First Appearance: Episode 714 (1986)
Last Appearance: Episode 972 (1987)
Known Family: Father - George Reid; Aunt - Fiona
Romance with Owen Brooke; Fiancé - Neville
Fiona Thompson's niece is raised by her parents
with a very strong, principled and religious background.
When she meets Fiona and discovers what a comparatively-debauched
lifestyle she lives, she's horrified - and she vows to
change Fiona into a better person: something she spends
the next 18 months attempting to do!
Not content with interfering in Fiona's life, Janice
often passes moral judgement on the activities of her
friends - but in essence her heart is in the right place.
Andy Green takes Janice under his wing and gives her a
makeover - with 'interesting' results! Janice does eventually
loosen-up slightly, although the moral side of her character
is always lurking just under the surface.
A teacher by profession, Janice gives up this career
and takes a job working at the Bumps 'N' Grinds gym, where
she is free to dispense her words of wisdom to all who
dare to come in!
The one area in which Janice feels her life has let her
down is love: she bemoans frequently to Fiona the fact
that men aren't attracted to her. When she finds someone
she loves - Englishman, Neville Curtis - she
learns to her intense disappointment that he's due to
marry when he returns to England. On the rebound, Janice
becomes involved with botanist, Owen Brooke, and although,
when he proposes, she agrees to marry him, she changes
her mind when she realises she said 'yes' for the wrong
Come the end of the series, Janice is still single -
but she receives a surprise visit from Neville, who tells
her that his wife, Celia, was killed several months earlier.
He realised that he loves Janice, and he asks her to marry
him. Janice says 'yes'! In the final episode, Janice says
an emotional goodbye to Fiona - both women realising what
a profound effect they've had on each other - and heads
off to start a new life with Neville.