E Street

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E Street
E Street Title.jpg
Genre Soap opera
Created by Forrest Redlich
Written by David Allen
John Banas
David Boutland
Tony Cavanaugh
Tony Cole
Michael Cove
C M Covington
Louise Crane-Bowes as Louise Crane
Mary Dagmar Davies
Wayne Doyle
Grant Fraser
Malcolm Frawley
Tom Galbraith
Tom Hegarty
Lisa Hoppe
Graeme Koetsveld
Nicholas Langton
Serge Lazareff
Rick Maier
Chris McCourt
Greg Millin
Margaret Morgan
Sean Nash
Peter Neale
Rhett O’Hara
Matthew O’Sullivan
David Phillips
Tim Pye
Forrest Redlich
Chris Roache
Leon Saunders
Andrew Saw
C V Schofield
Sheila Sibley
Steve J. Spears
Caroline Stanton
Hugh Stuckey
John Upton
Sally Webb
Debra Wilcock
Craig Wilkins
Linden Wilkinson
Carol Williams
Alexa Wyatt
Directed by Michael Ailwood
John Banas
Bruce Best
Grant Brown
Geoff Cawthorn
Philip East
Robin Hardy
Rod Hardy
Robert Meillon
Steve Mann
David Morgan
Sean Nash
Tony Osicka
Richard Riddiford
Viktors Ritelis
Graham Rouse
Alister Smart
Leigh Spence
Karl Zwicky
Starring (see list of credited cast below)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 1 x 2-hour pilot
404 x 60-minute episodes
716 x 30-minute episodes (UK)
Production
Running time 60 minutes/30 minutes
Release
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 4.3 PAL
Audio format Stereo
Original release 24 January 1989 – 20 May 1993

E Street is an Australian television soap opera created by Forrest Redlich and produced by Network Ten from 24 January 1989 to 20 May 1993.[1]

Whereas Neighbours is set in a Melbourne middle-class suburb, Home and Away in a seaside town, and Richmond Hill a semi-rural ordinary community, E Street was set in a tough fictional inner-city district called Westside and stories revolved around the local community there.

The moderately successful and sedately-paced Grundy serial Richmond Hill was cancelled by Ten to make way for E Street. Richmond Hill had also been successfully sold to ITV in the UK, and was rating in the high-teens in Australia, so it was a huge gamble by Ten to axe it and replace it with the untried E Street. Indeed, it would take 3 years for a UK broadcaster to pick up the soap and E Street initially rated somewhat lower than Richmond Hill in Australia, but audience research indicated that it attracted a significant proportion of the 14–35 audience and a large male viewership - a demographic highly prized by advertisers. Later, with racier storylines, the ratings climbed, eventually eclipsing the figures that Richmond Hill had attracted. E Street ran for 404 one-hour episodes. Like many Australian soap operas before it, E Street was broadcast as two one-hour episodes each week and until the premiere of (unsuccessful) HeadLand in November 2005, it had been the last Australian soap opera to screen its episodes in this format.

About E Street[edit]

E Street was modelled on A Country Practice (Forrest Redlich had worked as a writer on A Country Practice) and could initially be seen as an 'urban' version of that soap, tackling human interest, issue-led stories over two weekly hour-long episodes, with longer-running soapier elements provided by a small ensemble cast. There were further parallels: both soaps featured a police station, a local pub and a doctor's surgery. Whereas A Country Practice featured a veterinary surgery, in E Street, this was replaced with a legal centre. A more obvious comparison with A Country Practice was with the addition of Penny Cook as E Street's anchor character, Dr Elly Fielding. Penny Cook had previously had a tremendously popular run as vet Vicky Dean in A Country Practice from 1981–85 and she was the first of several well-known actors to cross over to E Street during its 4-year run, including Kate Raison, Josephine Mitchell, Joan Sydney and, briefly, Anne Tenney. Another popular member of the original cast was Tony Martin as trendy Reverend Bob Brown and his blossoming relationship with Dr Elly spanned much of the entire run of the series. Other regulars from the beginning included publican Ernie Patchett (Vic Rooney) and his teenage son, Chris (Paul Kelman). He was romancing feisty barmaid Lisa Bennett, played by Alyssa-Jane Cook who became one of the soap's most popular stars. Sarah McKillop (Katrina Sedgewick) arrived in Westside to re-open the Legal Centre at the beginning of the series, and newlyweds Paul (Warren Jones) and Rhonda Berry (Melanie Saloman) were also settling into life on Eden Street when it began.

