Heartbreak High

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Heartbreak High
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Opening Title Screen
Written by Elizabeth Coleman
Philip Dalkin
Directed by Dan Burstall
Mandy Smith
Theme music composer Todd Hunter
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 210
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Gannon Television
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten (1994-1996)
ABC TV (1997-1999)
Picture format 4:3 (PAL)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 27 February 1994 – 29 November 1999
External links
Website

Heartbreak High was a popular Australian television programme that ran for five years, through seven seasons from 1994 to 1999 on both Network Ten and ABC. The programme dealt with the students of the fictional Hartley High, a tough high school in a multiracial area of Sydney, and proved to be a more gritty and fast-paced show than many of its contemporaries.[1][2] It was a spin-off of the 1993 Australian feature film The Heartbreak Kid which had featured Alex Dimitriades and Claudia Karvan. However, in later series the show shifted emphasis away from the school setting and the Poulos family to the students' homes and hangout - the Shark Pool.

Transmission[edit]

The programme was transmitted by Network Ten between 1994 and 1996, and by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 1997 and 1999. It also was successful in sales internationally and was broadcast in over twenty countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America. After the sixth series the Australian Broadcasting Corporation axed the show as selling another series to foreign TV stations proved increasingly difficult. The BBC had no interest in buying an additional series; due to scheduling delays a backlog of episodes had built up, and the programme was forced to wrap up production.

Cast[edit]

Series 1 (1994, episodes 1-38)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Alex Dimitriades Nick Poulos Student, influential to others, Con's cousin, dies in episode 38, romantically involved with Jodie and Daniele
Sarah Lambert Christina Milano English/History teacher, leaves to work overseas in episode 26
Katherine Halliday Rossette "Rose" Malouf student, romantically involved with Jack
Salvatore Coco Costa "Con" Bordino student, Nick's cousin
Emma Roche Danielle Miller student, Romantically involved with Steve and Nick
Corey Page Steve Wiley student, romantically involved with Danielle and Lucy
Doris Younane Yola Fatoush school psychologist
Scott Major Peter Rivers student, romantically involved with Chaka, Katerina and Sam
Abi Tucker Jodie Cooper student
Isabella Gutierrez Chaka Cardenes student, moves to Darwin with her family in episode 14, romantically involved with Rivers
Tai Nguyen Jack Tran student, moves to a selective school in episode 22,romantically involved with Rose
Tony Martin Bill Southgate Science teacher/supervisor
Hugh Baldwin Graham Brown Maths/Music teacher, gay, leaves in episode 26
Stephen O'Rourke Jim Deloraine Headmaster
Jan Adele Ruby St John local pub owner, is not seen after episode 26
Elly Varrenti Irini Poulos Nick's mother, dies from car accident-related injuries in episode 8
Nico Lathouris George Poulos Nick's father, moves back to Greece in episode 30
Despina Caldis Effie Poulos Nick's sister

Additions

Actor Character Role
Peta Toppano Stella Ioannou Katerina's mother, appears from episode 9, moves to Greece in episode 28
Ada Nicodemou Katerina Ioannou student, appears from episode 16, moves to Greece in episode 28
Ivar Kants Roberto Bordino Con's father, makes a short apparition in the episode 9 and appears regularly from episode 29
Barbara Gouskos Helen Bordino Con's mother, makes a short apparition in the episode 9 and appears regularly from episode 29
Kym Wilson Samantha "Sam" Robinson English teacher, appears from episode 29, is fired from the school in episode 36
Alexandra Brunning Lucy Weston student, appears from episode 30
Peter Phelps Phil North Drama teacher, appears from episode 10, is leaving the school in episode 13 because Ms Milano found out his dirty past

Series 2 (1995, episodes 39-52)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Katherine Halliday Rossette "Rose" Malouf student, leaves to get married in episode 49
Salvatore Coco Costa "Con" Bordino student, Nick's cousin
Emma Roche Danielle Miller student
Corey Page Steve Wiley student
Doris Younane Yola Fatoush school psychologist, leaves for a rural school in episode 52
Scott Major Peter Rivers student
Abi Tucker Jodie Cooper student
Tony Martin Bill Southgate Science teacher/supervisor, leaves for a rural school in episode 52
Stephen O'Rourke Jim Deloraine Headmaster
Despina Caldis Effie Poulos Nick's sister
Ivar Kants Roberto Bordino Con's father
Barbara Gouskos Helen Bordino Con's mother
Alexandra Brunning Lucy Weston student, leaves for six month exchange program in Japan in episode 51


