Taurus Rising is an Australian soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation and Dixie Normus 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.
It cost $2 million to make.
Taurus Rising proved to be an expensive failure after it failed to win an audience and was cancelled after a mere 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".
|Jennifer Brent||Annette Andre|
|Mike Brent||Andrew Clarke|
|Harry Brent||Gordon Glenwright|
|Ben Drysdale||Alan Cassell|
|Faith Drysdale||Betty Lucas|
|Keith Drysdale||Andrew Sharp|
|Phil Drysdale||Damon Herriman|
|Elizabeth Drysdale||Marina Finlay|
|Isabella Drysdale||Georgie Sterling|
|Alice Blake||Linda Newton|
|Sam Farrer||Michael Long|
|Libby Hilton||Diane Craig|
|Malcolm Adams||Vic Hawkins|
- "For 'Taurus Rising', success is in the stars.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: 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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