McLeod's Daughters is an Australian television drama series created by Posie Graeme-Evans and Caroline Stanton and produced by Millennium Television, Nine Films & Television and Foxtel which tells the story of two McLeod sisters who are reunited when they inherit a vast outback cattle station.
Thrown together after 20 years apart they pull together an all-female workforce and commit to life at Drovers Run, 180 km from the nearest town and 400 km from the city.
The series premiered in Australia on the Nine Network on 8 August, 2001. It comes to an end after the eighth season, which ends in January 2009.
McLeod's Daughters airs in South Africa on DStv's Hallmark channel.
Season 8 premiered on Hallmark on Monday 20 October 2008, at 19h00. Double episodes air back-to-back each week. There are 22 episodes in the eighth and final season.
Season 8 Repeats
Season 8 Synopsis
Begin a fond farewell to a long-time TV favourite as the last season of this epic Australian drama returns with all the hardship, beauty and romance of the land.
The final season opens with the shocking news that someone is missing after the terrifying car accident involving Grace, Riley, Tayler and Patrick that closed out the last season.
This season the program will welcome some new and interesting faces, including guest stars Martin Lynes and Alex Cook, a father and daughter who desperately need help from the women of Drovers Run.
Grace's sister, Jaz McLeod, (Edwina Ritchard) returns with a dark secret. Can the sisters overcome their differences for the good of Drovers Run? And when Stevie's cousin, Ben Hall, (John Schwarz) arrives to lend a helping hand he sets hearts racing.
Romance is in the air as new couples hook up and old ones reunite, while a love triangle causes havoc for the women.
The birth of Stevie and Alex's baby brings happiness and joy, but is tragedy just around the corner?
This season will also feature an all-singing and dancing musical episode, and some familiar characters return to Drovers Run as well.
McLeod's Daughters was launched on the Nine Network in August 2001 and was the third most watched Australian TV drama series in 2002.
Series one of McLeod's Daughters was sold to the giant American cable network Hallmark, who successfully debuted it in the UK in October 2001, and throughout Asia in March 2002.
The series was also been picked up by TVNZ in New Zealand, where it became an instant hit with viewers.
Creator Posie Graeme-Evans developed the original concept for McLeod's Daughters for a successful and high-rating 1996 Nine Network telemovie, and it has been in development since as a series.
Posie says a photograph depicting "blue skies and quintessentially Aussie girls' faces with big wide grins under the broad brim of a classic RM Williams hat" inspired her.
The homestead Anecdotes by country friends and Posie's love of South Australian landscapes, as depicted in Sir Hans Heysen paintings, also contributed to the McLeod's Daughters concept.
While the series was being developed, Kingsford, the property featured in the original telemovie, was put on the market. The Nine Network seized the opportunity to purchase the property in 1999, knowing that being able to film on a working farm would be fundamental to the success of the series.
Although the location remains the same as the telemovie, the characters in the series of McLeod's Daughters have been developed considerably and are played by a different cast.
Jodi Ex-cast member Bridie Carter, who played Tess Silverman McLeod, was a newcomer at the beginning of the series but became a household name along with fellow cast newcomer Rachael Carpani and ex-cast member Myles Pollard. Simmone Jade Mackinnon, who joined the cast at the end of 2003, has fast becoming a recognised name. The highly talented Michala Banas joined the core cast in 2004.
Sonia Todd and Aaron Jeffery complete the core cast and bring diverse experience in both television and features films — contributing immeasurably to what Posie refers to as "a well-balance cast". They are supported by experienced actors Marshall Napier and John Jarratt who play regular guest cast roles.
The four female leads carry the heart of each story throughout the series, which Posie believes reflects much of the truth of what's happening in Australia.
"The timing was right for this type of show - a rural-based series which showcases a predominately female cast and tells stories that reflect the lives and desires of contemporary Australian women," said Posie.
McLeod's Daughters is the first prime-time drama series to be filmed entirely in South Australia. The series is a co-production between Millennium Television and Nine Films and Television, produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation.