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The Secret Life Of Us
Format Drama
Created by John Edwards
Amanda Higgs
Starring Claudia Karvan
Samuel Johnson
Deborah Mailman
Abi Tucker
Joel Edgerton
Sibylla Budd
David Tredinnick
Spencer McLaren
Damian De Montemas
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 86
Production
Running time 60 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Original run 16 July 2001 – 28 December 2005

The Secret Life of Us was a television drama series set in the beachside suburb of St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. The series was produced by Southern Star Entertainment and screened in Australia from 2001 to 2005 on Network Ten and on Channel 4 in the UK. Initially co-funded by the two networks, Channel 4 pulled out after the third series and the fourth series was not aired in the UK. It has been shown in other countries such as New Zealand (TV3), Ireland (RTÉ Two), Canada (PrideVision), the Netherlands (Yorin), France (Canal Plus), Estonia (ETV, Kanal 11), Norway (NRK), Serbia (TV Avala) and Israel (Channel 2).

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Plot

The show revolves around a group of friends in their mid twenties to early thirties who live in a St Kilda apartment building (the actual block is Belvedere Flats on the Esplanade). Their interaction with one another, relationships with other friends and romantic interests, along with their personal and career development, are featured.

History and popularity

Initially, the series was immensely popular in Australia, and had a devoted cult following in the UK.

The show's ratings began to dwindle following the departure of several main characters, the introduction of new characters and its shifting time slot. The third series featured a particularly high character turnover with many original characters leaving the show during this period while their replacements failed to last out the series. The fourth series concluded with only two original characters - barkeeper Simon (Tredinnick) and student Kelly (Mailman) - still on board, after the key character of writer Evan (Johnson) departed early in that season.

Cancellation

Production ended in 2004 with the completion of the fourth series.

The decision had been made to discontinue production after the first three episodes of the fourth series aired in Australia to disastrously low ratings. At that time the program was removed from its prime-time timeslot.

The unscreened episodes from that final season were broadcast with little publicity in late 2005.

DVD releases

All four series of the show are available on DVD in Australia and series 1-3 are also available in the UK (the fourth series is not now being released). The title music is Death Defy by Melbourne band Motor Ace.

Cast list

Regular Stars

Recurring Guest Stars

See also

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