Lynn Bayonas

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Lynn Bayonas
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Lynette Margaret Bower

(1943-04-11)11 April 1943
Died25 January 2010(2010-01-25) (aged 66)
OccupationTelevision producer, television writer
Years active1964–2008
Spouse(s)Luis Bayonas
RelativesSusan Bower

Lynnette Margaret Bayonas (11 April 1943 – 25 January 2010)[1] was an Australian television producer and writer. Her sister was Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower.

Personal life[edit]

Bower was 18 years old and living in London when she got her breakthrough into television. She was an assistant to the general manager of The Australian Ballet who were then travelling through Europe and were due to travel on to the United States, somewhere that Bayonas didn't want to go.[2]

Whilst working in London, Bayonas heard of a job coming up with Citizen Kane creator Orson Welles. She agreed to meet Welles when he was making Casino Royale with Peter Sellers, Bayonas told him how she wasn't enjoying her job at the Australian Ballet and Welles invited her to Spain immediately.[2] While working in Spain she met her future husband, Luis Bayonas, a writer, art director and assistant director.[2]


Bayonas' first job was taking notes for the film that Welles was working on at the time. Bayonas admitted that working with Welles taught her about flexibility in storytelling and turned her against many writing courses that she felt were structured.[citation needed]

After meeting her husband in Spain, Bayonas wanted to return to Australia, and Crawford Productions allowed her to do that by appointing her as script editor and writer on shows Homicide,[3] Division 4,[3] The Box and The Sullivans.[4] In the 1980s she started work on A Country Practice, the programme that later allowed her sister Susan Bower to break into television writing.

Beginning in 1994, Bayonas lived in Los Angeles, California for six years, writing for Paramount Pictures. During her time in Los Angeles, she worked on programmes such as Sunset Beach and Prime Time. In 2000, Bayonas decided to return to Australia and began work on television programmes such as The Saddle Club,[5] The Secret Life of Us[6] and Lawrence of Arabia. In 2008, just as the third series of The Saddle Club finished production, cancer took hold of Bayonas[1] meaning that this was Bayonas' last work before her death from cancer in January 2010.

She was also head of her own production company, Lynn Bayonas Productions, based in Preston, Victoria[7]



Role Production Duration
Writer Homicide 1964
Writer Division 4 1969
Writer/Script Editor Homicide 1971–72
Writer The Box 1974
Writer Quality of Mercy 1975
Writer The Sullivans 1976
Writer Skyways 1979
Producer The Nargun and the Stars 1980
Writer Holiday Island 1981
Script Consultant Hector's Bunyip 1986
Writer/Creator Willing and Abel 1987
Producer Raw Silk 1988
Writer Chances 1991
Producer/Writer Good Vibrations 1992
Writer A Country Practice 1994
Producer The Saddle Club 2001–08
Producer Guinevere Jones 2002
Writer Parallax 2004


It was announced on 25 January 2010 that Bayonas had died following a long battle with cancer.[8] She was 66 years old. The Australian soap opera Neighbours, of which Bayonas's sister Susan Bower is an executive producer, marked Bayonas's death at the end of their episode broadcast on 25 January 2010 with a title card as the credits rolled.[8]


  1. ^ a b Davern, James (2 February 2010). "All-rounder gave TV audiences much pleasure". Australia: The Age. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Courtis, Brian (20 June 2002). "Taking the Reins". The Age. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Rogers, Margaret (25 June 2009). "Refractory: The Bill". Refractory: The Bill. ISSN 1447-4905.
  4. ^ "Crawford Productions Names A–F". Crawford TV Productions. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  5. ^ Hudson, Sarah (1 April 2009). "Join The Saddle Club". The Weekly Times. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ McManus, Bridget (10 April 2008). "Dark City". The Age. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Writer/producer Lynn Bayonas passes away". Australia: Encore Magazine. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (26 January 2010). "Vale: Lynn Bayonas". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 January 2010.

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