Additions

Actor Character Role
Vince Poletto Matt Logan student, appears from episode 39

Series 3 (1995, episodes 53-65)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Salvatore Coco Costa "Con" Bordino student
Emma Roche Danielle Miller student
Corey Page Steve Wiley student, last seen alive in episode 65, found dead from an accident in episode 66
Scott Major Peter Rivers student, runs away with Sam in episode 65
Abi Tucker Jodie Cooper student, leaves to pursue her musical career in episode 65
Stephen O'Rourke Jim Deloraine Headmaster
Despina Caldis Effie Poulos Nick's sister, not seen after episode 65
Ivar Kants Roberto Bordino Con's father
Barbara Gouskos Helen Bordino Con's mother
Vince Poletto Matt Logan student

Additions

Actor Character Role
Kym Wilson Samantha "Sam" Robinson English teacher, returns from episode 53, runs away with Rivers in episode 65
Ada Nicodemou Katerina Ioannou student, returns from episode 54
Inge Hornstra Allie Matts student, appears from episode 55
Ian Bliss Andrew Bell Science teacher, appears from episode 56
Hugh Baldwin Graham Brown Maths/Music teacher, gay, returns from episode 53

Series 4 (1996, episodes 66-91)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Salvatore Coco Costa "Con" Bordino student, leaves for a student exchange program in the United States in episode 71
Emma Roche Danielle Miller student, leaves to become a TV reporter in Wollongong in episode 91
Stephen O'Rourke Jim Deloraine Headmaster, has a heart attack and retires in episode 69
Ivar Kants Roberto Bordino Con's father
Barbara Gouskos Helen Bordino Con's mother
Vince Poletto Matt Logan student
Ada Nicodemou Katerina Ioannou student
Inge Hornstra Allie Matts student, leaves for London for a literary fellowship in episode 87
Ian Bliss Andrew Bell Science teacher, leaves to join a research team in Antarctica in episode 78

Additions

Actor Character Role
Jon Pollard (actor) Alan Bolton student, appeared from episode 1, made series regular in episode 66
Deni Gordon Rhonda Brooks teacher, appears from episode 67
Diane Craig June Dyson Headmistress, appears from episode 69
Rupert Reid Declan Costello student, appears from episode 72
Tara Jakszewicz Anatasia "Stassy" Sumich student, appears from episode 73
Simon Baker (known then as Simon Baker-Denny) Tom Summers teacher, appears from episode 80, fired in episode 87
Sebastian Goldspink Charles "Charlie" Byrd student, appears from episode 81

Series 5 (1997, episodes 92-130)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Ivar Kants Roberto Bordino Con's father, leaves for a European vacation in episode 96
Barbara Gouskos Helen Bordino Con's mother, leaves for a European vacation in episode 96
Vince Poletto Matt Logan student, leaves to explore Australia with Stassy in episode 97
Ada Nicodemou Katerina Ioannou student, leaves with Charlie in episode 130
Jon Pollard (actor) Alan Bolton student, leaves for Canberra to become an event organizer in episode 95
Deni Gordon Rhonda Brooks teacher, leaves at the closure of Hartley High in episode 130
Diane Craig June Dyson headmistress, leaves for Queensland with her son in episode 92
Rupert Reid Declan Costello student, leaves for a nursing program in episode 104
Tara Jakszewic Anatasia "Stassy" Sumich student, leaves to explore Australia with Matt in episode 97
Sebastian Goldspink Charles "Charlie" Byrd student, leaves with Katerina in episode 130

Additions

Actor Character Role
Rebecca Smart Melanie Black student, appears from episode 95
Lara Cox Anita Scheppers student, appears from episode 98
Rel Hunt Ryan Scheppers student, appears from episode 98
Tina Bursill Hilary Scheppers Ryan & Anita's mother, appears from episode 98
Callan Mulvey Bogdan Drazic student, appears from episode 99
Peter Sumner Les Bailey headmastster, appears from episode 99
Nina Liu Stephanie "Mai Hem" Tan student, appears from episode 104

