The TV series started as a spin-off
from the film, "The Heartbreak Kid" which was adapted from
the play of the same name by Richard Barrett. Ben Gannon
produced the film with Michael Jenkins directing it and
it met with critical and financial success upon release
Ben then approached the TV networks with the idea
of a youth show based upon the film and the TEN NETWORK
signed on. Chris Roache was hired to set up and run the
Script Department. After 91 episodes the TEN NETWORK parted
company with the show and, after year or so the ABC picked
up the Australian TV rights.
In all, 210 episodes were made and the series
was much more successful internationally than in Australia
which has a relatively small viewing audience. The
series continues to screen all over the globe and probably
has a world wide audience of ten million or more.