1 9 9 3 (Australia)
260 x 30 minute episodes
Australian television has an unenviable history of badly produced, cheap shows, but Paradise Beach really took the cake.
Essentially a parade of models pretending they could act, Paradise Beach was the worst of the worst.
Even a parade of hot young stars and starlets (including Olivia Newton-John‘s first husband, Matt Lattanzi) couldn’t save the series, and with poor ratings and overseas sales the daily show did not come back for a second season and all the storylines were left up in the air.
Actress Megan Connolly, who played Tori Hayden, died in September 2001 of a heroin overdose.
Paradise Beach was parodied extensively in the popular Australian comedy series The Late Show. The D-Generation team targetted the poor acting, the formulaic plot and characterisation, characters dancing every time rock music was played, and the cash-in mentality of filming the soap at a beachside studio complex (“Hey, look! Warner Brothers Movie World!”).
Robyn Devereaux Barsby
Lisa Whitman Barsby