THE WEDDING THAT ALMOST WASN'T...
There was as much drama behind the cameras as in front of them
when Sons and Daughters filmed its 800th episode -
the wedding of Wayne Hamilton and Susan Palmer (Ian Rawlings
and Oriana Panozzo).
Two key actors were involved in serious accidents and unseasonal,
torrential rain almost forced the cancellation of an outdoor
shoot in Queensland.
Just days before the wedding was to be filmed, Sarah Kemp,
who plays ding-a-ling Charlie Bartlett, was savaged by a dog
at a telethon and had to undergo plastic surgery to remove scars.
Charlie is an important character in the lead-up to the wedding.
Sarah was in such pain at the time of the filming that she had
to be heavily sedated.
Oriana, who plays the blushing bride, was the next victim of
misfortune. Just one day after the wedding episode was filmed
the beautiful actress was involved in a car crash and rushed
to hospital with burst blood vessels in one eye and lacerations
to her face.
The accident could not have happened at a worse time as filming
of the wedding couple's honeymoon in Queensland was set for
the following week. And because Oriana was required in almost
every scene, the important shoot had to be delayed.
Fate was still unkind to Sons and Daughters' producers
as the new week set for filming marked the end of Noosa's five-month
drought - it rained for four days at the outdoor location.
But as the old showbusiness adage goes, the show must - and
did - go on.
Oriana said the storyline of the 800th episode was one of the
most dramatic she had been involved in.
"The wedding was very dramatic, whereas a wedding should
be a very happy time. You'll see lots of emotional things going
on," she promised.
In true Sons and Daughters style, there is no lack
of drama or tragedy behind the big day as, after five years
of secretly loving each other, Wayne and Susan finally get to
"It has really been a love affair on the rebound,"
Oriana said. "There were a string of people trying to change
All the Palmer family have been opposed to her marrying Wayne,
and David told Susan he would never give his blessing to the
And so to the altar... it is Wayne's fourth marriage and sixth
serious involvement. Earlier he had wed Jill Taylor (Kim Lewis)
only to have her ex-husband turn up, married both Amanda Morrell
(Alyce Platt) and Karen Fox (Lydall Rowe), been engaged to Julie
Webb (Julie Nihill) and, in last year's cliffhanger episode,
even married his half-sister, Mary Reynolds (Tessa Humphries).
By: John Burfitt
Source: TV Week
Date: 5 July 1986