Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Still another Australian soap opera from the busy firm of Crawford Productions, Holiday Island debuted Down Under in June 1981. The titular Island was a run-down vacation resort, supervised by Neil and Angela Scott (Nick Tate, Caz Lederman). Despite their strenuous efforts to make a going concern of the resort, Neil and Angela were usually sabotaged by the larcenous business schemes of Neil's brother Jason (Steven Grimes). In true Love Boat fashion, the series featured a number of colorful supporting actors cast as the hotel's staff, and also boasted an impressive guest-star list, comprised of British and Australian TV and movie favorites. Rushed into production to replace the failed continuing drama Bellamy, Holiday Island was filmed on location in Melbourne. After the series ran its 64-episode course, its enormous standing set was reconverted into a genuine suburban housing complex.