But what started out as a grittier version of its immediate contemporaries, E Street did not perform well in Australia when it launched in January 1989 and this led to many changes in direction. As early as six months in, the series underwent a revamp and, at first, the original issue-based social commentary storylines were replaced by more upbeat plots, episode titles were ditched and comedy characters were added, brightening up the whole feel and look of E Street. However, the violent demise of two original cast members - one was shot dead in a siege, the other raped and strangled to death - set the extreme and darkened tone of what was to come. By the end of 1989, the programme had an entire new look, redesigned titles, an upbeat and jazzier theme tune plus an expanded cast of more likable and younger characters. Comedy and colour was now a large part of E Street, and the younger cast featured dashing airline pilot Daniel Windsor (Chris Orchard) and his young family moving to E Street as Daniel romanced Dr Elly. His eldest daughter, Toni (Toni Pearen) became particularly popular, and other new characters, such as "Wheels" (Marcus Graham), 'Harley' Brown (Malcolm Kennard) and Alice Sullivan (Marianne Howard) all helped the soap become more popular.

During the 1990 season, E Street's viewing figures began to climb, with the arrival of deranged, drug-addicted Sonny Bennett (Richard Huggett), Lisa Bennett's brother. Sonny's arrival signalled another shake up of the cast, with five established characters disposed of during this period - three members of the Patchett family perished in a car-bomb explosion - but it was these scenes that show near the top of the ratings.

A 'super-bitch with shoulder pads', Sheridan Sturgess, arrived, taking over the local TV station WTV8, the role being played by Kate Raison, another actress famous for her four-year run in A Country Practice (as Cathy Hayden). Sheridan became central to E Street's next big storyline; the arrival of the serial killer Steven Richardson, a.k.a. 'Mr Bad' (Vince Martin). The 1991 season was dominated by this plot, which affected every cast member over an entire year. More high-profile contract-cast were killed off during this storyline, leaving viewers wondering who was going to be killed off next. In Technicolor nightmare sequences, Sheridan revealed the murder of a little girl called Becky Campbell by a man with his face painted half black and half silver. That person was Steven Richardson, Claire Fielding's Karate teacher, leading to Sheridan growing more fearful of Steven. Mr Bad's reign of terror began with the shocking murder of Dr Virginia Travis (Julieanne Newbould) followed soon after by Sheridan's brother Michael (Graham Harvey). E Street had undoubtedly moved on from its well-meaning inception. The opening title sequence was eventually dropped, the pace and melodrama increased and cast turnover became exceptionally high; however, the moves proved popular and E Street topped the Australian ratings for the first time during 1991. Viewers had seemingly accepted the drug abuse, religious cults and crazy stalkers - plus the problematic re-cast of the leading character Dr Elly Fielding when Penny Cook quit and was replaced by Diane Craig. During the rest of 1991 and most of 1992, E Street was the most popular serial in Australia.

As the series established its identity, several music videos and musical performances were incorporated into episodes to promote music released on the offshoot Westside Records music label, whilst some of the actresses, namely Melissa Tkautz and Toni Pearen, released singles which were hits in Australia. Tkautz had the biggest selling single of 1991 with her #1 dance hit "Read My Lips" and the follow-up, "Sexy (Is The Word)", made #3 the same year, all thanks to their inclusion on E Street. Bruce Samazan also released a single, a rap record called "One of a Kind", and artists such as the Maybe Dolls and Euphoria also had hits thanks to the show. The show had developed a look and sound all of its own, and surpassed both Neighbours and Home and Away in the ratings and popularity. At the 1992 Australian Logies, E Street won the coveted "Most Popular Serial" category, sealing the success of the series in its home territory.

