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The series was a continuation of the three part mini-series, Return to Eden (1983), transmitted in Australia in 1983. The storyline was set seven years after the ending of the mini-series, and several of the original cast members reprised their roles for the TV series, though the roles of Stephanie's two children were recast as they were now grown. See more »
Following the wild success of the 1983 miniseries Return To Eden came back a couple of years later in the guise of a glossy weekly serial.
Set seven years after the original Stephanie is back and an old enemy is trying to bring her world crashing down.
This series of Return to Eden is much more like American dramas of the same era, namely Dynasty, Falcon Crest, etc, but with more wit and a cast who seem to play their roles with their tongues slightly in cheek.
The plots are typical of 80s excess - company takeovers, faked deaths, and bedroom scenes galore.
Peta Toppano steals the show as Jilly Stewart, delivering her bitchy lines with camp exuberance whilst wearing ever more amazingly over the top costumes as the series progresses. All of the cast are great but special mentions have to go to the lovely Rebecca Gilling playing Stephanie, and James Smillie as her husband Dan Marshall who delivers all of his lines in a true matinée idol style.
This series came to an abrupt ending after just 22 episodes due to poor ratings in it's native Australia and allegedly because the show was so expensive to produce.
If you love your soaps to be glamorous, your story lines over the top and your shoulder pads huge then Return to Eden is the show for you!
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