Richmond Hill

Network Ten (ended 1989)


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This twice weekly soap originally launched in Australia in January 1988 and was billed as Sydney's answer to Melbourne's 'Neighbours' which was also airing on Network 10 at the same time of 'Richmond Hill's launch. Both shows were made by the Grundy Organisation. Screened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm, the show starred some very high profile actors & actresses, but the show's biggest mistake was that it was far too bland. Notable stars were Maggie Kirkpatrick, fresh from her role as Joan 'The Freak' Ferguson in 'Prisoner' appeared here as Ivy Hackett. Another ex-Wentworth inmate, Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham) took the role of Connie Ryan. Gwen Plumb, Ada in 'The Young Doctors' played Mum Foote who took in wayward children and Paula Duncan, who seemingly appeared in everything Australian in the 70's & 80's played depressed and neurotic Janet Bryant. Also notable is that 'Richmond Hill' was the first soap that starred Emily Symons. Here she played bitchy Anne Costello and when the show ended, she moved onto 'Home & Away' and now stars in 'Emmerdale' as barmaid Louise Appleton in the UK. Despite running for a year, 92 episodes and being reasonably popular, 'Richmond Hill' was axed to make way for the more hip and trendier soap 'E Street'. In the UK, 'Richmond Hill' was one of many Australian imports to reach the screen after the huge success of 'Neighbours'. Networked all of ITV regions from October 1988. Later the series became regional as Central and Granada lessened their output of the show. It went out at 2.15 in the afternoon on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When it ended, it was replaced by 'A Country Practice' in many regions.moreless
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  • From the makers of Neighbours another soap that made it to the UK as a daytime TV filler.

    Jealous of the BBC's success with Neighbours, rivals ITV snapped up this and Home & Away as ratings contenders. Richmond Hill's setting was a suburban police station & the community it served. Most storylines were went no further than 2 episodes, usually with happy endings. The idyllic Australian way of life portrayed in Richmond Hill made it popular with UK audiences. As did the show's roll call of faces familiar from soaps past, Gwen Plumb was already seen in The Young Doctors and Amanda Muggleton a regular guest in Prisoner, her character in Richmond Hill (Connie) could have been a reformed version of her Prisoner alter ego. Interestingly the show was axed in Australia the same week it premiered in the UK.moreless
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    The show only lasted one year, but had endearing characters played by Australia's finest e.g. Maggie Kirkpatrick, Gwen Plumb, Paul...
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