Ironically, however, E Street's popularity peaked in 1992 with the conclusion of the 'Mr Bad' storyline. Indeed, it was this long-running plot that kept the show at the top of the Australian ratings and even after the departure of Vince Martin, who originally played the sadistic serial-killer, and Kate Raison as victim Sheriden Sturgess, the 'Mr Bad' plot continued with a new actor playing the part - and new characters for him to torment. However, once Steven Richardson and his alter-ego were killed off, the writers struggled to keep the momentum as several high-profile characters departed and new storylines seemed tame compared to what had happened before. A big loss was Marcus Graham who completed 3 separate stints in the show as Stanley "Wheels" Kovac. Early in the series, he used a wheelchair, hence his nickname, although he was fully upright when he left E Street for good in episode 302, taking with him the popular character, Sheridan Sturgess.

Original favourite Lisa Bennett (Alyssa-Jane Cook) and long-running Alice Sullivan (Marianne Howard) had also left the series by this point and many others were to leave soon after. The solution was a raft of fresh faces; 'lovable nerd' Jamie Newman (Scott McRae) arrived during the 'Mr Bad' revenge plot along with new Police Constable Sam Farrell (Simon Baker); a new bad-boy appeared - Reverend Bob's long-lost gangster brother, Jack Brown, played by Andrew Williams from Neighbours where he'd spent 8 months playing Lou Carpenter's son, Guy. Melissa Bell, also ex-Neighbours, joined the cast as Bonnie Tate and fresh from her role in Home and Away, Josephine Mitchell arrived as Penny O'Brien. These characters were met with limited success, however, and Jack Brown's gangster storylines were considered a low point of E Street's final few months, as was a dream sequence involving Max turning into a werewolf, which seemed a desperate attempt by the writers to hold on to a hastily dwindling audience.

UK launch[edit]

In the UK, Sky Television bought the rights to the series in early 1992, some three years after its Australian debut and while the show was still a huge success on its home network. The entertainment channel Sky One had already screened long-running Aussie serials A Country Practice, The Young Doctors and The Sullivans in the 1980s. In early 1992, the network purchased both Nine Network's flop 'adult' drama Chances and E Street and Sky heavily promoted both series weeks before their subsequent launches.

Sky Television aired E Street in a 30-minute format, stripped Mondays to Fridays at 6:30–7pm, with a repeat the following afternoon at 1 pm. This format had also been used in the UK when broadcasting hour-long drama A Country Practice on ITV in the early 1990s. E Street launched on Sunday, 5 April 1992 and following the two-hour pilot, Sky picked up the story from episode 47 [1] on Monday, 6 April, completely abandoning the opening 46 episodes that had achieved poor ratings in Australia.

Sky heavily publicised the launch of their new Australian soap, and promoted it with the taglines "Meet Your New Neighbours on E Street" and "Your New Neighbours are moving in", clearly using the popularity of the BBC's Neighbours to lure viewers. This slogan could be seen across the country on double-decker buses, billboards and teen magazine advertisements. The actors Tony Martin (Bob), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Lisa), Marcus Graham (Wheels), Leslie Dayman (George), Cecily Polson (Martha) and Vic Rooney (Ernie) all flew to Britain to appear in advertisements promoting the launch of the soap. The Sun newspaper ran competitions based on the show, with first prize being a holiday to Sydney, Australia; runners-up received satellite dishes so they could watch Sky. During the first 12 months it aired in the UK, E Street became one of the highest rated programmes on Sky One averaging around 750,000–1 million viewers an episode. This was at a time when there was an available audience of only around 2.5 million, due to Sky only being available via the Astra satellite and selected cable areas.

