The Sullivans

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Have bought myself the first DVD set of the Australian soap The Sullivans, 50 episodes I believe, have not seen it before so thought it would be worth a go. Has anyone else watched this all the way? any highlights to look out for?
 

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I haven't seen the whole thing (I'd very much like to) but I have fond memories of watching the occasional episode on ITV during school lunches in the Eighties. My main memory is of Vivienne Gray's Mrs Jessop. Her episodes were still airing at the same time as her much newer Neighbours episodes.


any highlights to look out for?

I don't know about highlights, but a video I recently watched touched on a risque stage direction two actors on the show were given (I know you'll recognise at least one of them!).

They talk about meeting on the set at 55 seconds and it's all The Sullivans from then but it's got a few spoilers. Skip to 1:20 if you don't want to know about a character's death, and perhaps skip altogther and come back to it if you're bothered about knowing who pairs up with whom:

 

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It's acutally still airing on German tv weekdays at 6pm. I never really watched it. Sometimes I tune in, but I don't really stick with it.
 

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I remember seeing the occasional one at lunchtime in the 80s at my grandmas house but not watched all the way through
Can you imagine how spoiled we’d all have been in the 80s! With the Australian soaps daytime then our own early evening then the American ones prime time! My sky planner wood have been overloaded ha ha
 

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Does anybody remember Taurus Rising? It was originally intended by Nine to be a replacement for The Sullivans, but then turned into a weekly soap. I know I watched it, but I can't recall any storylines.
 

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Does anybody remember Taurus Rising? It was originally intended by Nine to be a replacement for The Sullivans, but then turned into a weekly soap. I know I watched it, but I can't recall any storylines.
I've never seen it beyond a clip on YouTube but I read about it in an Australian soap book that I have. It sounds like a classic "doomed from the start" production as they struggled to define what the series was about (including refusing to call it a "soap" and struggling to explain the name to the press), had technical issues with production and then rushed it to air earlier than planned which necessitated reshoots. When it finally went to air, the premiere bombed against Brideshead Revisited and Prisoner (another Grundy production) and after a few weeks, it lost it's primetime slot to Love Boat reruns and was shoved off to Friday nights to see out it's days. Because they were able to provide closure at the end of the series, it was sold overseas as a miniseries and apparently was a huge hit in Turkey and got decent reviews in the US.

Reading about it, it kind of reminds me of the situation with last year's soapy flop Between Two Worlds. Where the concept and opening plot was that convoluted that they couldn't give too much away when discussing it and as a result, didn't describe it very well in the promo interviews.
 

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Taurus Rising seems to be some kind of black hole. Just one clip on You Tube, no episode summary online. I remember collecting clippings from the show with episode summaries, so I must have liked it somehow. In German the show was called Who sows hate (Wer Hass sät) - don't know if this title is much better than the original one.
 

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Taurus Rising seems to be some kind of black hole. Just one clip on You Tube, no episode summary online. I remember collecting clippings from the show with episode summaries, so I must have liked it somehow. In German the show was called Who sows hate (Wer Hass sät) - don't know if this title is much better than the original one.
Probably the same black hole that Pacific Drive and Something In The Air have been swallowed by. There's so many of the short-lived Aussie soaps of the 80's and 90's that don't have the same sort of online presence as their US counterparts, which I'm guessing is down to them not being aired beyond their initial run.
 

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I had heard of Taurus Rising but had never seen it, wouldn't mind seeing some complete episodes, it had a decent enough cast with the likes of Diane Craig, Maurie Fields, Betty Lucas, Olivia Hamnett, Michael Long, the clip from youtube (mentioned above) can be found here


I also found these clips of interest:

POSSESSION

PACIFIC DRIVE

SOMETHING IN THE AIR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_2pZ1VO_E

FAMILY AND FRIENDS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HRhOzAKvpA

GP (Full episode)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7cY8TCb0a8

CHANCES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCCLCxeyb90&t=50s

PARADISE BEACH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA63yHovgr4

THE POWER, THE PASSION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqyOfiXMmJ8

HOLIDAY ISLAND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_rdFJwIGJ4

ECHO POINT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CSGSRhMyjY
 

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The Sullivans... I have the complete series and one of the best Australian soaps ever. Amazing acting, storylines, ... a true family saga and yes it has PLENTY of highlights throughout but wouldn't want to spoil that for anyone that hasn't seen it... So enjoy it because it was one of a kind!
 

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Reading about it, it kind of reminds me of the situation with last year's soapy flop Between Two Worlds. Where the concept and opening plot was that convoluted that they couldn't give too much away when discussing it and as a result, didn't describe it very well in the promo interviews.
This is what frustrates me most when producers believe they need to create some shock/scandal/secret to entice people to watch but then the actors lips are sealed when conducting interviews to promote the upcoming series. The downside to this is when that shock/scandal/secret is revealed, viewers will shrug their shoulders and say, "That was it?" Then the premise of the series goes down the toilet because this is what the producers/writers have built the entire series on.

Looking at series past not many were created this way. When we look at the Patriarch of Soaps - Dallas - it began with a simple story of a young couple just married. How shocking! However the writing allowed the story and characters to grow organically unlike some series today where characters (from the outset) are shoved down your throat without us understanding why they are doing the things they do.
 

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Believe it or not, The Sullivans is the only international daily soap that is currently airing "new" episodes on German TV. Repeats have been aired for years, but newly dubbed episodes (starting with episode 737) have been aired since the beginning of December. I tune in sometimes, but never stick with it. Despite the unique chance to watch an old daily soap, The Sullivans unfortunately don't captivate me.
 

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I've said it before but that intro music for The Power, The Passion is awful. Sounds like supermarket muzak from the 80's / 90's.
The Power The Passion was strangled at birth even with the theme, as in Sydney and Melbourne it faced The Bold and The Beautiful in the same 1pm timeslot.

Didn't help the lead in was Bert Newton, who had it hard too as he was up against Midday with Ray Martin and Santa Barbara.
 

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I had heard of Taurus Rising but had never seen it, wouldn't mind seeing some complete episodes, it had a decent enough cast with the likes of Diane Craig, Maurie Fields, Betty Lucas, Olivia Hamnett, Michael Long, the clip from youtube (mentioned above) can be found here


I also found these clips of interest:

POSSESSION

PACIFIC DRIVE

SOMETHING IN THE AIR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_2pZ1VO_E

FAMILY AND FRIENDS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HRhOzAKvpA

GP (Full episode)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7cY8TCb0a8

CHANCES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCCLCxeyb90&t=50s

PARADISE BEACH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA63yHovgr4

THE POWER, THE PASSION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqyOfiXMmJ8

HOLIDAY ISLAND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_rdFJwIGJ4

ECHO POINT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CSGSRhMyjY
Taurus Rising and Possession were killed by awful timeslots.

TR faced Prisoner (putting Grundy up against themselves), which had just brought Maggie Kirkpatrick in to shake it up.

Possession was the same - despite a lead in from Sale of The Century, it was pitted against Sons and Daughters (a fellow Grundy soap) and the sci-fi saga V in the main markets of Sydney and Melbourne, and against SAD and Carson's Law in others. In Adelaide, it aired at 8.30pm against movies due to SAD and The A-Team airing at 7.30pm (a TV bloopers show followed SOTC).
 
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