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Sons & Daughters Watching/rewatching/discussing The Aussie Hit Show

Discussion in 'Australian & New Zealand Soaps' started by JROG, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Willie Oleson

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    Terry in the shower, it's not a dream!
     
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    I appreciate the thorough research you've put into this, Willie.

    The blurb for the video says he was "hailed to be the next James Bond". That would have really taken the "rapist to hero" plan to another level, wouldn't it?
     
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    I watched this scene today and yes, Beryl's dazed "Oh my God" really stood out.

    I never thought I'd say this, but Jeff is really good fun to watch. He's just such a hopeless, lifeless, neurotic mess. You never know what he's going to make a complete balls-up of next -- alcoholism, spying, suicide -- it's like watching Claudia Blaisdel played by a piece of string.

    His poor mother Heather tries to be so cheerful in spite of everything. It's like she wakes up every morning convinced she's dreamt the whole show and that she and her family are living happily in Ramsay Street, only to have to face the awful truth all over again.

    Jim O'Brien is the best. He's just so likeable with the voice of a game show host.

    Todd Fisher was really good too. almost Peter Healy-level good. It's a shame the script has required Irene to get over his death quicker than she would a cold.
     
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    Even thinking about it all these months later it still gets to me.



    Oh great. I'm glad you're enjoying the dysfunctional merry-go-round.



    Oh - this really made me laugh. I'm still laughing, in fact.


    His chemistry with pretty much everyone is wonderful. He's such an asset to the series.



    Yes to both of those. I remember Judy Nunn describing Irene's not accompanying Todd when he went off to die as "most untruthful" in an interview, and I imagine that sentiment would extend to the supersonic grieving process.
     
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    I knew I would enjoy the rewatch, but this time I find it very difficult to get this soap out of my system. Almost every day I have a wonderful "Wayne" moment, and today - while doing the dishes - I spontaneously started to impersonate Beryl-as-the-ghost-of-Ruby: whhyyyyy….whhyyyyy

    It's not better than Peyton Place or Knots Landing, but I'm beginning to think that S&D really is my all-time favourite soap. I have no other explanation for it.
     
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    What the ...?
     
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    If that shocks you, imagine how I feel! I have to live with it.
     
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    For me, too, it's been hard to shake since the rewatch. Even with four hundred episodes of Home and Away in between, it still resonates. And I'm very glad James is still watching to give me a fix.



    You've turned domesticity into an art form.



    Marvellous. It's just a shame it will never win the World Cup.
     
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    Any plans for A Place To Call Home ? I'm not sure if Alexis has already watched all episodes, maybe he just stopped posting comments.

    The information on amazon is very confusing: free with prime, not available or available to buy.
     
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    It's almost as confusing on UK Prime. Looks like the middle series aren't available but the first and last couple are free to watch. I suspect I'll probably end up going the traditional DVD route with it.

    I think I need to catch my breath before my next dramatic series, but you never know when the whim will strike. I must confess that I watched a few of the opening scenes on Prime out of curiosity, and it looks just my cup of tea. So I'll probably end up watching it soon-ish.
     
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    I can't decide what I'm going to watch after I've finished The Brothers: Upstairs Downstairs or Footballers Wives (I've never seen Extra Time)
    And since I'm always so opinionated about Return To Eden I feel it deserves a proper rewatch to see how good or bad it really was.
    Decisions, decisions!
     
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    Please go straight to I min 8 for my thoughts on the subject:

     
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  13. Willie Oleson

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    That's settled then, thanks!
    It's also very nice to see the real Empirians....hmm.
     
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    For what it's worth, Upstairs Downstairs is on my viewing bucket list. As, indeed, is The Brothers.
     
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    Unless Jaws Landing happens first!
     
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    Starring Joan Van Shark, I suppose.
     
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    "Gypsie" Kemp showed up for the briefest of intervals in an episode of Shoestring I watched this evening. She was cast as a nubile Australian backpacker, enjoying the sights of Bristol and calling people "sport". All very surreal.

    From around 6:15 below. Blink and you'll miss her:
     
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    Charlie in a parka!!

    So she's English when she's in Australia and Australian when she's in England.
     
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    Who'd have thought there was ground that Sons and Daughters didn't cover? I think the closest we got was that time Charlie tried to muck in and help when Patricia (?) and David were about to move out to the country house.


    For Sarah Kemp it feels appropriately bizarre.
     
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    Go on Willie. Give it another go. Lower your expectations and just enjoy. I have zero hesitation to say, to this day, S&D is my second fav tv series ever ever ever behind RTE (followed by Dallas, Downton and Miranda actually). Return to Eden maxi series was elegant, snappy, fun. It wasn’t claiming to be Shakespeare. It was really fast moving and excellent entertainment. You daren’t miss an episode or you wouldn’t know what had happened. The clothes, the sets, the plot just fabulous. OTT but who cares. Rebecca Gilling is so beautiful, Peta Toppano was superb and Warren Blondell is one of the best looking men ever on a screen. Don’t take it seriously and just laugh. It’s witty and nothing like any Aussie show before or since. Oh that Andrew Clarke ad. Haha I remember that on tv here often :) Thanks for that Sarah Kemp clip Mel. I’ve not seen her in anything else. Charlie and her unseen un-friend Jane Davis could’ve had their own show. What a hoot. Hope you’re all ok. Hey James! Thanks for your posts!!
     
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