During the storyline involving character Sonny Bennett (Richard Huggett) killing three characters in a shocking car-bomb explosion (episodes 170–171). In the UK, where E Street aired in an earlier timeslot, these episodes were broadcast on 23–24 March 1993 and were preceded by a warning to viewers that the episode contained scenes that some may find upsetting. The 12.30pm repeat the following day was dropped entirely and replaced by The Simpsons. Similarly, heavy cuts were made during the "Mr Bad" storyline, particularly the murders of Virginia Travis and Michael Sturgess which were edited for UK screenings.

The end[edit]

Despite winning "Most Popular Serial" in the 1992 Australian Logies, plus actors Bruce Samazan and Simon Baker (then known as Simon Baker-Denny) both winning their respective categories in 1992 and 1993,E Street was cancelled by Network 10 early 1993. It was revealed by creator and Executive Producer Forrest Redlich on the DVD release The Best of Mr Bad Part 2 that the cancellation was more due to creative differences and the direction Network 10 wanted to take the show, than falling viewing figures. A series of high-profile cast departures had also damaged the show's reputation, with long-running and popular characters Wheels, Sheridan Sturgess, Steven Richardson, Joey Valentine, Claire Fielding, Toni Windsor and Craig "C.J" Jones all exiting during the show's last 12 months. A final blow was dealt when viewer favourite and a pivotal character from the start, Reverend Bob Brown, was dramatically killed off when Tony Martin quit the show, with the show's cancellation announced shortly afterwards. Storylines were hastily wrapped up, and in the final episodes (403 and 404), the remaining cast were placed in life-threatening or cliff-hanger situations: Jo-Jo (Kelley Abbey) battled the attentions of a sleazy loan-shark, several characters were trapped inside the blazing Patchetts Pacific pub and Max and Alice were lost in the outback as Bonnie relapsed and slipped into a coma.

When the final episode began, time had moved on seven weeks and gradually it was revealed that all the characters are alive and well having survived the previous episodes' various cliff-hangers. The cast gathered around comatose Bonnie's hospital bedside and each read a line from a poem Max had found in recently deceased Rev. Bob's prayer book. As the last line was read out by Max, Bonnie finally opened her eyes and said; "Max!". A final 10-minute montage of E Street's greatest moments was then played out to the closing credits, with Elly tearfully laying a single red rose on Rev Bob's grave as E Street's final scene, thus suitably signifying the end of the four-year series.

The final episode aired in Australia Thursday, 13 May 1993, with the UK run ending nearly two years later on Tuesday, 28 February 1995. A repeat run of the 1989 and 1990 seasons commenced on Ten in 2000, and was cancelled at the end of 2003. In the UK E Street has never been repeated.

Several cast members immediately went on to star in other Australian soap operas and drama serials:

