Return to Eden

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Return to Eden

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Welcome to the Return To Eden guide at TV.Com. Return To Eden started off as a mini series in 1983 and returned in 1986 for a 22 part series. Central characters to both series were Stephanie Harper and Jilly Stewart. Stephanie and Jilly had been friends before Greg Marsden came between them. In the second series it was revealed they were in fact sisters. Jilly was the Australian version of Alexis Colby from Dynasty but got up to much worse things than Alexis. The second series took up the story seven years on from where the mini series finished. Rebeca Gilling starred in both series as Stephaine Harper. Peta Toppano took over the role of Jilly for the second series. The series was Australia's Dynasty or Dallas and was shown on the Ten network in Australia and the ITV network in the UK.
John Lee

John Lee

Phillip Stewart (1983,86)

Olivia Hamnett

Olivia Hamnett

Joanna Randall (1983,86)

Rebecca Gilling

Rebecca Gilling

Stephanie Harper (1983,86)

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood

Jason Peebles (1983)

Ken Goodlet

Ken Goodlet

Sandy Dell (1983)

Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes

Jilly Stewart #1 (1983)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Dynasty down under.

    7.5
    Missed the 1st mini series, but the 2nd series was ab fab. Lots of silly bed & boardroom antics laughably played by a top notch cast of Australia'a finest. Peta Toppano was a stunner as the token villainess Jilly, & I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the late Megan Williams(Alice from the Sullivans)in it as Cassie(Blonde hair & up for it). I suspect this show was made with the export market in mind, as this 80s Aussie drama had better sets & higher production values than most of that era. Never the less great viewing, my only regret was Jilly never got the chance to feed Steph to the crocs.moreless
  • Return to Eden was the Australian version of Dallas and Dynasty. Central character of both series was Stephaine Harper played by Rebecca Gilling. Stephaine struggled to retain control of her company from her sister Jilly and Jake Sanders.moreless

    9.7
    Return to Eden was one of the few Australian soap operas to follow Dynasty and Dallas and be set in the business world. Stephaine Harper controlled Harper Mining and had an evil sister called Jilly who was determined to take everything that Stephaine had. Stephaine was married to Dan Marshall but her efferts to keep her empire meant that her marriage to Dan collapsed. Another central character in the show was Jake Sanders who was in love with Stephaine but also in cahouts with Jilly to take Stephaine's company away from her. When the show was cancelled the script writers tied up all the loose ends by filming an extra scene to be added to the show's last episode. Apart from being shown in Australia the show was also shown in Great Britian.moreless