Homeward Bound (New Zealand TV series)

Homeward Bound was a New Zealand television soap opera. It was first broadcast on TV3 on 11 June 1992[1] and ran for 22 episodes, finishing on 29 October 1992. Created by Ross Jennings, Homeward Bound was TV3's bid for NZ On Air funding for a local soap opera, however, it ultimately lost out to TVNZ's Shortland Street and was reformatted as an hour-long drama series.

Homeward Bound
GenreSoap opera
Created byRoss Jennings
Developed by
Written by
  • Michael Anthony Noonan
  • Judy Callingham
Directed by
  • Ross Jennings
  • Mark Beesley
  • Murray Reece
  • Richard Riddiford
Theme music composerDave Dobbyn
Opening theme"Homeward Bound"
Ending theme"Homeward Bound"
ComposerBilly Kristian
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producers
  • Ross Jennings
  • Tom Parkinson
  • Robin Scholes
  • Alan Withrington
ProducerTom Parkinson
  • John Fraser
  • Kate Peacocke
Running time44 minutes
Production companySoap N.Z. Ltd.
Original networkTV3
Picture formatPAL
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 June (1992-06-11) –
29 October 1992 (1992-10-29)

Series overviewEdit

Plots centered on the domestic and professional lives of the extended Johnstone family and the residents of Riverside, a fictional rural community just south of the Bombay Hills. The area encompassed a pub and beer garden, a general store and garage, a community hall, a school, a church, a sawmill and a rubbish tip.[2]

Homeward Bound was produced by Soap (NZ) Ltd, a joint venture between Isambard Productions and Communicado, with funding from NZ On Air. The series was broadcast on TV3 on Thursdays at 7.30pm from June until October 1992.

The theme tune was composed by New Zealand musician Dave Dobbyn.


  • Michael Daly as Graeme Johnstone
  • Liddy Holloway as Janine Johnstone
  • Mark Raffety as Dan Johnstone
  • Mandie Simons as Amy Johnstone
  • Ben Alpers as Grant Johnstone
  • Charlotte Woollams as Katey Johnstone
  • Francis Bell as Bob Johnstone
  • Tina Grenville as Val Johnstone
  • Rebekah Mercer as Wendy Johnstone
  • Karl Urban as Tim Johnstone
  • Peter Elliott as Neil Johnstone
  • Sylvia Rands as Suzanne Johnstone
  • David Aston as Gordon Jonstone
  • Victoria Harrison as Sophie Johnstone
  • June Bishop as Isabella (Izzy) Johnstone
  • Simone Kessell as Hannah Tumai
  • Waihoroi Shortland as Monte Tumai
  • Eliza Bidois as Lisa Tumai
  • Hine Elder as Louise Harvey
  • Doug Aston as Uncle Haddon
  • Margaret Murray as Auntie Beth
  • Nancy Flyger as Mavis Bartlett
  • Tiara Lowndes as Kelly Marsh
  • Alison Routledge as Charley
  • Dai Evans as The Minister
  • Kelsey Howlett / Jonathan Mason as Jonty Harvey
  • Jon Kernutt as Kieran Connor
  • Ken Blackburn as Noel Connor
  • Helena Ross as Trisha Connor
  • John Watson as Det Sgt Kuipers
  • Alistair Browning as Dr McIntyre
  • Ian Harrop as The Publican
  • Jon Bridges as Andy
  • Michael Anthony Noonan as Toby Paykel


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