Sons and Daughters (Australian TV series)

Sons and Daughters is an Australian Logie Award-winning soap opera/drama serial created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday 18 January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the following week in Brisbane and Adelaide. The final episode was screened in Sydney on Sunday 27 December 1987 and in Melbourne on Sunday 10 January 1988 (again in the non-ratings period). Adelaide station ADS7 was one of the first to complete the series, showing the final episodes in a two-hour special on Monday 16 November 1987.

Sons and Daughters
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GenreSoap opera
Created byReg Watson
Written bySee links at end of article for comprehensive list
Directed bySee links at end of article for comprehensive list
Starring(see main cast list and character family tree below)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes972
Production locationsSydney
Running time25 minutes
Production companyReg Grundy Organisation
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release18 January 1982 (1982-01-18) –
27 December 1987 (1987-12-27)

Screening broadcastEdit

One of the most popular series in the early 1980s, there are 972 half-hour episodes, but during the series' original run in Australia, many episodes were shown in an hour-long format – from the start of the 1984 season in Sydney and the 1985 season in Melbourne. This varied in other TV markets and regional stations, with some - notably BTQ7 in Brisbane - adopting the one-hour format as early as 1982. The pilot episode was shown in Australia and some UK ITV regions as a 90-minute special, although subsequent screenings have seen that episode split into three half-hours. The series has been broadcast internationally, and has been particularly popular in Europe particularly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Gold Logie-winning actress Rowena Wallace (left) played Pat the Rat

Early beginningsEdit

Sons and Daughters was created by television executive Reg Watson who was inspired by glossy US prime-time soaps Dallas and Dynasty, which were averaging huge ratings in their respective time slots on CBS and ABC and was curious to see how an Australian half-hour soap similar in style to those shows would fare with early evening or prime-time audiences. The show was an instant hit and with writers for the show being able to place one or more families and other characters in either Sydney or Melbourne, they knew the show would appeal to viewers living in those cities. Watson knew Melbourne-based shows often did not rate well with Sydney viewers, and set about using either Sydney or Melbourne as the birthplace for much of the show's cast of characters. Sons and Daughters even used some former plot lines from Dallas or Dynasty to gain high viewership figures for the show's timeslot. Critics and press likened the serial as an Australian version of Latin American or South American telenovelas which would often hit huge viewership figures in their home country. British television broadcaster ITV would soon begin airing the show and audiences in the United Kingdom and other European territories would begin to become fans of the show. Most European and foreign countries that aired the show broadcast it in daytime. Ratings for the show would be very high for the first three years, but following the departure of Rowena Wallace in early 1985 to pursue other acting opportunities, ratings quickly began to decline, and a clever idea was put in play for Wallace's character Patricia Hamilton to return to the soap played by another actress. In mid-1985, new actress to the show Belinda Giblin arrived as Alison Carr, the new identity of Patricia, who had plastic surgery in Rio de Janeiro to escape from authorities who were looking for her in Australia for supposedly murdering a wealthy millionaire's son named Luke Carlyle, who had embezzled his father's and Patricia's firm. Patricia used this new identity to regain entry into Australia and with an instant boost to viewership figures watching the storyline the show was deemed to be saved from cancellation. However, when Wallace returned to the show in its final season, as Patricia's/Alison's twin, Pamela, ratings began to slide and after six successful years the show ended in 1987 and would be replaced with new half-hour soap Home and Away, created by Alan Bateman, and featuring former Sons and Daughters screenwriter Bevan Lee. Sons and Daughters is best remembered for its over-the-top storylines and dramatic, and often hilarious, cliffhangers. One such cliffhanger featured character Alison Carr (Belinda Giblin) being bitten by a venomous snake, which had been hidden in a wall safe that Alison broke into to steal documents from villain Wayne Hamilton, played by Ian Rawlings. Though the snake used, a python, would have a non-lethal bite, that storyline featuring the infamous snake cliffhanger was often credited as a way to try and increase ratings for the show. Another rather spurious storyline featured a bomb being hidden in the bottom of wheelchair that killed off Barney Adams, a love interest of Fiona Thompson, when it exploded. The show gained a cult following and has been repeated more than once in both Australian and international territories.

Success and awardsEdit

Sons and Daughters won the 1983 Logie Award for Most Popular Australian Drama. Rowena Wallace was the most nominated actress of the soap and was nominated for a Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 26th Annual TV Week Logie Awards in 1984, and went on to win the award the following year in 1985. She was the first woman to win the award since it was opened up to Most Popular Australian Personality.

