Entertainment: Sons and Daughters

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Entertainment: Sons and Daughters Gender: N/A
Australian TV series
born on 18 January 1982 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone AEDT h11e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 27°54' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°41 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°07'

Entertainment: Sons and Daughters
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Australian Logie Award-winning soap opera and drama serial best remembered for its over-the-top storylines and dramatic, and often hilarious, cliffhangers. One such cliffhanger featured character Alison Carr (Belinda Giblin) being bitten by a venomous snake, which had been hidden in a wall safe that Alison broke into to steal documents from villain Wayne Hamilton (Ian Rawlings). Though the snake used, a python, would have a non-lethal bite, that storyline featuring the infamous snake cliffhanger was often credited as a way to try and increase ratings for the show. Another rather spurious storyline featured a bomb being hidden in the bottom of wheelchair that killed off Barney Adams, a love interest of Fiona Thompson, when it exploded. The show gained a cult following and has been repeated more than once in both Australian and international territories such as the U.K.

Ratings for the show would be very high for the first three years, but following the departure of Rowena Wallace in early 1985 to pursue other acting opportunities, ratings quickly began to decline, and a clever idea was put in play for Wallace's character Patricia Hamilton to return to the soap played by another actress. In mid-1985, new actress to the show Belinda Giblin arrived as Alison Carr, the new identity of Patricia, who had plastic surgery in Rio de Janeiro to escape from authorities who were looking for her in Australia for supposedly murdering a wealthy millionaire's son named Luke Carlyle, who had embezzled his father's and Patricia's firm. Patricia used this new identity to regain entry into Australia and with an instant boost to viewership figures watching the storyline the show was deemed to be saved from cancellation. However, when Wallace returned to the show in its final season, as Patricia's/Alison's twin, Pamela, ratings began to slide and after six successful years the show ended in 1987 and would be replaced with new half-hour soap Home and Away, created by Alan Bateman, and featuring former Sons and Daughters screenwriter Bevan Lee.

Sons and Daughters was created by Reg Watson, inspired by glossy US prime-time soaps Dallas and Dynasty, and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday 18 January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the following week in Brisbane and Adelaide. The final episode was screened in Sydney on Sunday 27 December 1987 and in Melbourne on Sunday 10 January 1988.

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  • associate relationship with Frances, Cornelia (born 7 April 1941). Notes: Played Barbara Armstrong/Hamilton, 1982-1986
  • associate relationship with Giblin, Belinda (born 2 March 1950). Notes: Played Allison Carr, 1985-1987
  • associate relationship with Haddy, Anne (born 5 October 1930). Notes: Played Rosie Andrews/Palmer, 1982, 1983–1984, 1985
  • associate relationship with James, Ken (born 16 November 1948). Notes: Played Mike O'Brien, 1984-1985
  • associate relationship with Richards, Tom (born 22 March 1948). Notes: Played David Palmer, 1982-1987
  • associate relationship with Tate, Nick (born 18 June 1942). Notes: Played James Hamilton, 1985-1986
  • associate relationship with Wallace, Rowena (born 23 August 1947). Notes: Played "Pat the Rat" Patricia Hamilton/Morrell/Palmer, 1982-1985, 1987

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes TV guide, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January 1982.


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