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20 hours ago, Edward Skylover said:


Exactly. I hope Home and Away follows suit eventually and starts updating its broadcast model - the fact it still airs 4 or even 6 weeks behind Australian broadcasts is ridiculous in this day and age.


Yes, it's crazy that in the UK, H&A still airs several weeks behind Australia. Neighbours was given a real boost when it went to same-day broadcasts. 

15 hours ago, YRBB said:


unless they rush production, which can come with its own set of issues.



Agreed - lack of rehearsal time, etc. Do they even get to rehearse on Neighbours? I know the UK soaps only seem to do so when it's a big event these days.


How many episodes a week does Neighbours currently film? Am pretty sure it's more than five, which means they are already used to getting ahead of themselves. 

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1 minute ago, Adamski said:

How many episodes a week does Neighbours currently film? Am pretty sure it's more than five, which means they are already used to getting ahead of themselves. 


6. It changed during the Susan Bower years.


2 minutes ago, Adamski said:

Agreed - lack of rehearsal time, etc. Do they even get to rehearse on Neighbours? I know the UK soaps only seem to do so when it's a big event these days.


I thought it was only Emmerdale out of the UK soaps, where they didn't rehearse. Not sure about Neighbours. I don't think the show will decline in quality. It's only 18 extra episodes. It's fantastic news.

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1 hour ago, Edward Skylover said:

They brought back Julie Martin in a webisode series called Neighbours VS Time Travel and it made my week. Hence my new avatar is Julie.

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That's one of the greatest things I've seen a soap do for longtime fans in many years. It was great to see Julie again. 

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The Australian government has begun to contribute funding towards Neighbours as a production to keep it running, as it was deemed too important to the Australian film industry to lose.



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January 2018 Episode Rankings
A total of 18 episodes aired this month.


1. Jodi Anasta (Elly Conway) : 12

*. Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi) : 12

3. Tim Kano (Leo Tanaka) : 11

4. Zoe Cramond (Amy Williams) : 10

*. Rebekak Elmaloglou (Terese Willis) : 10

*. Takaya Honda (David Tanaka) : 10

*. Sharon Johal (Dipi Sharma) : 10

*. Andrew Morley (Jack Callahan) : 10

*. Scarlet Vas (Mishti Sharma) : 10

*. Ash Williams (Rory Zemiro) : 10

*. Matt Wilson (Aaron Branning) : 10

12. Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) : 9

*. Mavournee Hazel (Piper Brennan) : 9

*. Felix Mallard (Ben Kirk) : 9

*. Colette Mann (Sheila Canning) : 9

*. Scott McGregor (Mark Brennan) : 9

*. Damian Richardson (Gary Canning) : 9

*. Lilly Van Der Meer (Xanthe Canning) : 9

19. Travis Burns (Tyler Brennan) : 8

*. Nicholas Coghlan (Shane Rebecchi) : 8

*. Eve Morey (Sonya Rebecchi) : 8

22. Olympia Valance (Paige Smith) : 7

23. Vani Dhir (Kirsha Rebecchi) : 5

*. Olivia Junkeer (Yashvi Rebecchi) : 5

25. Carla Bonner (Stephanie Scully) : 4

*. Maria Theodorakis (Louise McLeod) : 4

*. Darcy Tadich (Jimmy Williams) : 4

28. Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) : 3

29. Scarlett Anderson (Nell Rebecchi) : 2

*. Joel Creasey (Mick Allsop) : 2

*. Geoff Paine (Clive Gibbons) : 2

32. Mieke Billing-Smith (Willow Somers) : 1

*. Erica Brown (Tia Martinez) : 1

*. Blake Draper (Gus Martinez) : 1

*. Anne Scott-Pendlebury (Hilary Robinson) : 1

*. Michael Vice (Adrian Snyder) : 1

*. Madeleine West (Mystery woman) : 1


Contract stars not appearing this month :

Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy)

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Neighbours confirms it will show Australian TV’s first ever same-sex wedding


Neighbours is set to hold Australian TV’s first ever same-sex wedding.

On May 18, the country’s longest-running drama, which has been on our screens for 33 years, featured a gay proposal when long-term partners Aaron Brennan and David Tanaka both popped the question to each other. 



The adorable scene concluded with the pair happy and engaged – and it seems like they intend to tie the knot within just a few months.


The show has confirmed that Aaron and David’s marriage ceremony will take place on September 3.

It will be officiated by actress and LGBT activist Magda Szubanski, who emotionally spoke out after the Australian same-sex marriage postal vote, saying that some queer people “did not survive” the survey.



For Takaya Honda, who plays David, the wedding was the end of a story which signifies how far Australia has come.


He said: “It is an absolute privilege to be a part of what is and will be a historic moment in Australian television.

“There have been so many parts of David’s story that have given me a great sense of pride and which have been an absolute honour to portray; from discovering Paul was his dad, to his coming out, to now marrying the man of his dreams in what will be the first legal gay wedding on a drama.”

Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, said this plotline was a huge moment for him.




“We are both ecstatic to be part of this huge moment in Australian television and it stands alone as the highlight of my career,” he said.

“This storyline means a lot to me, to my friends and to all the fans we hear from on a daily basis here and in the UK who love Aaron and David.”

Speaking before the proposal was televised, Wilson said it was a step he had wanted the show to make ever since Australia’s Parliament legalised same-sex marriage in December, following an overwhelming win for the ‘Yes’ side in the country’s postal vote.


“The general consensus from everyone in my groups is that Australia is so far behind and it was almost embarrassing,”  



“So the fact that it happened and Aaron and David are at that stage in their relationship where they are going to get married, we may be the first gay couple to get married on Australian television since it’s become legal.”

And Wilson said that as far as he was concerned, it was about time.


“I keep saying to them, we have got to get this done, if Home And Away comes and does it before us, if some other show does it before us, we’re stuffed,” he said.

“We’ve got to win the race.

“No matter what, it’s going to be special but being the first ones to do it, that just makes it even bigger.”


Jason Herbison, executive producer of Neighbours, said: “This is a story that we have been working on for a long time, and during that time, our country was trapped in a divisive referendum.

“Would our story about love and equality even be legal by the time it aired?

“Thankfully love won and we’re very excited for viewers to see this iconic moment come to life on screen.”

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They are a decent couple but I don't find them that hot so I'm not bothered. They should have got Ben to be gay. 


The show is literally like watching paint dry at the moment. The only thing worth watching was Izzy and Jane's respective returns.

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