GOODBYE TO DADDY OF SOAP DRAMAS
Supersoapie Sons and Daughters takes its final curtain
call at the weekend - after five years of TV tears, traumas
The show which not only got away with screen murder but also
rapes, kidnaps, marriages, births and love tangles reaches the
end of its successful run amid a welter of storylines waiting
to be tied up.
Although filming actually finished in April, viewers have still
been able to follow the fortunes of the crisis-stricken characters
darting between Sydney and Melbourne all year.
And the last hour-long episode (Channel 7, Sunday 6:30pm) is
sure not to disappoint.
It boasts yet more tears with another wedding, another murder
and a few surprises.
Romantic reconciliations are the order of the day but winners
turn out to be losers, as wicked Wayne Hamilton (Ian Rawlings)
Scheming Alison Carr (Belinda Giblin) appears to be on death's
doorstep but it remains to be seen whether she will get her
Although Sunday's episode tries to wrap up a surfeit of storylines,
a few forgotten ones are left hanging with a big question mark
Like, for example, whatever happened to Wayne dying from Huntington's
The remaining original cast members - Ian Rawlings, Pat McDonald
(Fiona Thompson), Brian Blain (Gordon Hamilton) and Leila Hayes
(Beryl Palmer-Hamilton) - have endured more dramas in five years
than most of us could ever put up with in a lifetime.
Dastardly Wayne has walked down the aisle six times, been engaged
twice, suspected of murder and tried to rip off all and sundry.
Do-gooder Gordon and boring Beryl have been plagued with long-lost
children throughout the series, with the question of parenthood
rearing up every so often, and deserve to end up with each other.
By: Nicole Silverman
Source: Daily Mirror - Sydney N.S.W.
Date: 24 December 1987