  • Penny Cook had a long-running recurring role in Neighbours as Prue Brown from 2007 to 2010.
  • Bruce Samazan became a star through his role as Max Simmons in E Street. He immediately went on to star in Neighbours as Mark Gottlieb until 1995, when his character jilted Annalise Hartman (played by Kimberley Davies) at the altar to become a priest. In 1996, he joined Home and Away for a six-month stint as Brad Cooper.
  • Josephine Mitchell immediately joined the cast of Neighbours as Katerina Torrelli, who stalked Bruce Samazan's character Mark Gottlieb.
  • Tony Martin was immediately cast in gritty high-school drama Heartbreak High as pushy science teacher Bill Southgate, between 1994 and 1995.
  • Diane Craig followed former co-star Tony Martin to Hartley High School, where she spent two years as Principal June Dyson between 1995 and 1996.
  • Adrian Lee, Kate Raison, Melissa Tkautz, Malcolm Kennard and Virginia Hey all starred in cult mid-'90s soap Pacific Drive. This soap also had a long-running serial-killer storyline – the first victim ironically being Kate Raison's character, Georgina Ellis.
  • Melissa Tkautz enjoyed popularity during her time on E Street and eventually left the soap to concentrate on touring and promoting her album which had spawned three hit singles. She was voted 'Hottest female on Earth' by a teen music magazine. She returned for the last few months of E Street in 1993. After E Street Tkautz went on to roles in Paradise Beach, Pacific Drive, Echo Point, Medivac and All Saints. In 2005 she released new music and has since appeared in Swift and Shift Couriers on SBS.
  • Toni Pearen released an album featuring two Top-10 hit singles in the early '90s, later worked on film and television in the US and most recently has found success as a TV presenter hosting Australia's Funniest Home Videos for five years from 2003 to 2008. She later appeared in the 8th series of Australia's Dancing With The Stars (Sept. 2008).
  • Briony Behets immediately followed her guest stint in E Street as Margaret Bennett with a three-year run in UK-based soap Families, playing Diana Stevens between 1990 and 1993.
  • After E Street, Joan Sydney returned to Wandin Valley as Matron Maggie Sloane in the ill-fated Network Ten version of A Country Practice in 1994. These days, she has been in the recurring role of Valda Sheergold in Neighbours from 2002 until 2005.
  • Richard Huggett's character Sonny Bennett killed four E Street favourites and then himself. He subsequently played the thoroughly decent character Glen Donnelly in Neighbours, the long-lost son of Jim Robinson. Huggett also appeared in a few episodes of Blue Heelers as a boyfriend of Constable Maggie Doyle (played by Lisa McCune). Huggett was also DC Jeremy Piper in the BBC series Out Of The Blue.
  • Melissa Bell spoke the final word in E Street, when she opened her eyes after several weeks in a coma, she looked up and said "Max!" as the rest of the cast looked on around her hospital bedside. She then immediately returned to her previous role as Lucy Robinson in Neighbours.
  • Serge Lazareff went on to become a script-writer on E Street, and later, as a writer on Heartbreak High, All Saints and Home and Away. He also worked as script editor at Neighbours.

Cast[edit]

Original Cast

  • Dr Elly Fielding #1 (Penny Cook) 1989-91 (pilot, episodes 1-209) (Diane Craig) (252-404)
  • Reverend Bob Brown (Tony Martin) 1989-93 (pilot-384)
  • Sarah McKillop (Katrina Sedgewick) 1989 (1-50)
  • Lisa Bennett (Alyssa-Jane Cook) 1989-92 (pilot-290)
  • Chris Patchett (Paul Kelman) 1989-91 (pilot-171)
  • Sergeant George Sullivan (Leslie Dayman) 1989-93 (pilot-404)
  • Martha O'Dare (Cecily Polson) 1989-93 (pilot-404)
  • Rhonda Berry (Melanie Salomon) 1989 (pilot-40)
  • PC Paul Berry (Warren Jones) 1989-91 (pilot-198)
  • Ernie Patchett (Vic Rooney) 1989-90, 1991-93 (pilot-200, 276-404)
  • Claire Fielding (Brooke "Mikey" Anderson) 1989-91, 1991-92 (pilot-209, 235-320) †

