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SynopsisEdit

H&a pilot

Home and Away pilot telemovie episode (17 January, 1988) introduced childless couple The Fletcher's, Tom and Pippa (played by Roger Oakley and Vanessa Downing) pictured with Ray Meagher (right) as Alf Stewart at Summer Bay House.

The Home and Away pilot episode is the feature length episode, later re-edited to a tele-movie which kicked off this iconic Australian TV soap opera.The 90 minute episode, (3 episode together) which spent 3 years in production, aired in Australia on 17th January, 1988 on the Seven Network and focused on the Fletcher family moving to the coastal town of Summer Bay from Sydney, or "The City" as it is known by the Summer Bay residents.

I have now created stub article for every H&A episode from this episode to date. Now I just have to add summaries. So lets start with The Pilot, some almost 7000 episodes ago.

Tom Fletcher, and his wife of 10 years Pippa Fletcher move to Summer Bay from their city house. Tom has been made redundant. Tom celebrates his 40th birthday. They have fostered Frank Morgan (who appeared in a flashback to 1978 aged 8, the first ever scene of H&A). Tom is then told of his redundancy by his boss. Later on the family relocate to the seaside town of Summer Bay, where they meet longtime caravan park residents Neville and Floss McPhee.They have 5 rowdy but troubled foster children. They do not go down too well with Donald Fisher who wants to see Bobby Simpson jailed, and would even have a few lies told. Don and Tom argue and Don says he can make their life hell if he wants to. The Fletchers, decide to foster Bobby as foster child number 6

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Writer Bevan Lee

Producer John Holmes

Exec producer Alan Bateman

Prev Ep NoneEdit

Next Ep Episode 1 (18 January 1988)Edit

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TriviaEdit

  • In early 1985, preparations were made for a new show about a fostering family and this idea is what this pilot eventually became when it was ready for filming in June 1987. Alan Bateman, the shows creator liked to spend time getting a show to develop. He spent over 2 years researching case histories of foster children and returned several times to the town where he got the idea from, getting info from locals about the foster home and how they felt.
  • This episode was filmed in July 1987, 6 months before airing on Australian screens. Carol Willesse originally filmed scenes for the pilot episode as Pippa Fletcher but could not commit to the show full time so left and Vanessa Downing was given the role.

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