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Return to Eden

HANNA AND BARBERA venture into live action, but this appalling Antipodean Dynasty rip-off was no Banana Splits. Derided mini-series best known for REBECCA GILLING fighting an obviously rubber crocodile in a billabong. Show then got revived two years later as a much longer soap opera taking up the story seven years on. Original concept was camped up with a large dose of humour completely missed by its broadsheet critics who declared it a new low in TV drama. Every soap cliche in the book (plastic surgery, fake deaths, lovers discovering they’re siblings etc) tossed in as the plot got more outrageous by the week. The stars were the two villains: Jake, the original villain’s never previously mentioned brother (DANIEL ABINERI) and REBECCA GILLING’s treacherous friend now revealed as her half-sister Jilly,re-cast in a stroke of genius as the gorgeous PETA “Karen Travers from Prisoner” TOPPANO who played her as a spiteful child in a woman’s body.

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