Wallace also received Silver Logies for:

  • Most Popular Lead Actress (1983)
  • Most Popular Actress (1984)
  • Best Actress in a Series (1984)
  • Best Lead Actress in a Series (1985)

Other awards won by Sons and Daughters cast members include: Most Popular New Talent – Stephen Comey (1982)

Theme tuneEdit

The theme tune was written by partners Peter Pinne & Don Battye and performed by Mick Leyton and Kerrie Biddell. Two main versions of the theme were used in the closing credits, one in 3/4 time and one in 4/4 time: the first version was used as the main closing theme for most episodes shown in 1982 and 1983, while the second version was used from 1984 to 1987. In addition. The full theme tune was released on a 7-inch single in the UK in 1984 and reached number 68 in the charts and stayed in the charts for three weeks. It was released on the A1 record label with catalogue number 'A1 286'.


Season 1Edit

The initial premise for the show was a Romeo and Juliet-style romance storyline which revolved around two families, the wealthy Hamilton family who lived in Sydney, and the Palmers, a working-class family from Melbourne. The characters of John Palmer (Peter Phelps) and spoilt rich girl Angela Hamilton (Ally Fowler) meet by chance whilst John is on the run from the police for a murder he did not commit. The two fall in love, not realising that they are actually twins, separated at birth 20 years earlier following an affair between their parents, David Palmer (Tom Richards) and Patricia (Rowena Wallace). Early episodes saw the pair discover the truth about their heritage and showed the problems and strains this put on their own relationship and those of their immediate families. While on the run John is protected in Sydney by Fiona Thompson (Pat McDonald), a former madame and prostitute and now boarding house owner who had raised John when he was a young boy. With a new identity and now going by the name of Scott Edwards, John attempts to build a new life, with the help of Fiona and her friend Jill Taylor (Kim Lewis), another former prostitute.

Following the shock revelation of John and Angela's true heritage and the subsequent reunion of the two families, a series of dramatic events unfolds, intertwining the lives of both the Palmers and the Hamiltons. The Palmers' newly-wed daughter Susan (Ann Henderson-Stiers) receives the shock revelation that her husband Bill Todd is responsible for the murder of which John was suspected, and Bill is subsequently convicted and jailed. The Palmers' youngest son Kevin (Stephen Comey) and his girlfriend Lynn Hardy (Antonia Murphy) find their lives turned upside down when she becomes pregnant, despite their families' best efforts to keep them apart. Father and son David and John Palmer's relationship continues to deteriorate, and when David and Patricia meet up again 20 years on from their initial affair, old passions resurface, culminating in the destruction of both their marriages—David's marriage to dedicated housewife Beryl (Leila Hayes) and Patricia's marriage to the wealthy and successful businessman Gordon (Brian Blaine). Amidst a web of intrigue concerning the numerous instabilities within both families, and shady big-business deals concerning Gordon's company, his ownership of country estate Woombai, and the increasing involvement of his manipulative son Wayne (Ian Rawlings), the drama builds throughout the season.

The character of Patricia rapidly developed into the main focus of the show, with her neurotic bitchiness and scheming being the source of most of the drama and tension between the other characters. Patricia became a popular character among viewers and was dubbed 'Pat the Rat' by the media. New characters introduced later in the season included Patricia's best friend, the dizzy socialite Charlie Bartlett (Sarah Kemp), Rob Keegan (Noel Hodda), the younger brother of Beryl Palmer who falls in love with and marries Angela, and Paul Sheppard (Mark Ferguson), the morally confused and neurotic grandson of Patricia's former lover James Sheppard, who left Patricia a substantial amount of his fortune following his death.


End-of-season cliffhanger – Season 1 (Episode 174): As John and Angela celebrate their 21st birthday and the whole of the Palmer family celebrates at the Palmer household, Patricia—who has been forbidden by the Palmers from attending—attempts to gatecrash. As David tries to stop her from entering the party, Patricia shocks him with the revelation that he is not the twins' father after all, and she has been lying to him and everyone else for years about the twins' true father.

Season 2Edit

As season 2 kicks off, Patricia is sinking further into depression after she overdoses on sleeping pills and Susan steps in to help take care of her as a live-in nurse, while scheming Wayne tricks Patricia into signing her power of attorney over to him to give him power over his father, Gordon. Shortly after, Susan becomes the first of the main cast to depart the series as she leaves to be closer to her husband Bill's prison. John tracks down his real father Martin Healy—a prominent officer in the Air Force—and also manages to find Patricia's estranged sister Margaret (Ilona Rodgers). The reunion of Patricia with Martin and Margaret sparks off a series of dramatic storylines as old secrets are revealed and old tensions between Patricia and Margaret resurface. A major turning point in the series comes with the suicide of Martin Healy after past crimes catch up with him, and when Margaret removes his suicide note from beside the body, David comes under suspicion of Martin's murder.

