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Love My Way is a Logie Award-winning and critically acclaimed Australian television drama program. It won the AFI award for Best Television Drama Series for each of its three seasons (2004–2007).

Love My Way
Love My Way intertitle
Created byJohn Edwards
Claudia Karvan
Jacquelin Perske
StarringClaudia Karvan
Asher Keddie
Brendan Cowell
Dan Wyllie
Sam Worthington
Max Cullen
Ben Mendelsohn
Lynette Curran
Justine Clarke
Sam Parsonson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producer(s)Kim Vecera
Hugh Marks
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Group
Original networkFOX8 (Season 1)
W (Season 2)
Showtime (Season 3)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release22 November 2004 –
19 March 2007
Related showsThe Secret Life of Us (2001–2005)
External links
Production website


Set in Sydney, Love My Way was about a group of 30-somethings dealing with the ups and downs of life. The series revolves around an extended family unit - Frankie Paige and Charlie Jackson are the separated parents of Lou, and Frankie also lives with Charlie's brother, Tom. As the series began, Charlie's new wife Julia is about to have their first child. Frankie's mother, Di and Charlie's mother, Brenda, and father, Gerry, also have a strong presence in the ongoing story, as does Julia's ex-lover Howard, who enters into a relationship with Frankie.


Produced by John Edwards and Claudia Karvan, Love My Way starred Karvan, Sam Worthington, Dan Wyllie, Asher Keddie, Brendan Cowell, and Alex Cook. As the program was made for subscription television in Australia, it contained stronger material than most Australian programs: regular swearing, drug use and sexual references.

When the series was launched, much was made of the connection between Love My Way and The Secret Life of Us: both sharing a star, as well as significant creative talent (Edwards and Perske both were involved in Secret Life, as were series writers like Tony McNamara). However, the series is not a continuation of Secret Life, although it does share some thematic concerns.

The star of the series, Claudia Karvan, is also a co-producer, along with having written for the series. Brendan Cowell, who appears as Tom, also worked as script writer for two episodes of seasons 1 and three episodes of season 2.

On first airing, the theme song originally by The Psychedelic Furs, this time covered by Magic Dirt, played over the title sequence. Some scenes were filmed on location at the infamously dangerous Cromwell Park.

Subscription televisionEdit

The series premiered on FOX8 on 22 November 2004 during the late summer months when commercial TV is in a non-ratings period.[1] During the second season it was moved to W. Channel. In 2007, for its third season, it screened on Showtime. Foxtel has been criticised for moving the show to different channels to encourage viewing of the W. Channel and then for moving the program to Showtime which is not included in the basic package of subscription television in Australia.[2]


Main castEdit

Recurring/guest starsEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonChannelEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1FOX81022 November 2004 (2004-11-22)31 January 2005 (2005-01-31)
2W125 February 2006 (2006-02-05)23 April 2006 (2006-04-23)
3Showtime826 February 2007 (2007-02-26)19 March 2007 (2007-03-19)


(Episode information retrieved from Australian Television Information Archive).[3][4][5]

Season 1 (2004-05)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Don't Tell Me Your Dreams"Jessica HobbsJacquelin Perske22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)
22"What's In A Name"Jessica HobbsTony McNamara22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)
33"Crazy Love"Jessica HobbsJacquelin Perske & Marissa Cooke29 November 2004 (2004-11-29)
44"Spin Cycle"Ian WatsonBrendan Cowell6 December 2004 (2004-12-06)
55"Stick Sisters"Ian WatsonLouise Fox13 December 2004 (2004-12-13)
66"To Dance With Death"Ian WatsonFiona Seres20 December 2004 (2004-12-20)
77"My Family Up A Tree"n/aBrendan Cowell10 January 2005 (2005-01-10)
88"A Different Planet"Jessica HobbsLouise Fox17 January 2005 (2005-01-17)
99"Only Mortal"Jessica HobbsJacquelin Perske24 January 2005 (2005-01-24)
1010"Garden Of Love"Jessica HobbsFiona Seres31 January 2005 (2005-01-31)

Season 2 (2006)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"More To Tell"Shirley BarrettJacquelin Perske5 February 2006 (2006-02-05)
122"The Christmas Thing"Shirley BarrettTony McNamara12 February 2006 (2006-02-12)
133"When Wanting Works"Shirley BarrettBlake Ayshford19 February 2006 (2006-02-19)
144"No Immunity"Garth DavisLouise Fox26 February 2006 (2006-02-26)
155"Old Wounds"Garth DavisFiona Seres5 March 2006 (2006-03-05)
166"I Know You"Garth DavisBrendan Cowell12 March 2006 (2006-03-12)
177"Tower of Love"Geoff BennettBrendan Cowell, Fiona Seres & Tony McNamara19 March 2006 (2006-03-19)
188"Crossing The Line"Geoff BennettSarah Lambert26 March 2006 (2006-03-26)
199"Amphibians"Geoff BennettBrendan Cowell2 April 2006 (2006-04-02)
2010"One Big Happy"Omar MadhaTony McNamara9 April 2006 (2006-04-09)
2111"Five Minutes of Fame"Omar MadhaFiona Seres16 April 2006 (2006-04-16)
2212"You're Almost There"Omar MadhaLousie Fox & Jacquelin Perske23 April 2006 (2006-04-23)

