9 Jul: The Sun Sets on ‘Eldorado’

One of the BBC’s biggest-ever flops, soap opera ‘Eldorado’, broadcast its final episode on 9th July, 1993 – just one year after it had begun, at a reported cost of £10 million.

Focussing on the glamorous lives of British expats – fusing the elements of ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Neighbours’ – it had seemed destined to be a sure-fire hit. So, a large permanent set for the fictional town of Los Barcos was built from scratch in the Costa Del Sol. These days it is used for paint-balling.

In this episode, Olly, Rebecca and Arion unearth Rupert Murdoch’s alleged attempts to sabotage the soap; consider whether it was actually rather more successful an enterprise than it was given credit for at the time; and reveal which cancelled TV shows they’d resurrect, if only they could…

Further Reading:

• The final scene and closing credits of ‘Eldorado’ (BBC, 1993):

• ‘Sun, sea and subtitles – how Eldorado became TV’s biggest flop’ (The Guardian, 2018): https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jul/09/eldorado-bbc-one-soap-opera

• Los Barcos – the Unofficial Eldorado Website: http://www.losbarcos.org.uk/