Other plot developments included Gordon's marriage to the Hamiltons' neighbour Barbara Armstrong (Cornelia Frances), and Jill's involvement with illegal Irish immigrant Brian O'Donnell, whom she agrees to marry so he can obtain a visa to stay in the country. Jill is raped by drifter Terry Hansen (Andrew Clarke), who is revealed to be Fiona's long-lost son. In a highly controversial storyline, Terry was treated by the scriptwriters as a sympathetic character despite the rape and his subsequent spell in prison. Fiona is shattered when her boarding house in Manly burns down, almost killing Jill in the inferno. A heated love triangle occurs between the characters of Angela, Rob Keegan and Paul Sheppard, following which all three characters depart the show. After Gordon and Barbara enter a business deal with Barbara's brother Stephen Morrell (Michael Long), they are shocked when Stephen suddenly marries Patricia after a whirlwind romance. This leads to the introduction of a third family for the show—the Morrells, including Stephen's mother Dee (Mary Ward), a ruthless elderly businesswoman, and his daughter Amanda (Alyce Platt). Following Dee's death from a heart condition, major developments occur when the contents of her will are revealed, affecting the other characters' lives dramatically. Upon Dee's insistence that a male heir continue her business, Stephen tracks down the young man he believes to be his long-lost son, Andy Green (Danny Roberts).

End-of-season cliffhanger (Episode 352): David and Beryl are held at gunpoint at Woombai by escaped criminal Joe Parker. As the episode comes to an end, five gunshots ring out and a scream follows, but viewers are left with no indication of who has been shot and who will survive to the next season. Sisters Patricia and Margaret come face to face for the first time since Margaret's release from prison, and Patricia tells Barbara that her best friend Helen Green is Andy's mother. Fiona rushes to the clinic to try and stop Jill from having an abortion, but will she make it in time?

Season 3Edit

As season 3 starts, Patricia's marriage to Stephen unravels and she seeks comfort in the arms of psychiatrist Matt Kennedy while continuing her bitter feud with sister Margaret, which climaxes in the siblings being trapped in a bush fire at Woombai, and finally making their peace when Margaret saves Patricia's life.

Major changes in the cast occur with the departures of John, Stephen, Doug and Rosie Palmer, and the introduction of a fourth family in the form of the working-class O'Briens, who move in next door to the Palmers and quickly become involved in the dramas of the other characters. The Palmers experience further problems when David has an affair with Patricia's sister Margaret, which finally ends his marriage to Beryl. David's happiness with Margaret is short-lived, however, as she dies following injuries sustained in a plane crash. Lynn becomes involved with Andy Green while Kevin is working overseas, and the two fall in love, leaving Lynn confused and contemplating suicide on the edge of a cliff. Lynn eventually chooses to stay with Kevin, and they move overseas with son Davey.

Patricia finds herself embroiled with shady businessman Roger Carlyle (Leslie Dayman) and his son Luke (Peter Cousens). Shortly after Luke embezzles Patricia's company, he is found murdered and Patricia becomes the prime suspect, leading to a series of attempts on her life orchestrated by Roger. Other new characters introduced during the season include Irene Fisher (Judy Nunn), a GP who opens a new boarding house with Fiona, Karen Fox (Lyndel Rowe), a deceitful businesswoman who wreaks havoc whilst having a romantic affair with Wayne, Ross Newman (Robin Stewart), a gambling-addicted surgeon, under the influence of Roger Carlyle, and Bob 'Mitch' Mitchell (Philip Quast), an ex-convict who becomes romantically involved with Amanda whilst coming to blows with Karen and Wayne.

End-of-season cliffhanger (Episode 528): A sedated, helpless Patricia lies on a hospital operating table, about to be operated on by Dr. Ross Newman, who is working for Roger Carlyle. Fiona makes up her mind regarding Barney Adams' marriage proposal, and Mitch lies on the floor apparently dead following a confrontation with both Karen and Wayne. Has Wayne killed Mitch?

Season 4Edit

Season 4 features a major turning point with the departure of its most popular cast member, Patricia. When Rowena Wallace chose to leave, the producers attempted to replace Patricia with several strong female antagonists in the form of Karen Fox, Leigh Palmer (Lisa Crittenden) and Caroline Morrell (Abigail) but none of these proved as successful, leading the producers to bring the character of Patricia back, albeit played by former The Box star Belinda Giblin, having undergone plastic surgery in Rio de Janeiro and now calling herself Alison Carr.

