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Jennifer Smart Jennifer Smart i(A148973 works by)
Born: Established: Blayney, Blayney area, Blayney - Cowra - Grenfell area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Television script-writer and novelist.

Born in Blayney, near Bathurst, Jennifer Smart lived briefly in Newcastle and then in Sydney, where she attended a North Shore high school and then Sydney University.

She worked in television in both Australia (including work on Crash Palace for Foxtel and a five-year stint on Home and Away as first assistant to the director and then script-writer) and in the US (including production roles on Naked Science and I Shouldn't Be Alive). To work in film/TV, she originally trained as a make-up artist, then retrained in Continuity (also known as script supervisor / director's assistant).

These experiences later informed her first novel, The Wardrobe Girl, which is set on an Australian soap opera much like Home and Away.


'AWW Feature: Jennifer Smart and The Wardrobe Girl', Book'd Out, 11 March 2014 (

'Home and Away with Jennifer Smart' Culture Street, 15 April 2014 (

Shepherd, Hayley, 'Jennifer Smart, author of The Wardrobe Girl, answers Ten Terrifying Questions', Booktopia, 26 February 2014. (

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form y separately published work icon Home and Away 1988 Australia : Seven Network , 1988- Z1367287 1988 series - publisher film/TV

Home and Away is a television serial created by Alan Bateman and produced by the Seven Network. The idea for the series came to Bateman (then head of drama at Seven) after he stopped to buy ice-creams in a small country town in southern NSW. While chatting to some locals, he learned that the town was unhappy about plans to build a home for foster kids from the city. At that time, Channel Seven was still smarting from its decision to let Neighbours go to the Ten Network, where it had become hugely popular, and was looking to create another series to rival its success. Bateman saw in the idea that became Home and Away the potential for plenty of storylines and conflict by having streetwise city kids being relocated to a small regional environment,

In the beginning, the series focused on Pippa and Tom Fletcher, who, being unable to have children of their own, decide to become foster parents. When Tom is retrenched from his city job, the couple buy the rundown Summer Bay Caravan Park and move there with their five foster children. Soon after arriving, they also take in troublesome Bobby Simpson.

The series debuted in January 1988 with an hour-long telemovie. Although this rated well, the series itself took some while to develop an audience. Having learned their lesson from the Neighbours debacle, Network Seven gave its new show time, and its ratings gradually increased. As with Neighbours, the Home and Away series and performers became very popular in the United Kingdom.

2019 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2018 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2015 winner Logie Awards Best Drama
2014 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1998 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1996 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1995 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1994 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1993 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1991 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
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