Further Cast 1989-1993

  • David Fielding (Noel Hodda) 1989-91 (pilot-209, recurring until ep 90)
  • Miki Fallon (Peta Toppano) 1989-90 (1-51)
  • Margaret Bennett (Briony Behets) 1989-90 (11-66)
  • Sam Bulmer (Serge Lazareff) 1989-90 (11-62)
  • Daniel Windsor (Chris Orchard) 1989-90 (50-106)
  • Toni Windsor (Toni Pearen) 1989-92 (52-368)
  • Tom Windsor (Andrew Ferguson) 1989-90 (52-106, 150-155)
  • Simon Windsor (Trent Newman) 1989-90 (52-106)
  • Sally Windsor (Emma Scanlon) 1989-90 (52-106)
  • Jennifer St. James (Virginia Hey) 1989-90 (54-105)
  • Stanley "Wheels" Kovac (Marcus Graham) 1989 (55-86), 1991–92 (235-302)
  • Alice Sullivan (Marianne Howard) 1989-1992 (58-290), 1993 (400-404)
  • Megan Patchett (née Bromley) (Lisbeth Kennally) 1989-90 (66-171)
  • JoJo Adams (Kelley Abbey) 1989 (74-86), 1991–93 (254-404)
  • Harley Brown (Malcolm Kennard) 1989-92 (82-236)
  • Abby Rossiter (Chelsea Brown) 1989-90 (89-171)
  • Auntie Vi Patchett (Bunney Brooke) 1990-91 (98-220)
  • Sonny Bennett (Richard Huggett) 1989-90 (109-172)
  • Kim Talbot (Rebecca Saunders) 1990 (109-166)
  • PC Max Simmons (Bruce Samazan) 1990-93 (114-404)
  • Nikki Spencer (Melissa Tkautz) 1990-93 (160-404)
  • Zac Spencer (Daniel Knight) 1990-91 (160-272)
  • Michael Sturgess (Graham Harvey) 1990 (141-148), 1990–91 (171-262)
  • Dr Susan Franklin (Anne Tenney) 1990 (171-176)
  • Sheridan Sturgess (Kate Raison) 1990-92 (178-302)
  • Craig "C.J." Jones (Adrian Lee) 1990-92 (186-368)
  • Dr Virginia Travis (Julieanne Newbould) 1991 (203-254)
  • Joey Valentine (Lorry D'er Cole) 1991-92
  • Mary Patchett (Joan Sydney) 1991-92 (224-276)
  • Steven Richardson #1 (Vince Martin) 1991-92 (248-290, Olav Evensen from episode 299-318)
  • Sergeant Roy Harrison (John Clayton) 1991 (265-270)
  • Jamie Newman (Scott McRae) 1992-93 (277-396)
  • Penny O'Brien (Josephine Mitchell) 1992-93 (284-404)
  • Charlie O'Brien (Prue McGuire) 1992-93 (286-404)
  • PC Sam Farrell (Simon Baker) 1992-93 (293-404)
  • Amy Preston (Rebecca Rigg) 1992 (299-320)
  • Jack Brown (Andrew Williams (actor)) 1992-93 (321-404)
  • Bonnie Tate (Melissa Bell) 1992-93 (347-404) ††
  • Sally McKinnon (Joanna Lockwood) 1992-93 (369-404)
  • Laura Fielding (Antoinette Byron) 1993 (361-404)

† credited as Brooke 'Mikey' Anderson.
†† Melissa Bell also played a minor character called Janine in 1989, before joining Neighbours as Lucy Robinson

Broadcast history[edit]

Australia
Network Ten
Wednesday 24 January 1989 - Thursday 13 May 1993
Wednesday and Thursdays
Repeated the first 184 episodes (1989 and 1990 seasons) during 2000 to 2001 at 5 pm.

United Kingdom
Sky One
Pilot episode screened Sunday 5 April 1992 at 2 pm and 8 pm.
From Monday 6 April 1992, E Street commenced with episode 47 and screened Monday to Friday at 6:30 to 7 pm with a repeat the following afternoon at 1 pm.
11 September 1993, episode 252, E Street was moved to weekend daytime slots and was shown in hour-long episodes on Saturdays 6–7 pm and Sundays 1–2 pm. This was briefly to accommodate Paradise Beach in the 18.30 weekday slot but ultimately became an extremely unpopular scheduling decision.
On Tuesday, 4 January 1994, E Street returned to the 6:30 pm timeslot with the afternoon repeat now at 12:30 pm, thus creating an 'Aussie Soap Hour' with Paradise Beach which aired midday/6 pm.
E Street remained popular in the UK, despite its cancellation in Australia. During September 1994, a year and a half after it last aired Down Under, E Street was moved to the primetime 7 pm slot and the final episode 404 screened on Monday 27th-Tuesday 28 February 1995 as 2 half-hour episodes.
Sky One did not transmit Episodes 1 to 46 of E Street. Subsequent episodes were customised and heavily edited for transmission on Sky One. This included heavy soundtrack changes, major cuts of violent and unsuitable scenes (Episodes 170, 254 and 260 are examples) and a different closing sequence, removing advertising and music credits.
E Street has never been repeated in the UK.