The season begins with Patricia finally marrying David, before fleeing to Rio to escape Roger Carlyle. Meanwhile, Wayne is tricked by Karen into marrying her, believing she has covered up the murder of Mitch for him, unaware Mitch is not dead at all and was paid by Karen to disappear. Shortly after the truth is revealed, Karen is found dead in the creek at Dural, having been pushed off a bridge following a confrontation with escort Liz Smith, who is in love with Gordon. Beryl gives birth a baby son Robert, but he is abducted by Dr. Ross Newman, and a nurse, Gloria; then again later by Leigh. Fiona becomes involved in a bitter battle to have deceased fiancé Barney Adams' secret wartime diaries published, running into opposition from Colonel Bainbridge and his son Chris. The Colonel commits suicide and Chris sets out on a vendetta of revenge against Fiona.

Karen Fox tricks Wayne into marriage after convincing him that he has killed Mitch. Wayne goes missing shortly after, worried that he will face jail for murder and whilst he is away a look-alike arrives and fools everyone into believing he is Wayne. Ian Rawlings plays dual roles as both Wayne Hamilton and Gary Evans. One of the bigger storylines for the season sees a planned redevelopment threaten to destroy Woombai under the direction of the scheming Bill Ashley, although the development is a scam. When Amanda Morrell overhears a conversation that could jeopardise the entire scheme, she goes missing, leaving the Morrell family distraught and Caroline desperate to find her. Caroline begins to get closer to ex-husband Stephen and warns his new love interest Jenny Turner to stay away from him and the two become rivals. The father of Leigh Palmer's baby, Richard Crampton arrives, deciding he wants custody and he hires Neil Duffy to try to buy his son from Leigh. When this fails, Crampton starts terrorising her and hires a hitman, Nick Stafford, to go after Leigh. Crampton ends up dying at Stafford's hands after David has already fired a shot at him. David and Fiona go to Rio in search of Patricia, David having received an amount of money which he believes must have come from her. Following plastic surgery to hide injuries sustained at the hands of a thug who beat her up in Rio de Janeiro, Patricia returns to Australia under a new identity; Alison Carr and she begins to start trying to clear "her friend's" Patricia's name for the murder of Luke Carlyle. Mary Reynolds turns up at Woombai, lost and confused and claiming that Patricia is her mother. She explains that her grandmother told her that her mother is Patricia Hamilton. Her grandmother and grandfather are now both dead, having been murdered. Mary claims that she witnessed the murders while hiding underneath her bed. The murderer turns up at Woombai and starts gunning for Mary. An old will belonging to Gordon's father is discovered, declaring his brother James as the rightful owner of Woombai. It isn't long before James arrives to claim what is his.

End-of-season cliffhanger (Episode 696): It's a dramatic end-of-year final with numerous cliffhangers leaving lives hanging in the balance. David and Beryl look on in horror as an emotionally unbalanced Doris Hudson advances menacingly towards her baby son Robert with a pillow with intentions to smother him. Alison and James are left in peril as they race to stop Wayne from unknowingly marrying his half sister Mary but their light aircraft runs out of fuel and following a mayday call it crashes to the ground. Caroline is overpowered and locked in a cupboard at the Hamilton House by Duncan Phipps after a bungled robbery and Irene breaks the news to Fiona that she has cancer.

