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Ed Nelson was one of only two Peyton’s Place cast members to appear in the entire run of American television’s first peak-time soap opera, which featured murder, divorce, wife-beating, teenage pregnancy, rape and blackmail in a fictional New England coastal town and attracted up to 60 million viewers in the programme’s home country alone.

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