Jan. 17, 1988
Returning Series
20 min.
Seven TV Network

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Home and Away (AU)

"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness, and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia.

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  • As of 2009, Ray Meagher (Alf) is the longest-serving cast member, as well as remains the only original cast member still on the show since it's premiere in 1988 (Kate Richie (Sally) left the show in the early part of the 2008 season, and Norman Coburn (Fisher) left in 2003). Other long serving cast members include Lynne McGranger (since 1992) and Ada Nicodemou (since 2000). Lynn Collingwood was also a recurring cast member (appearing during the 1988-1989 seasons) however she left the show for a number of years before returning briefly in 1997, and again in 1999 as permanent cast member
  • Of all the homes, shops, clubs and other locations that have featured in the show since its inception, as of the 2008 season the Summer Bay Caravan Park residence remains the only set that still remains and maintains more or less the same appearance from when the show premiered in 1988. The only other locations that have also been used throughout the series are the Summer Bay Surf Club and Summer Bay High School however they have undergone extensive set redesigns over the years. The Summer Bay Diner was introduced in the show's 2nd season and had also been a mainstay of the show but has had three separate incarnations following a fire (2000) and land subsidence (2008), respectively
  • The reason Tasha only spoke pig Latin was that Isabel Lucas who played Tasha had been spotted on a street and, lacking acting experience, was slowly introduced into the action by not having to say much.
  • Of the seventeen original cast members (one still remains today), all but four have reprised their roles on the show since their initial departures. All have reappeared at least twice, except for three (Ailsa, Bobby and Tom) who came back as "ghosts" after their characters were killed-off. The original characters who have not returned are Neville McPhee and Lynn Davenport, as well as Justine Clarke as Roo Stewart (the character returned twenty years later, played now by Georgie Parker ) and Vanessa Downing who played Pippa (the role was recast after her departure, and her successor has reappeared as the character, following her own departure, since). Neville McPhee was killed-off off-screen in 2000. His portrayer, Frank Lloyd (III), passed away in 1995 and the decision was made not to recast him. The producers attempted to bring back Helena Bozich (Lynn) several times starting in 2000, but they have never been able to locate her.
  • Sheila Kennelly and Frank Lloyd (III) who played original characters Floss and Neville McPhee were let go from the show when their contracts expired at the end of the first year because the producers felt more time needed to be focused on the younger cast members. The producers did not tell them until the last minute, but both had already found out by reading about their character's departures in a TV soap magazine. The executive producer at the time said he hoped they could be brought back in future episodes as special guests, but this never occurred, with them only being mentioned by other characters from time-to-time. Ultimately, Sheila Kennelly did return in 2000, and has returned a few more times since, however by this time Frank Lloyd (III) had passed away, so the decision was made to kill his character off and not recast (off-screen). The same thing happened to original cast member Helena Bozich, who after just four months was let go because the producers wanted to focus more time on the other younger cast members. It was planned, however, that she would make a dramatic return some weeks later, but this never eventuated.
  • When the recurring character of Alan Fisher (Simon Kay) was killed-off, the producers later regretted their decision due to a fan back-lash. Several ideas were penned where the actor could make a believable return, including one where a movie was made of Alan's novel, "The Crest of a Wave", which was published posthumously, and Simon would show up as another character "with a mustache" to audition for the lead, stunning other cast members with his resemblance to the dead Alan. These ideas however never came to fruition, as new permanent characters were being introduced at the same time.
  • Hayley's (Bec Cartwright) pregnancy was written for the show before Bec Cartwright found out she really was pregnant. She was replaced by Ella Scott Lynch who played the part for the remainder of the year.
  • Jamie Dunn and Ross Higgins auditioned for the role of Alf Stewart.
  • Summer Bay resident Mrs Peters, played by Gwen Plumb, only appeared in the pilot episode. By the time the green light was given for a full series the actress had elected instead to become a founding member of Ten's Richmond Hill (AU) cast, as Mum Foote; the series ran a year. Mrs Peters was reworked into the much-younger Celia Stewart.
  • In July 2009 the mayor of Sydney's Pittwater Council presented the cast and crew with the keys to Palm Beach in recognition of the series' 21st anniversary (the beach being a major shooting location). At the Cargo Bar celebration Ray Meagher declared, tongue-in-cheek: "Home and Away is the most financially successful product in the history of the Seven Network. Artistically, some people might argue."
  • Debra Lawrance replaced Vanessa Downing as Pippa Fletcher in 1990, but to this day the show continues to use both actresses' likeness in flashbacks and photographs throughout the series, possibly the only television serial to do so.
  • Jackie Woodburne, who currently plays Susan Kennedy on 'Neighbours (1985)_.', auditioned for the role of Pippa Ross, when the character was recast in 1990. She lost the role to Debra Lawrance, who she was shortlisted with, the 2 became good friends and are still friends.
  • The only year to have not featured a "death" in H&A is 1994.
  • After the successful introduction of Cornelia Frances as Morag Bellingham shortly after the show started, plans were made to have Rowena Wallace also guest star in an effort to reunite the two actresses who were a smash hit as clashing sisters Barbara and Patricia Hamilton on earlier Channel 7 soap Sons and Daughters. Wallace however was busy at the time, and despite producers holding on to the idea for another year, the plans never eventuated. The possible role for Wallace at that time was never revealed. Eleven years later, Wallace finally joined the cast as recurring character June Reynolds, who went on to marry Donald Fisher, himself having had a long and bitter history with Morag since the show began.
  • First appearance of Celia Stewart.
  • Final regular appearance of Lynn Davenport.
  • Dropped from its initial ITV airing due the nature of the storyline baring similarity the 1996 Dunblane Tragedy and was not show on British Television until Living decided to repeat the 1996 season in 2001.
  • Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas both went on to star in the 2012 remake of the 1984 film "Red Dawn".
  • The writers split Matilda and Lucas up in the show because the actors had begun dating in real life, and they thought it would be awkward if the two split up in reality but had to pretend they were still in a relationship on the show.
  • This on-going storyline, concerning an adult venue with female strippers, caused a few headlines in the Australian media as this was an early evening soap with young kids watching. A few months after this episode aired in Australia, it was no longer a case of some episodes getting a PG-Rating but now ALL episodes were being given a PG-Rating instead of a G-Rating.
  • Final regular appearance of Martin Dibble.
  • Final regular appearance of Lance Smart.
  • Final regular appearance of Celia Stewart.
  • Final appearance of Tom Fletcher. He would return as a "ghost" for one episode eighteen years later.

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