Season 5Edit

For many fans, this season is seen as the start of the demise for the series as the focus changed and popular regular characters such as Barbara Hamilton and Irene Fisher were hastily written out of the series. In Cornelia Frances's 2003 autobiography, she states that it was not her decision to leave the series, but that of a producer, Posie Jacobs, who suddenly axed her. Other characters that failed to make it to the end of the season included Leigh Palmer, Tim Palmer, Donna Palmer, Spider Webb, Brett Keegan, Adam Tate, Samantha Morrell, James Hamilton and Mary Reynolds. Consequently, there was an influx of less well-received characters such as Janice Reid, May Walters, Craig Maxwell, Doug Fletcher, Glenn Young, Debbie Halliday, Ginny Doyle and the return of Susan Todd, played now by Oriana Panozzo. Storylines see Samantha Morrell shocked after running into Bill Ashley and discovering new information regarding her missing sister Amanda, but the search that follows ends with devastating news as they discover Amanda died a few months earlier having been forced into a life of drugs and prostitution. Leigh Palmer commits suicide early in the season, outside the court where she is facing sentencing for kidnapping baby Robert—bringing an end to one of the series longest running storylines. Fiona meets her bossy niece Janice for the first time, arriving just as Fiona is to undergo an operation to remove her kidney and together they launch a campaign to save an old mansion house that Fiona once lived in with old friend May Walters. When an angry Caroline starts arguing with Alison whilst she is driving a car crash ensues with Barbara and Gordon's lives left at risk and ultimately leaving Barbara with serious facial scars and Gordon with amnesia believing he is still married to Patricia. Alison uses the situation to her advantage to get Barbara out of Gordon's life for good and Caroline finds herself serving time in prison. Craig Maxwell turns up in Sydney, looking for his mother, Ruby Hawkins, who gave him up when he was a baby, and who happens to be the exact double of Beryl Palmer. Initial misunderstandings are resolved and Craig accepts that Beryl isn't Ruby. Beryl subsequently helps Craig track Ruby down. At this point Leila Hayes plays both the roles of Beryl and Ruby. Ned Parker and Micky Pratt hold Janice, May, Gordon and Neville hostage at the mansion, following Ned's escape from jail. Micky is killed when she walks out into the road without seeing a car heading towards her. As the siege comes to an end, Patricia's fingerprints are discovered on a gun that was used and Alison's real identity is finally revealed. Alison finds a little boy named Tick McCarthy at Fiona's boarding house, and passes him off as Wayne's son. Wayne is told that Tick is his son from a fling with Moya Brinkley, a girl that he had known as a teenager. He and Tick take to each other, and Wayne is angered when Alison tries to stop him from enjoying his son, due to the fact that she had said that he had driven Caroline insane because of Doug Fletcher. A birth certificate shows that Wayne is indeed the father. Susan gets upset about Tick being around, but Wayne makes certain that his son is included in his life.

End-of-season cliffhanger (Episode 868): The season comes to an end with more multiple cliffhangers and lives at risk as Alison is trapped in the study at the Hamilton House with a venomous snake on the loose. A sailing trip on a yacht ends in disaster when both Glen and Tick are wounded, and Wayne, swimming for help, is pursued by a shark. Craig is knocked out by a horse and Caroline is shocked to discover that Doug is already married. Sadly by this point ratings were in decline and the next season would prove to be the last.

Season 6Edit

Departing characters included original member David Palmer and recent additions Ginny Doyle, Tick McCarthy and Glen Young. New additions include Nick Benson, Greg Hudson and Sarah Hudson, and in an attempt to boost flagging ratings, producers lured back Rowena Wallace, who had previously played Patricia, to play her own twin sister Pamela—a storyline which, ultimately failed to save the series. Caroline discovers that Susan is alive and well despite being presumed dead and she is in hiding from Wayne. When an upset Wayne gets drunk and drives off, Glen and Ginny go after him and a high-speed chase follows which leads to Glen's and Ginny's deaths. Wayne turns everyone against him and when he is shot there are no shortage of suspects. Beryl finds herself behind bars for the shooting, having realised Susan was guilty and so she lied to protect her daughter. While in prison Beryl meets Pamela, a lady who is the spitting image of Patricia. It is soon discovered that Pamela and Patricia are twins, separated at birth. While Patricia lived the good life, Pamela had a much tougher upbringing. Andy learns that he has a baby daughter, Madonna, who is the result of a fling with Jodie Frazer. When Jodie decides that she can't cope with bringing up a baby on her own and dumps Madonna on Janice, Andy steps in and decides to be a proper father to the girl. Gordon goes into business with Bill Sanders, Doug and Alison at Sanders' Air Charter. Just as everything seems to be going well, a plane is sabotaged. The company appears to be falling apart until a mystery company puts up money to keep it going. Gordon discovers to his surprise that it was Wayne who was behind the rescue. Although father and son have been on opposing sides for some time, Gordon remarks that it appears that Wayne might have changed for the better. As he settles with new wife Beryl and her son, Robert in Melbourne, Gordon finds himself content. Benson is a psychiatrist brought in to help Wayne remember who shot him. Nick has a fraught relationship with his brother, Michael. Very much a ladies' man, Nick is attracted to Alison but he also finds himself attracted to sister, Pamela. There ensues a furious struggle between Alison and Pamela, using powerful mind games to try to destroy each other. Nick eventually chooses Pamela over Alison and drives off with her to begin a new life. Doug and Caroline marry, and Caroline is revealed as the author of a book entitled My Sister My Love, based on the lives of the Hamiltons and the Palmers, despite the changes of character names. Doug tries to stop Caroline promoting the book, warning her that they're going to lose all their friends, but Caroline ignores him. She even writes a sequel. Caroline discovers that she's pregnant, but also learns that the baby could be born with Down's Syndrome and she opts to have an abortion, later deciding that she can't go through with it. She doesn't tell Doug that she's pregnant, but instead decides to leave him and start life afresh elsewhere. Doug learns about the pregnancy, though, and he chases after Caroline and tells her that he loves her, and that he wants her to have the baby and that he doesn't care if it's handicapped, wanting them all to be together as a family. Caroline agrees and Doug buys a fish shop in Melbourne! Charlie meets Todd Buckley, a fitness instructor who works at her gym, and there is an instant attraction. The couple quickly announce their engagement, despite attempts by Alison to break them up. Charlie becomes so appalled at Alison's behaviour and schemes that she throws her out, leaving Alison staying in a cheap, run-down motel. Charlie enjoys a fairytale wedding to Todd and prepares to live happily ever after. Sarah Hudson arouses Wayne's interest, and they begin to spend time together. Sarah tries to throw herself at Wayne, but he's wary after all his bad experiences with women. Meanwhile, he puts his plan into action to take everything and everyone away from Alison. With Wayne believing his wife Susan is dead, Alison decides to use Susan to get at Wayne but the plan backfires when Susan is left dead on the lounge floor at Dural, having apparently been strangled by Wayne. Realising that he's finally gone too far, he turns to the telephone and makes a call. He asks for the police. Alison faces bankruptcy but is reunited with David. The show ends in a similar vein to how it began. At Fiona's mansion boarding house, a young couple arrive, and ask for a room. The young woman is heavily pregnant. Fiona takes them in, just as she had with David and Patricia all those years ago. The woman gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl and the story seems to have finally come full circle. The final episode ends with a montage of many cast members, both past and present.