Theme and titles[edit]

The original episodes of E Street had a lengthy opening title sequence made up of clips from the pilot and first episodes and was accompanied by a slow, jazzy theme tune. However, when the series relaunched 6 months later at Episode 47, the entire sequence, including the E Street logo, was replaced by a specially compiled montage of the contract cast, cleverly linked together with a paint-brush wipe effect. Episode 51 introduced a more upbeat and funky theme tune, replacing the previous soulless version. These changes perfectly encapsulated the new image the programme was trying to convey and attract a wider audience.

This design of opening titles and music lasted until Episode 134, featuring only minor alterations as characters came and went. From Episode 135, however, the opening title sequence was dropped and replaced with a re-cap of the previous episode, an aerial view of Eden Street with the E Street logo forming, followed by establishing shots of the area with writer and producer credits. Sometimes, the previous episode cliffhanger would be played after the short sequence and continue uninterrupted into the episode. This practice was common with Network Ten stable-mate Neighbours, which similarly dropped its opening credits in 1990 in favour of a short re-cap, brief titles accompanied by a music sting. This opening to E Street remained until its final episodes, although Neighbours reinstated an opening sequence in 1992. More recently, Home and Away now frequently open episodes with a re-cap, brief title screen and 5 second music sting, much like E Street in the early 1990s.

The end title sequence remained unchanged, with credits rolling over an aerial shot of Westside during nighttime. The original theme for the closing credits was 2 minutes in duration, and was changed from Episode 51 to the updated version, an extended mix of the music now used for the opening titles.

On the original Australian credits, there were several sponsorship credits that were removed from UK broadcasts. A different music soundtrack was also used on the international version of E Street, but can be heard uncut on the recent DVD release of the series.

Awards[edit]

E Street and the cast have won and been nominated for several Logies during the shows four-year run.

Logies won:

Logies Nominated:

Reunion[edit]

On 20 August 2006, several cast members were reunited on the Australian TV series Where Are They Now, broadcast on Seven Network.[2] The cast members that appeared on the programme were Marcus Graham (Wheels), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Lisa Bennett), Melissa Tkautz (Nikki Spencer), Bruce Samazan (Max Simmons), Melissa Bell (Bonnie Tate) and Brooke Anderson (Claire Fielding). The studio guests were joined via a satellite link-up to Vince Martin who starred as the show's most memorable character, Mr Bad.

DVD release[edit]

In August 2007, E Street was finally released on DVD, through Umbrella Entertainment, who have also released celebratory DVD sets of other Australian soap operas, The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters. The first boxset called "The Best of Mr Bad Volume 1" is a 5-disc set and, unusually for this kind of release, features 20 consecutive episodes from 253 to 272, that originally aired in 1991 (1993-94 in the UK). The set tells the beginning of the notorious Mr Bad storyline which achieved massive viewing figures when they originally aired. Commentaries on episode 272 are provided by Bruce Samazan (Max) and Melissa Tkautz (Nikki) with Australian soap expert Andrew Mercado.

A second 5-disc DVD set, "The Best of Mr Bad Part 2" was released on 3 December 2007, and once again, contained consecutive episodes from 273 to 292, which continued the long-running Steven Richardson/Mr Bad storyline. Episode 288 features revealing commentary provided by E Street creator and executive Producer, Forrest Redlich.

Belgium: Wittekerke[edit]

The Belgian channel vtm reshot E Street in a Dutch version called Wittekerke. Wittekerke followed similar storylines during first seasons, although there were some minor differences due to cultural differences.[2] It was the intention to only make 1 season with 32 episodes. However, Wittekerke became a success and 15 seasons (1067 episodes) were made. Wittekerke was aired between 1993 and 2008 and again from 2012 on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albert Moran and Chris Keating, The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 0810870223 (pp. 149–150)
  2. ^ SOAPS AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: Community and Family in Wittekerke and E-street Archived 6 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.

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