Nine new Dramas: Return to Eden, Underbelly: Squizzy, Gallipoli.

By David Knox on July 18, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 25

Now here’s a bit of fun and frolics…

Nine is set to remake the classic miniseries Return to Eden.

The high-camp 3-part melodrama which aired on TEN in 1983 starred Rebecca Gilling as Stephanie, an heiress who married a young tennis pro, played by James Reyne, but who bumped her off in a savage crocodile attack, in order to nab her fortune and best friend, played by Wendy Hughes. But Stephanie later returned after a bout of plastic surgery to exact her revenge, this time as Tara….

The tale by McElroy Productions was also turned into a 22 part series in 1986 with Peta Toppano and Daniel Abineri.

Nine has announced the remake at a Drama launch in Sydney today.

As tipped by TV Tonight last month, Underbelly will return to Melbourne for its 2013 season, based around the 1915 gangster Squizzy Taylor.

His gunfight death with long-time rival gangster, John Daniel ‘Snowy’ Cutmore was dramatised in Underbelly: Razor, with Taylor’s role played by actor Justin Rosniak.

John Edwards (Beaconsfield, Howzat, Offspring, Tangle) will also deliver a new drama on Gallipoli to mark the 100th Anniversary of the WWI campaign.

More to come….


  1. Kenny July 19, 2012 at 9:08 am -

    Nine’s great inspiration. Let’s clone “Revenge”. Let’s call it “Return to Eden Again” or “Revenge Down Under”.

  2. mr darcy July 19, 2012 at 12:54 am -

    Enough of Underbelly. Boring.

  3. tvaddict July 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm -

    i hope they do a better job with the next Underbelly than they did with Razor, i was really looking forward to that one but to me the scripts were fairly weak & so was alot of the acting, with the exception of Danielle Cormack.

  4. harrypotter1994 July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm -

    Return to Eden sounds like they are trying to ride off the Revenge success…Gallipoli sounds like a good idea however

  5. Secret Squirrel July 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm -

    @Trix – Chances! Yes! Or… maybe no.

  6. tvaddict July 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm -

    @jezza the first original one LOL! good one

  7. deedeedragons July 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm -

    @Mia: Totally agree! I loved that show.

    @ J Bar: Ssshhh. 7 will hear you!

  8. Ronnie July 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm -

    Well said! I’m really hoping the team at House Husbands can push through and bring a new voice to the Nine stable, and in turn, encourage Nine to look outside their pretty limited range of suppliers.

  9. zz July 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm -

    Do not like dramas from nine

  10. David Knox July 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm -

    House Husbands launched today includes young producers from the Playmaker Scribe initiative. Cordell Jigsaw and Goalpost Pictures have also had Nine Drama commissions, plus others in Kids TV Drama.

  11. Ronnie July 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm -

    I despair of Nine’s drama choices – and judging by the rest of these comments I’m not entirely alone. I want Nine to take a few risks with a range of producers and projects – all they really do is re-commission from John Edwards at Southern Star, Des Monaghan at Screentime and Hal McElroy so there’s an inevitable sameyness about the work – and indeed remakes. There are so many great projects out there and a lot more talented and passionate producers who are locked out. It’s a pity because, as Seven and Ten know, a great drama series can anchor the night week in week out. Nine meet quota obligations under sufference – but it defines a Network brand. Just saying….Am I alone in this?

  12. Darcey09 July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm -

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Gallipoli is slated to air in 2015. That makes sense now.

  13. Darcey09 July 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm -

    Gallipoli was 1915. WW1 was 1914-1918.
    How can a drama in 2013 be a 100th anniversary?

  14. squareyes July 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm -

    @Trix. Yes to Class Of ’74/’75 remake. Remember Abigail as the sexy school teacher ? Or was she a headmistress?

  15. Mia July 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm -

    If Nine are keen to recycle old shows, I want Pacific Drive back!

  16. David Knox July 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm -

    But Ronnie, you’ve never liked Nine dramas…..

  17. Moanique July 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm -

    I loved Return To Eden, both the mini-series and the 22 part series. Would love the original cast to be involved in some way.

  18. Trix July 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm -

    Can’t wait for the remake of Chances. And Arcade. And Class of ’74.

  19. jezza the first original one July 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm -

    Is it now time for McLeod’s Grand Daughters?

  20. squareyes July 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm -

    With Nines’s recent poor track record regarding Aussie drama, I suppose you can’t blame them for rehashing old ideas. But this is too much.
    How long til we get updated versions of Taurus Rising, Waterloo Station or Starting Out ?
    Also, I think Rebecca Gibney’s character in Eden was Stephanie and Wendy Hughes/Peta Toppano played Jilly.

  21. Mia July 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm -

    Can the original Return to Eden ever be surpassed? That was Gold!

  22. J Bar July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm -

    What’s next? A Sons & Daughters miniseries?

  23. Ronnie July 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm -

    Stop press: Nine announces rehashed dramas we’ve seen before from Screentime, John Edwards and Hal McElroy. Insert title “here” because it doesn’t really matter what it is.

    I know it’s 100 years since WW1 and we’ll be inundated but do we need to see Aussie soldiers going over the top yet again? I will not put myself through watching it over and over in 2014.

    Pretty hard to get excited about this announcement.

    Return to Eden – seriously? This not a joke?

  24. Lyn July 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm -

    What is it with these channels that can’t come up with new ideas?
    But no, you have to remake old stuff!!!
    Another list of things I won’t be watching.

  25. m4rcocapps July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm -

    Me loved me a little Return to Eden. Interesting to see if there’s a new spin on it.

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