Broadcast scheduleEdit

Although Sons and Daughters was screened by all stations of the Seven Network, and many regional stations and affiliates, each station scheduled the series independently and at their own pace, in a combination of 30-minute and 60-minute episodes. The table below refers only to the original broadcast dates by ATN7, the Sydney station of the Seven Network. ATN is generally considered to be the “home station” of Sons and Daughters as it was filmed at their studios in Epping, New South Wales.


Season Original broadcast (ATN7, Australia) No. of episodes
Season premiere Season finale
1 18 January 1982 (1982-01-18) 11 November 1982 (11 November 1982) 174 1–174
2 31 January 1983 (1983-01-31) TBA (TBA) 178 175–352
3 26 February 1984 (1984-02-26) TBA (TBA) 176 353–528
4 TBA (TBA) TBA (TBA) 168 529–696
5 13 January 1986 (1986-01-13) TBA (TBA) 172 697–868
6 TBA (TBA) 27 December 1987 (1987-12-27) 104 869–972


Ordered by Family and the Actors first appearance

The Hamilton FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Rowena Wallace "Pat the Rat" Patricia Hamilton/Morrell/Palmer First appeared episode 2 ~ 1982–1985, 1987
Brian Blain Gordon Hamilton First appeared episode 3 ~ 1982–1987
Ally Fowler Angela Hamilton/Keegan First appeared episode 2 ~ 1982–1983, 1984
Ian Rawlings Wayne Hamilton/Morrell First appeared episode 3 ~ 1982–1987
Lyndel Rowe Karen Fox/Hamilton First appeared episode 461 ~ 1984–1985
Nick Tate James Hamilton 1985–86

The Palmer FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Leila Hayes Beryl Palmer/Hamilton First appeared episode 1 ~ 1982–1987
Tom Richards David Palmer First appeared episode 1 ~ 1982–1986, 1987
Ann Henderson Stires/Oriana Panozzo Susan Palmer/Todd/Hamilton First appeared episode 1 ~ 1982–1983, 1986–1987
Stephen Comey Kevin Palmer First appeared episode 1 ~ 1982–1984
Peter Phelps John Palmer First appeared episode 1 ~ 1982–1984
Antonia Murphy Lynn Hardy/Palmer First appeared episode 5 ~ 1982–1984
Syd Conabere Doug Parker First appeared episode 10 ~ 1982 1983–1984
Anne Haddy Rosie Andrews/Palmer First appeared episode 30 ~ 1982, 1983–1984, 1985
Ilona Rodgers Margaret Dunne First appeared episode 181 ~ 1983
Lisa Crittenden Leigh Palmer First appeared episode 534 ~ 1984–1985
Robert Mammone Tim Palmer First appeared episode 563 ~ 1985–1986
Andrew Downie Shane Palmer First appeared episode 563 ~ 1985–1986
Simone Buchanan Donna Jackson/Palmer First appeared episode 646 ~ 1985–1986

