Sylvania Waters (TV series)

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Sylvania Waters
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes12[1]
ProducerPaul Watson
Running time43-44 minutes
Original networkAustralian Broadcasting Corporation[2][3]
UK Horizons
Original release7 March (1992-03-07) –
28 June 1992 (1992-06-28)

Sylvania Waters was an Australian reality television series that followed the lives of an Australian family – one of the first such programs in Australia.[4][5][3][6] It premiered on Australian television in 1992 and was co-produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).[7] The show documented the lives of Noeline Baker and Laurie Donaher of 48 Macintyre Crescent in the Sydney waterside suburb of Sylvania Waters over a six-month period, emphasising the couple's newfound wealth and luxurious lifestyle as well as interpersonal conflicts.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ Rampton, James (10 November 1995). "The stitch-up merchant..." The Independent.
  2. ^ "Sylvania Waters 'made wife suicidal'". The Herald. Glasgow, Scotland: Herald and Times Group. 30 August 1993.
  3. ^ a b Milliken, Robert (24 July 1992). "TV family saga offends sensitive Australians". The Independent.
  4. ^ "The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Encyclopedia of Television - Sylvania, Waters".
  5. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (20 November 2006). "Interview: Paul Watson". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "ACA visits Noeline and Laurie". July 2014.
  7. ^ Kalina, Paul (11 March 2010). "A long way from Sylvania Waters". The Age.
  8. ^ Lister, David (22 April 1993). "First Night: TV family makes Australians cringe: Sylvania Waters". The Independent.
  9. ^ "Sylvania Waters feud". A Current Affair. 2 April 2012. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Maddox, Garry (13 October 2009). "Reality takes a beating as Noeline rides again". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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