Return to Eden was an Australian mini-series and subsequent weekly television series starring Rebecca Gilling, James Reyne (who was also a singer with pop band Australian Crawl), Wendy Hughes and James Smillie. The miniseries aired on Network Ten in 1983 whereas the weekly series aired in 1986.
The show's ratings had not been high enough to justify a renewal so this cliffhanger was never initially resolved for Australian audiences. The actors playing Stephanie, Jilly and Dennis were later brought back to film a hasty conclusion to the various unresolved story threads. Dennis' abductor, revealed as his half-brother and Stephanie's long-lost son Chris, quickly abandoned his plan to hold Dennis to ransom when he learned Stephanie had been arrested for Jake's murder. Chris had in fact been following Stephanie so had witnessed the shooting incident from the bedroom balcony, and what's more had photographs that proved what had really happened. He quickly cleared Stephanie who was released while Jilly was arrested for murder. This new ending was never seen in the original Australian run and only included in the version of the last episode that was sold internationally. Network 10 repeated the series twice in the 1990s and at least one screening contained the revised ending.
Return To Eden was screened in the UK on ITV where it was a huge hit during the summer of 1986. The 1986 transmission also ended with the original cliffhanger, as did the 1989 repeat screening on the then ITV Night-Time service. However, the newer ending was screened many years later when the series was repeated on UK satellite television, primarily the now defunct Granada Plus, which showed it twice.
Kaleidoscope Film has released the original 1983 mini-series as two "Region 0" discs. Unfortunately, even though the packaging states "Digitally Enhanced", the picture quality of the discs actually leaves a lot to be desired and certainly is reproduced from many generations of copies down from the master. Bonus extras on the discs include interviews with Rebecca Gilling and James Reyne in 2001.
The 1986 series was released as a six disc set by MRA Entertainment. Marked as “Region 4” on the packaging and discs, it is actually encoded as "Region 0" and consequently will play on any PAL DVD player. Although the picture quality is generally better than the mini-series, there is some tape distortion and interference on some of the episodes during the series. The episodes end on the newer 'zoom-in' Worldvision logo except for the final episode which uses the original 'scroll' logo. The set does not include the extra ending to tie up the loose ends – leaving the last episode with the unresolved original cliffhanger ending. This particular episode is in original form with the original Worldvision 'scroll' logo at the end, a dead give away that it is not the re-edited version. An international version of this episode containing the new ending was made available to new broadcasters who wished to buy and show the series complete, this version has Chris Harvey listed as Chris after the opening credits, plus there are two names listed as Producer, the second being Arch Nicholson. The new re-edited version of the final episode uses the newer 'zoom-in' Worldvision logo. One wonders why the newer re-edited episode was not used on the DVD boxset leaving the series complete!?
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