The Morrell FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Michael Long Stephen Morrell First appeared episode 267 1983–1984, 1985)
Alyce Platt Amanda Morrell First appeared episode 286 ~ 1983–1985
Mary Ward Dee Morrell First appearing Episode 305 1983
Abigail Caroline Morrell/Fletcher first appeared episode 554 1985–1987
Joanna Lockwood Jenny Turner/Morrell First appeared episode 572 1985
Sally Tayler Samantha Morrell First appeared episode 587 ~ 1985–1986

The Armstrong FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Cornelia Frances Barbara Armstrong/Hamilton First appeared episode 13 ~ 1982–1986
Paul Wayne/Paul Goddard Simon Armstrong First appeared episode 13 1982–1985
Gaynor Martin Prue Armstrong First appeared episode 62 ~ 1982
Katie Brinson Wendy Armstrong First appeared episode ?
Jeanne Smith Mrs. Armstrong Snr. First appeared episode 271 ~ 1983
Tony Ward Roland Armstrong episode 588 -1985

The O'Brien FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episode
Ken James Mike O'Brien First appeared episode 385 ~ 1984–1985
Rona Coleman Heather O'Brien First appeared episode 385 ~ 1984–1985
Jane Seaborn Katie O'Brien First appeared episode 385 ~ 1984–1985
Craig Morrison Jeff O'Brien First appeared episode 385 ~ 1984
Sean Scully Jim O'Brien First appeared episode 401 ~ 1984–1985

The Keegan FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episode
Carl Bleazby Bob Keegan First appeared episode 25
Moya O'Sullivan Aileen Keegan First appeared episode 25
Noel Hodda Rob Keegan First appeared episode 76
Brett Partridge Brett Keegan First appeared episode 619

The Healy FamilyEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Paul Sonkkila Martin Healy First appeared episode 186
Brett Climo Brett Healy First appeared episode 201
Jodie Yemm Jennifer Healy First appeared episode 219

Other leading primary castEdit

Actor Role Episodes
Pat McDonald Fiona Thompson First appeared episode 1
Kim Lewis Jill Taylor/O'Donnell First appeared episode 3
Sarah Kemp Charlie Bartlett First appeared episode 43
Danny Roberts Andy Green First appeared episode 343
Judy Nunn Irene Fisher First appeared episode 422
Belinda Giblin Allison Carr First appeared episode 630
Jared Robinson Craig Morrison First appeared episode 731
Normie Rowe Doug Fletcher First appeared episode 734
Mark Conroy Glen Young First appeared episode 735
Rima Te Wiata Janice Reid First appeared episode 714

Family treesEdit


Doug PalmerRosie Palmer
Martin HealyPatricia HamiltonDavid PalmerBeryl PalmerFrannie HendersonRay Palmer
John PalmerRob KeeganAngela HamiltonTim Palmer
Bill ToddSusan PalmerWayne HamiltonLeigh PalmerRichard Crampton
Lynn HardyKevin PalmerShane Palmer
Davey Palmer


Beryl Palmer
Barbara Armstrong
Nancy AndrewsGordon HamiltonPatricia DunneMartin HealyJames Hamilton
Amanda MorrellWayne HamiltonMary Reynolds (marriage annulled)
Karen FoxSusan PalmerJohn PalmerAngela HamiltonRob Keegan


Bob KeeganAileen Keegan
??Rob KeeganAngela HamiltonGordon HamiltonBeryl KeeganDavid Palmer
Brett Keegan
Bill ToddSusan PalmerWayne HamiltonKevin PalmerLynn HardyRobert Palmer
David Palmer



Seven Network aired the first episode as a 90-minute special in January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period, and the date of the final episode varied across Australia. There are 972 half-hour episodes, although during the series' original run, later episodes were shown in an hour-long format. No figures are available for how many of these longer episodes made up the show's run. The series was broadcast on the Seven Network, initially (in Sydney and Melbourne) four days a week for half an hour at 19:00, but in later years, in two one-hour shows per week, and finally in one hour-long show per week, although this varied in different parts of Australia. Sons and Daughters became the highest-rated programme in its slot, and was the most watched Australian soap of the 1980s. The series eventually began to suffer from declining ratings, and was ultimately cancelled. During the 1990s the programme was repeated throughout Australia, usually in early-morning and daytime slots.

