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Return to Eden 

Meet plain but privileged multi-millionairess Stephanie Harper, whose sole mistake is to fall for handsome young sporting hero Greg Marsden.




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Series cast summary:
Rebecca Gilling ...  Stephanie Harper & Tara Welles 3 episodes, 1983
James Reyne James Reyne ...  Greg Marsden 3 episodes, 1983
Wendy Hughes ...  Jilly Stewart 3 episodes, 1983
James Smillie ...  Dan Marshall 3 episodes, 1983
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ...  Joanna Randall 3 episodes, 1983
Nicole Pyner Nicole Pyner ...  Sarah Harper 3 episodes, 1983
Jayson Duncan Jayson Duncan ...  Dennis Harper 3 episodes, 1983
Jennifer Nairn-Smith Jennifer Nairn-Smith ...  Lisa 3 episodes, 1983
Jackie Byrne Jackie Byrne ...  Suzi 3 episodes, 1983
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ...  Katy Basklain 2 episodes, 1983
Chris Haywood ...  Jason Peebles 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ...  Bill McMaster 2 episodes, 1983
John Lee ...  Phillip Stewart 2 episodes, 1983
Charles McCallum Charles McCallum ...  Matey 2 episodes, 1983
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ...  Christopher 2 episodes, 1983
Steve Djati Yunipingu Steve Djati Yunipingu ...  Sam 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Freeman Paul Freeman ...  Jason's Assistant 2 episodes, 1983
Harry Jervis Harry Jervis ...  Sgt. Jim Gully 2 episodes, 1983


Wealthy but plain heiress Stephanie Harper marries handsome tennis player Greg Marsden, and thinks she has found true love. That is, until her husband makes a play for her best friend and plots to get rid of Stephanie so he can take her money by pushing her off a boat and into the waiting jaws of a crocodile. However, she survives the attack and, although horribly disfigured, spends months undergoing surgery to have her face repaired by a brilliant plastic surgeon. However, the now beautiful Stephanie no longer looks like the woman she once was. She returns to the city under the name Tara Welles to seek vengeance on her husband, who has told everyone she was taken by a crocodile, and is now waiting to inherit all of her money. Now, she can have revenge... Written by Sam Yeo <yosam2010@hotmail.com>

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Rebecca Gilling revealed in an interview that a real crocodile was spotted were she had spent hours shooting the fake crocodile attack. She learnt it after the scene was shot. See more »


The end credits list Joanna's surname as Randall, but it is spelled Randell on all on-screen references - including her own offices. See more »


Tara Welles: My name is Stephanie Harper, and this is Eden. Here, my father was king. On the day he died, 17 years ago, I was 23; lonely and afraid. If I'd known then of the nightmare that lay ahead, I think I'd have chosen to join him.
[opening credits narration]
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Victims of Crododile Attacks Can be Supermodels Too
13 May 2005 | by TheMikeJusticeSee all my reviews

I have very fond memories of watching this film every year during my childhood. This film has EVERYTHING! A frumpy, 40-something millionairess gets eaten by a crocodile, survives, pays for a very extensive plastic surgery & rehabilitation program with the money she gets from cashing in some opals at a pawn shop, and then become an international model. Choice scenes of edge-of-your-seat intrigue include her lunch date with Wendy Hughes, the woman who helped feed her to a crocodile. Fifteen pounds thinner with a Pat Benatar haircut, she is completely unrecognizable to her former best friend. Although Ms. Hughes does remark, "Hmm, Stephanie was a beer drinker...." Oh no! Two beer-drinking women in Australia! Do you think she knows?? Intrigue ensues.

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Release Date:

27 September 1983 (Australia) See more »

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AUD2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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