Home and Away

Series creator Alan Bateman passes away

Bosses at Seven have paid tribute to Home and Away series creator Alan Bateman, who has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Series creator Alan Bateman passes away

Home and Away series creator Alan Bateman has passed away following a battle with cancer, it has been confirmed today.

As the show celebrates nearly 25 years of production, Tim Worner - the CEO of Australia's Seven Network Television - has said that it will remain Alan's legacy.

'In an industry built on legends, Alan Bateman was a trail blazer.

'Home and Away, conceived, developed and executive produced by Alan during its critical early seasons will ensure his history and that of the iconic series are forever linked.

'When Alan was in charge of a production, everyone had fun.

'That spirit lives on inside Home and Away today.'

Alan came up with the idea for Home and Away in 1987, during a stop-off in the quiet town of Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales. After being inspired by a chat with the locals, he spent the following months developing his ideas into story form; nearly 25 years later the series, which was first screened in 1988, holds the record of being the second longest-running drama on Australian television, with a dedicated the following the world over.