Seven Network began another re-run in October 2006, airing weekdays at 10:00. This was discontinued in early 2007, then resumed in July 2008, airing on Wednesday nights, usually around midnight. As of October 2013, episodes air Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 3:30 am. Episode 461 aired on 8 October 2013.

7TWO began repeating the show on 2 November 2009, airing weekday mornings at 9:30 am. The final episode 972 aired on 9 October 2013.

Foxtel channel UKTV repeated the series between from 1997, with the final episode airing in mid-2000, shown weekdays at 5 pm.


  ITV began un-networked broadcasts of Sons and Daughters in 1983, meaning different ITV regions were free to show the series as and when they wished. The series was usually shown at 3:30 pm on varying days, but some regions, such as TVS and Granada, initially chose early evening timeslots of 5:15 pm and 6 pm, respectively, before moving the series to daytime. During the mid-1980s, Sons and Daughters achieved consolidated viewing figures of 6 million across the ITV network.[1]

Home mediaEdit

In September 2020 it was announced that Via Vision Entertainment will be releasing the series on DVD.

In February 2021 7plus Started Streaming Season 01 and in April 2021 Season 02 started streaming


Title Format Ep # Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Sons and Daughters –

The Best of Pat The Rat

DVD 17 Selected Episodes 02 9 October 2006 Audio commentary on Episode 693 by Tom Richards (David Palmer) and Belinda Giblin (Alison Carr)

Stills gallery

Both full-length versions of the Sons and Daughters theme

Umbrella Entertainment
The Sons and Daughters Interviews DVD Feature Documentary 01 August 2007 N/A Video Solutions
Sons and Daughters – The Classic Cliffhangers Collection DVD 12 Selected Episodes 02 4 February 2008
  • Audio commentary on Episode 868 by Ian Rawlings (Wayne Hamilton)
  • Audio commentary on Episode 972 by Normie Rowe (Doug Fletcher)
  • Promotion for Tom Richards' Sons and Daughters Interviews DVD
Umbrella Entertainment

Season setsEdit

Season Title Format Episodes Discs Region 4 (Australia) More
Sons and Daughters – Collection One DVD 174 25 18 November 2020[2][3]

  • Via Vision Entertainment
  • 4350 minutes
  • 1.33:1 (4:3) aspect ratio
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • ACB rating: PG
Sons and Daughters – Collection Two DVD 178 26 3 March 2021[4]

  • Via Vision Entertainment
  • 4100 minutes
  • 1.33:1 (4:3) aspect ratio
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • ACB rating: TBD

Streaming ServicesEdit

Title Format Episodes Release Date Distributors
Sons and Daughters (Season 01) Streaming Episodes 01-174 17 February 2021 7plus
Sons and Daughters (Season 02) Streaming Episodes 175-352 12 April 2021 7plus
Sons and Daughters (Season 03) Streaming 7plus
Sons and Daughters (Season 04) Streaming 7plus
Sons and Daughters (Season 05) Streaming 7plus
Sons and Daughters (Season 06) Streaming 7plus

Sons and Daughters: Cast albumEdit

In the early 1980s when Australia's Seven Network was broadcasting both Sons and Daughters and A Country Practice, it decided to cash in on the shows' success, and provide the shows with some publicity, by producing and releasing a cast album. The album was called All My Friends, and featured the cast of Sons and Daughters on the A-side and the cast of A Country Practice on the B-side.


  1. "Sons and Daughters Theme"
  2. "Some Kind of Friend" (Ian Rawlings)
  3. "Bosom Buddies" (Pat McDonald and Rowena Wallace)
  4. "The More I See You" (Peter Phelps and Kim Lewis)
  5. "Behind Closed Doors" (Tom Richards and Leila Hayes)
  6. "Sometimes When We Touch" (Stephen Comey)
  7. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Leila Hayes)
  8. "Friends" (Rowena Wallace)


The series has inspired seven remakes produced under license from the original producers and based, initially, on the original story and character outlines. These are Verbotene Liebe (Germany, 1995–2015); Skilda världar (Sweden, 1996–2002); Apagorevmeni agapi (Greece, 1998); Cuori Rubati (Italy, 2002–2003) Zabranjena ljubav (Croatia, 2004–2008), Zabranena lubov (Bulgaria, 2008–) and Belahan Hati (Indonesia, 2001–2002).


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  2. ^ "Sons And Daughters - Season 1". Retrieved 14 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sons and Daughters Collection 1". Booktopia. Retrieved 11 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sons & Daughters Collection 2". Booktopia. Retrieved 11 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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