Holmes specified that the new series be set in a tight-knit community of some sort.
"Sexuality and other previously taboo subjects had been part of the brief.
The building consisted of six flats - two on each level.
They sat above a ground floor delicatessen and a chemist shop - each with their own flat.
Storylines examined the lives of the various residents and the shopkeepers.
The deli, along with a nearby pub and laundrette, (as well as the busy stair well) provided central locations for the various characters to mix and congregate.
Tourist buses would stop at the location up until the early 1980s.
 The series premiered in Sydney on the evening of 13 March 1972 with the first three episodes of the serial run together to form a ninety-minute special.
In Melbourne, at least initially after its premiere, episodes of were screened in one hour blocks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30 p.m.
With the program's depictions of sex and nudity, ATV-0 in Melbourne flashed up warnings before each screening warning viewers that "is an adult program and the realism at times may shock you."  Episode one opens with a brief exterior shot of the building with a removal van parked outside as the title appears, and the shrieking voice of a middle-aged woman named Dorrie Evans (Pat Mc Donald) is heard - something that would become mighty familiar to ongoing viewers of the show.
Early on in the series the chemist shop was converted to a wine bar which became the primary meeting place for the show's characters and assorted visitors, and the pub was phased out of the series.