Marilyn back in the Bay

By David Knox on March 19, 2010 / Filed Under Programming 25

Marilyn Chambers, aka Emily Symons, returns to Home and Away tonight as a permanent cast member.

Symons played the always-vibrant Marilyn Chambers / Fisher from 1989 – 99.

She went on to appear in Emmerdale in the UK from 2001 – 2008.

Her return marks the soap’s concerted effort to lift the tone from grim, police-laden plots to lighter fare.

It airs at 7pm tonight on Seven.


  1. franz chong May 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm -

    I only watched Home and Away this week for the first time in many years and found it rather enjoyable.This is Awesome.Normally I am a 2.5 men viewer but was getting really fed up with those reruns that have been shown to death many times over.If You Can’t stand Marilyn something must seriously be wrong with you!!!Or you have been living on American Reruns Of Proven Comedies on the Nine and Ten Networks for too long.

  2. janet March 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm -

    you have to be joking soooo pleased when she left do not want her back she plays to much of an airhead wil put me right off

  3. Geoff Field March 22, 2010 at 8:12 am -

    We just had her on-air.
    One of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.
    and happy to talk about her past – Richmond Hill, Video Smash Hits etc !

  4. newtaste March 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm -

    Saw “Marilyn Chambers” and instantly thought 1970s/1980s porn star …

  5. franz chong March 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm -

    The Police Style Plots were enough on Home and Away for most of the long time fans to have switched to 2.5 men or 7pm Project.I can’t speak on behalf of everyone but I see the return to lighter fare a good thing.Otherwise they might as well scrap the show and replace it with Family Guy or How I met your mother the latter being most likely to be the offering at 7pm.

  6. Madame Tango March 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm -

    Does she have to?

  7. stevie g March 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm -

    Bobby died. She was last seen as a ghost on Ailsa’s fridge. Alex Papps has returned for one or two of Sally’s weedings.

  8. michael*oz March 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm -

    …….if Alex Papps and ‘Bobby’ come back, i’ll kick the T.V in…..

  9. bobby March 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm -

    yaaaaay maz is back! this makes me a happy panda!

  10. Nik C March 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm -

    I am glad she is back, it will make things interesting! i am still enjoying it.

    Others must be. I was still 4th on the night, and ratyings for all TV shows have dropped, so it isn’t just H&A!

  11. Mike March 20, 2010 at 9:40 am -

    @Peter. Yes, and one of the original producers of H&A was a guy called John Holmes. That’s the same name as an ’80s porn star too. There could be some kind of link there.

  12. rattle March 20, 2010 at 9:36 am -

    No disrespect to the Emily as she was just playing a character, but thank God she left Emmerdale!
    Damn she was annoying and it looks like another good reason not to watch Home & Away.

    Credit to Emily though as her ‘annoying’ (to some) characters have been paying her bills for quite some time now.

  13. James March 20, 2010 at 8:30 am -

    Great to see Marilyn back on air last night. Perfectly timed – the show needs her.

    I don’t think H&A is in any long term danger. It lost its way last year with the dreadful boat people storyline, it dragged on way too long. But unlike Neighbours, the show always recognises the errors of its ways and corrects them swiftly.

  14. franz chong March 20, 2010 at 12:12 am -

    Will Marilyns Return be enough to keep H&A from being toppled by 2.5 men.

  15. Daniel March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm -

    I think this new style of lighter fare is, lighter ratings. There appears to be a huge dropt his yr and some days it has less than 900,000 viewers.

  16. elaine March 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm -

    Marilyn come to summer bay to start a new life

  17. elaine March 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm -

    Marilyn will be on air from 7:07pm

  18. TomK March 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm -

    i’m with ben. i havent watched in years but the thought of seeing Marilyn is tempting…

  19. stevie g March 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm -

    She was a great comic relief character for the show, although her final appearnces were quite sad as she seperated from Donald Fisher after they lost their baby Byron. Hopefully the writers don’t forget that info. There are very few characters left from her previous tenure, it’s gonna be interesting to see what reason, if any, they give for her return.

  20. Peter March 19, 2010 at 10:09 am -

    Wasn’t Marilyn Chambers an American porn star famous in the 1970s? Was this the writers of H&A having a sly joke at the audience’s expense?

  21. damo March 19, 2010 at 9:51 am -

    how on earth do the writer on this show keep a job, how on earth do they still have a job. i watched the show last night and it’s absolutely dreadfull.

  22. Brenton March 19, 2010 at 8:55 am -

    Emily Symons played Marlyn between 1989-1991 when she was enaged to Lance then again in 1995-1999 when she married Fisher, also she had a one off appearance in 2001.

  23. Leo March 19, 2010 at 8:49 am -

    This is great news – always loved Marilyn, she will bring a breath of fresh air into the show.
    All they need to bring back now is the fabulous Morag, the old banter between these two was fabulous!!

  24. ben March 19, 2010 at 8:22 am -

    Awesome. Havn’t watched H &A for nearly 9 years, but the return of Marilyn is very tempting to watch it again. I’ll watch her return and see how i go from there. All those long time H&A fans must be excited….unless they couoldn’t stand her!

  25. Yvonne March 19, 2010 at 7:52 am -

    Boring….can’t she get work in the UK now?

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