Saturday, July 13, 2024

Former Home and Away exec reveals scrapped storyline for fan favourite


It has been revealed that a prior fan favourite character from Home and Away was almost brought back a few years ago.

Summer Bay’s former principal Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) was a regular from the show’s inception in 1988 until the early 2000s, with his last appearance in 2007.

Donald – also known as Flathead – was set to return in 2015 as part of former wife Marilyn Chambers’ amnesia narrative, according to former screenplay executive Dan Bennett.

Marilyn was electrocuted in a bizarre accident at the Diner during the events, and when she awoke from her coma, she thought it was still the mid-1990s and that she was still married to Donald.


Dan responded to a question concerning character returns on Twitter, indicating that Donald was intended to return for the events, where he was also set to die in Alf Stewart’s arms as part of a euthanasia narrative.

“After the Marilyn amnesia incident (remember when she thought she was married to Fisher?) Fisher was supposed to return,” he explained.

“Then we’d have staged a months-long Euthanasia tale (following the dementia reveal) in which Alf held his closest friend on the beach while he helped him slip away…”

He then went on to say: “Network did not believe that anyone would be interested. I don’t agree.”


Back to the Bay previously reported that they had a “big Fisher narrative planned” for the time period, with Dan expressing hope that “it plays out one day.”

Donald and Marilyn divorced in 2001, a few years after the tragic death of their baby Byron, and he later remarried to June Reynolds, who he divorced in 2007.

He returned the following year, but after returning to the school – this time as Vice Principal – he quit and travelled to the United Kingdom to see Marilyn, who was battling breast cancer.

Dan also stated on Twitter that Brody Morgan (Jackson Heywood) was supposed to be gay as part of a separate plot.


“During my most recent stay, one of the series regulars was meant to be gay, while another was designed to be larger placed in frame… both were chastised by the network,” he stated, later revealing it was Brody.

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