have imagined.

Remember that Tom Allen is a student of the seminary was the protagonist of the eponymous classic Australian film of 1976 year. And now, this mini-series called Devil's Playground season 1 describes the events taking place many years later when Tom stepped over a strip of adulthood. He is now in his forties and he works psychiatrist. Not so long ago he was a widower and two children left in his care. Tom has an excellent reputation. One day he receives an invitation to become a consultant to the Catholic Church. Accepting the invitation he realized that with his consent dragged himself into the political and religious intrigue. The protagonist discovers the other side of the Catholic Church which is contrary to all the deeds that are available to the human gaze. To avoid theological scandal Tom Allen understands that he must work hard. As it turned out, his opponent is a serious person. It only complicates the whole process and now to resist encroachment on his freedom and independence a man has to go the hard way. Will Tom drop from himself the burden of responsibility?

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