Taurus Rising

Taurus Rising is an Australian soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Nine Network in 1982. Originally intended by the network to be a replacement for The Sullivans, the series was one of a number of attempts to provide an Australian alternative to the glossy American supersoaps Dallas and Dynasty and featured two wealthy Sydney-based feuding families, the Brents and the Drysdales. To this end, it represented something of a stylistic departure for Grundy's. Unlike most other Australian soap operas which were recorded on videotape, Taurus Rising was shot entirely on film.

Taurus Rising
Soap opera
Created byReg Watson
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes21
Production companyReg Grundy Organisation
Original networkNine Network
Original release27 July (1982-07-27) –
17 December 1982 (1982-12-17)

It cost $2 million to make.[1]

Taurus Rising proved to be an expensive failure after it failed to win an audience and was cancelled after 21 episodes. The series did later prove popular in international markets and was subsequently sold to American cable television, marketed as a 21-part "miniseries".


The Brents
Jennifer Brent Annette Andre
Mike Brent Andrew Clarke
Harry Brent Gordon Glenwright
The Drysdales
Ben Drysdale Alan Cassell
Faith Drysdale Betty Lucas
Keith Drysdale Andrew Sharp
Phil Drysdale Damon Herriman
Elizabeth Drysdale Marina Finlay
Isabella Drysdale Georgie Sterling
Other characters
Alice Blake Linda Newton
Sam Farrer Michael Long
Libby Hilton Diane Craig
Malcolm Adams Vic Hawkins
Marie Jessica Noad


  1. ^ "For 'Taurus Rising', success is in the stars". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 11 August 1982. p. 26. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  • Mercardo, A., 2004, Super Aussie soaps. North Melbourne: Pluto Press.

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