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Betty Lucas (as Faith Drysdale) and Alan Cassell (as Ben Drysdale) in Taurus Rising (screen cap)
form y separately published work icon Taurus Rising series - publisher   film/TV  
Issue Details: First known date: 1982... 1982 Taurus Rising
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Designed as an antipodean counterpart to glossy American soap operas Dallas and Dynasty, Taurus Rising (which traced the rivalry of two affluent families, the Drysdales and the Brents) cost $4.5 million to produce, but did so poorly on air that it was rapidly shifted to a weekend timeslot (according to Moran, in his Guide to Australian TV Series) and ultimately ran to only nineteen episodes. It did, however, later sell to overseas markets, where it was marketed as an extended mini-series.


  • The opening episode of Taurus Rising is partly available to view on YouTube: (Sighted: 24/11/2011)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Reg Grundy Enterprises , 1982 .
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      Title screen for Taurus Rising (screen cap)
      Extent: 19x60min. episodesp.
      Description: Produced on videotape; colour
      • Moran (as noted above) describes Taurus Rising as being shot on videotape, though other sources suggest it was, in contrast to other Australian soap operas, shot entirely on film.
Last amended 24 Nov 2011 13:45:26