Season 3 (2007)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"I'm The King of the Castle"Ian WatsonBrendan Cowell26 February 2007 (2007-02-26)
242"Cold Blooded Creatures"Ian WatsonTony McNamara26 February 2007 (2007-02-26)
253"Say What You Mean"Shirley BarrettFiona Seres5 March 2007 (2007-03-05)
264"Together Apart"Shirley BarrettLouise Fox5 March 2007 (2007-03-05)
275"The Cemetery Gates"Kate DennisBrendan Cowell12 March 2007 (2007-03-12)
286"Cars Without Brakes"Kate DennisTony McNamara12 March 2007 (2007-03-12)
297"Running With Crabs"Emma FreemanFiona Seres19 March 2007 (2007-03-19)
308"And in the End"Emma FreemanBrendan Cowell, Tony McNamara & Fiona Seres19 March 2007 (2007-03-19)

Awards and nominationsEdit

AACTA AwardsEdit

2015 Wins

  • AACTA Subscription Television 20th Anniversary Award for Best Drama (one-off award)[6]

Australian Film Institute AwardsEdit

The program has won many Australian Film Institute Awards.

2005 Wins

  • Best Television Drama Series
  • Best Direction in Television (for Jessica Hobbs)
  • Best Television Screenplay
  • Best Actress in Television (for Claudia Karvan)
  • Best Supporting Actor in Television (for Max Cullen).

2005 Nominations

  • Best Actor for Dan Wyllie
  • Best Achievement in Screen Craft - Cinematography - for Louis Irving

2006 Wins

  • Best Television Drama Series,[7] making it the first show to win that title over two consecutive years in AFI history.

2006 Nominations

2007 Wins

  • Best Television Drama Series
  • Best Actress in Television (for Claudia Karvan)

2007 Nominations

TV Week Logie AwardsEdit

2005 Wins

  • Most Outstanding Australian Drama

2005 Nominations

2006 Wins

2006 Nominations

2007 Wins

  • Most Outstanding Australian Drama

2007 Nominations

2008 Nominations



  • The series also has been nominated at almost every Australian television awards. At the ASTRA Awards (recognising talent in Cable television) it won awards in 2005 and 2006 for Claudia Karvan, Dan Wyllie and Best Drama Program. Asher Keddie and Daniel Wyllie won acting awards in 2007, and the show won Best Drama Program for a third consecutive year. In 2008 Claudia Karvan won her third ASTRA for the series. In its four years, the series was nomination for a total of 25 ASTRAs including nominations for stars Alex Cook, Brendan Cowell and Ben Mendelsohn.

Australian Cinematographers Society AwardsEdit

2005 Nominations

  • Cinematographer Louis Irving was nominated for Best Cinematography in Television

Australian Screen Music AwardsEdit

2005 Wins

  • Composer Stephen Rae won Best Music for Television

Screen Sound Awards for Best Achievement in SoundEdit

2005, 2006, 2007 Nominated

  • Best Sound In A Drama Series

Australian Directors Guild AwardsEdit

2007 Nominated

  • Outstanding Direction in Television

Australian Editors Guild AwardsEdit

2007 Nominations

  • Outstanding Editing in Television Drama

Australian Writers Guild AwardEdit

2008 Nominations

  • Outstanding Screenplay: Brendan Cowell for episode "The Cemetery Gates"

2007 Wins

  • Outstanding Screenplay: Tony McNamara for episode "Cold Blooded Creatures"

2007 Nominations

  • Outstanding Screenplay: Brendan Cowell for episode "The King of the Castle"

2006 Nominations

2005 Wins

  • Outstanding Screenplay: Louise Fox for episode "A Different Planet"

2005 Nominations

International airingsEdit

Love My Way was aired as a primetime show in the UK on Five's spin-off channel Five Life (Now Fiver). In Sweden it airs on channel 4 (TV4) on Thursday evenings and it also aired in Ireland on RTÉ Two in the early hours of Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is also screened in Estonia on ETV during Sunday evenings, and in New Zealand on TVNZ Channel 2 during late Monday evenings. As well, Super Channel (Canada) carries Love My Way. In Mexico is screened on Cosmopolitan. The Netherlands as well.


  1. ^ Jinman, Richard (18 November 2004). "Love, warts and all". The Age. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  2. ^ Knox, David (24 February 2007). "First Review: Love My Way". TV Tonight. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Episode Guide: Love My Way - season 1". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Episode Guide: Love My Way - season 2". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Episode Guide: Love My Way - season 3". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  6. ^ "5th AACTA Awards All Winners Announced". AACTA. 9 December 2015. Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  7. ^ Australian Film Institute Archived July 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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