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Close to Home - Final Episode Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Drama Soap Opera

Close to Home - Final Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Drama Soap Opera

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This is the final episode of the pioneering Kiwi soap. TV One’s Hearte family saga achieved enormous popularity during its eight year run, and provided a training ground for a generation of screen talent. But by 1982 Close to Home’s characters were aging or departed, and the show faced competition from American youth-focused fare (eg Fame, The Six Million Dollar Man). With this 818th episode it was time for moving house, nostalgic re-caps, for The Seekers’ ‘Carnival is Over’ to score the opening credits, and for Tom (John Bach) to stub out his last ciggie and write the ending.

Key Cast & Crew

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John Bach

As: Tome Hearte

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John Whitwell

Producer, Director

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Keith Aberdein


One of my earliest memories as a small boy was standing on the hills above Paekakariki with my grandfather, looking towards Kapiti and the Cook Strait. I suppose it was inevitable that I should end the story here: the old man and his grandson braced against the wind. Should I give it a dramatic twist? A terrible earthquake? Nah ...
– Tom Hearte (John Bach)

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Television One (TV One)


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