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Return to Eden 

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 ... See full summary »




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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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27 September 1983 (Australia) See more »

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Return to Eden See more »


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AUD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Tara Welles: I need an agent. Someone who can get me on the cover of Vogue in six months.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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The impossible has been achieved; Aaron Spelling now seems like Norman Rosemont.
17 February 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Norman Rosemont specialises in extremely classy television productions; Aaron Spelling... doesn't. But "Return To Eden," a daft but successful bid to show Australian TV could produce glossy trash just as well as its US counterpart, makes everything he's ever done seem like a gem in comparison (with the exception of "Charmed," which is quite good in its own right).

The three-part miniseries ended with the now transformed Tara triumphant alongside the plastic surgeon who became her lover, and her villainous ex dead and gone; the subsequent and sub-standard series saw most of the cast return, with Peta Toppano replacing Wendy Hughes as the scheming Jilly. Cue riches, boardroom backstabbing, fantastic scenery, beautiful people (well, sort of...), and jaw-droppingly bad writing and acting. And crocodiles in the pool(!).

The miniseries, by the way, was produced by Hanna Barbera Australia. That explains a lot.

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