Series 6 (1998, episodes 131-170)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Rebecca Smart Melanie Black student, leaves for Tasmania with her boyfriend in episode 136
Lara Cox Anita Scheppers student
Rel Hunt Ryan Scheppers student
Tina Bursill Hilary Scheppers Ryan & Anita's mother, moves to Melbourne to pursue a job offer in episode 133
Callan Mulvey Bogdan Drazic student
Peter Sumner Les Bailey Science/Maths teacher, quits after a sexual harassment complaint in episode 134
Nina Liu Stephanie "Mai Hem" Tan student, leaves to pursue a music video directing career in episode 152

Additions

Actor Character Role
Fleur Beaupert Nikki Ruark student, appears from episode 131, leaves to recover from a nervous breakdown in episode 169
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor Kurt Peterson student, appears from episode 131
Andrea Moor Di Barnett headmistress, appears from episode 131
Frederick Miragliotta Gerrard Albers teacher, appears from episode 133, leaves to become an artistic director of a regional theatre company in episode 152
Elaine Hudson Kath Livingston Sarah's mother, appears from episode 139, leaves for the country in episode 150
Nathalie Roy Sarah Livingston student, appears from episode 139
Mario Gamma Peter D'Esposito student, appears from episode 137, made series regular in episode 151
John Walton Nat Delaine Lee's father, appears from episode 153
Morna Seres Jill Delaine Lee's mother, appears from episode 153
Marcel Bracks Lee Delaine student, appears from episode 153
Putu Winchester Dennis Klinsmann student, appears from episode 131, made series regular in episode 170

Series 7 (1999, episodes 171-210)[edit]

Regular Cast

Actor Character Role
Lara Cox Anita Scheppers student
Rel Hunt Ryan Scheppers student, graduates high school in episode 186
Callan Mulvey Bogdan Drazic student
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor Kurt Peterson student, graduates high school in episode 186
Andrea Moor Di Barnett headmistress, leaves for a bigger school in episode 186
Nathalie Roy Sarah Livingston student, graduates high school in episode 186
Mario Gamma Peter D'Esposito student
John Walton Nat Delaine Lee's father, leaves in episode 185
Morna Seres Jill Delaine Lee's mother, leaves with Lee in episode 200
Marcel Bracks Lee Delaine student, leaves for another school in episode 200
Putu Winchester Dennis Klinsmann student

Additions

Actor Character Role
Tasneem Roc Thania Saya student, appears from episode 175
Bianca Nacson Gemma Whitley student, appears from 176, made series regular in 187 and expelled in episode 209
Luke Jacobz Zac Croft student, appears from episode 187
John Gregg (actor) Alan Carson headmaster, appears from episode 187
Elena Carapetis Jackie Kassis teacher, appears from episode 187
Danny Raco Marco Vialli student, appears from episode 191
Katherine Hicks Tess Mason student, appears from episode 201
Mark Owen-Taylor Tim Mason Tess's father, appears from episode 210

DVD Release[edit]

Series 1 was released in Australia as a DVD Box Set by Umbrella Entertainment on 5 October 2011. This DVD set is region free and will play globally featuring original 4:3 Full Frame and 2.0 English Dolby Digital Sound.[3][4] The series 2 DVD Box Set was released by Umbrella Entertainment on 7 March 2012.[5] The series 3 DVD Box Set was released by Umbrella Entertainment on 6 June 2012 and is currently available to order.[6] Series 1 of the show has also been released on two DVD sets in Germany in the dubbed German version with no English audio track. This DVD is the official release for Germany.[7]

Umbrella have no current plans to release the rest of the series, as quoted on their Facebook page, due to 'music licensing issues'.

International[edit]

Heartbreak High was broadcast in the following countries:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winarnita, Monika. "Asian Women in Australian Soap Operas: Questioning Idealized Hybrid Representation (Monika Winarnita) - Academia.edu". Anu.academia.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ Hawthorne, Lesleyanne (1995). "Soap Opera in a Multicultural Australia: Home and Away v Heartbreak High". Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research Bulletin 15: 32–35. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Heartbreak High Series 1". Umbrella Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ Heartbreak High Season 1 DVD Promo (Series One) on YouTube
  5. ^ "Heartbreak High Series 2". Umbrella Entertainment. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Heartbreak High Series 3". Umbrella Entertainment. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Heartbreak High - Season 1.1". Amazon.de. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

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