> Happy 18th Birthday Neighbours
March 18th 1985, Australian television introduced viewers
to three families living in a suburban cul-de-sac, which would
be the setting for a new soap opera, Neighbours. 18
years later, it may be on a different network with different
faces, but Ramsay Street remains Australia's most famous address
and Neighbours continues to entertain audiences worldwide.
So, to celebrate the show's anniversary, here are some facts
and figures themed around the number 18!
Classic Characters | 18 Random Facts
| 18 Classic Quotes | 18
street in which Neighbours is filmed is not called
Ramsay Street, but actually Pin Oak Court. Also, the
street is much, much longer than it may seem. It continues
on past the crossroads that many residents drive down
when they leave the street, and even houses its own
Neighbours has had many famous people guest star
in the show, including Gwen Plumb, Warwick Capper, Molly
Meldrum, Russell Crowe, Abigail, Derek Nimmo, musicians
Human Nature and the Pet Shop Boys, and recently, children’s
entertainers the Wiggles.
Jonathon Dutton (Tad) was a huge Neighbours fan
before he appeared in the soap, and lists former
Neighbours actor and Hollywood star Guy Pearce as
one of his inspirations.
Julie Mullins, who played the caustic Julie Martin,
was put in dark make up to age her 10 years for the
role, and is actually a really, really nice lady in
Neighbours is renowned for its off-screen romances
between cast members. The most famous is the love affair
between Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Others include
Vikki Blanche and David Clencie, Anne Haddy and James
Condon, Elaine Smith and Peter O’Brien, Fiona Corke
and Nick Caraffa, Rachel Friend and Craig McLachlan,
Gayle Blakeney and Stefan Dennis, Simone Robertson and
Benjamin Mitchell, Scott Michaelson and Kimberley Davies,
Delta Goodrem and Blair McDonough and many more!
Neighbours has the largest amount of actors crossing
over from Prisoner. Former Prisoner actors
that have appeared on Neighbours include Elspeth
Ballantyne, Collette Mann, Caroline Gillmer, Anne Charleston,
Lesley Baker, Sally Cooper, Maggie Dence, and Maxine
Kliblingaitis. From the current cast, Tom Oliver, Ian
Smith, Maggie Millar, Jackie Woodburne, Janet Andrewartha
and Shane Connor all appeared in the soap.
When Ailsa Piper was given a storyline about how her
character Ruth had a cancer scare, Ailsa was going through
the same terrible experience herself. Thankfully both
Ailsa, and Ruth, were clear.
Many characters have been related in the show in real
life. Jason and Terence Donovan (Scott Robinson and
Doug Willis) are father and son, and Jason’s half-sister
is newcomer Stephanie McIntosh. Diana and Finn Greentree
(Rose Kirk and Toby Mangel) are mother and son, Simone
(Phoebe Gottlieb) and Aimee Robertson (Melissa Drenth)
are sisters, as are Gayle and Gillian Blakeney (Caroline
and Christina Alessi).
Several of the actors have been replaced whilst in the
show, either because the original character wanted to
leave, or the character and actor didn’t work together.
Some examples are Jason Donovan taking over the role
of Scott Robinson from Darius Perkins, Julie Mullins
playing Vikki Blanche’s Julie Robinson/Martin, Beverly
Robinson being played by Lisa Armytage and Shaunna O’Grady,
Christopher Milne and Ian Rawlings both having a stab
at playing Phil Martin, Peta Brady taking over Amelia
Frid’s role of Cody Willis, and Lucy Robinson played
by a record three actors – Kylie Flinker, Sasha Close
and Melissa Bell. The babies in Ramsay Street are almost
always played by two or three children at the beginning,
Lolly Carpenter was played by Tessa Taylor and Jiordan
Anna Tolli, and Jamie Clarke was played by S J Dey,
Ryder Susman and Nicholas Mason.
On a similar note, several actors (normally guest characters)
have come back to the show to play new characters. Stephanie
Daniel (Chloe) played Ruth Wilson in the 1980s, Jonathon
Dutton played a boy scout who fell off a cliff whilst
on a hike with Harold before he got the role of Tad,
Lyn Semler played Phil Martin’s first wife Loretta,
then later Doug’s psychotic admirer Jill. Brenda Addie
played Beth’s mother Bunny, and later Sheena’s mother
Rhonda. Others include: Margot Knight (Jean Richards
and Tracy Cox), Christine Keogh (Carmel Devine and Liz
Conway), Jenny Seedsman (Kate Gibbons and Dorothy Stevens),
Benjamin Mitchell (Brad Willis and Cameron Hudson),
Troy Beckwith (Darren Wood and Michael Martin), Don
Bridges (Karl Banks and Big Kev Rebecchi) Diana Greentree
(Barbara Young and Rose Kirk), Ian Rawlings (Marcus
Stone and Philip Martin), Nick Carrafa (Tony Romeo and
Peter Hannay), Radha Mitchell (Cassandra Rushmore and
Catherine O’Brien), James Condon (Douglas Blake and
Reuben White), Richard Moss (Glen Matheson and Garnet
Vivean Gray, who played the waspish Mrs. Mangel, was
forced to leave her role after she received abuse from
people who, sadly, were unable to distinguish fact from
fiction. She is now a recluse because of them.
Unfortunately, some of the Neighbours actors
have passed away. The fantastic Myra de Groot, who played
Des’ hilarious mother Eileen Clarke, passed away after
suffering from cancer. Francis Bell (Max Ramsay) committed
suicide in 1994, and Neighbours legend Anne Haddy
(Helen Daniels) passed away in 1999. Neighbours guest
star Gwen Plumb died last year.
Some of the actors who have appeared on the show have
also written for the series, including Ian Smith, Shane
Porteous, Margot Knight, Marieke Hardy and Alan Hopgood.
Hannah Martin was born two years before her parents
met. Don’t ask.
Jamie Clarke was played by a girl for two years (hence
Sarah Jane Dey being credited as S J Dey)
The longest serving original cast member was Anne Haddy,
who played Helen Daniels from 1985 until 1997.
Despite being a main character, Catherine O’Brien never
appeared on the opening titles, even though they were
updated several times whilst she was on the show.
Emma Roche originally played Stephanie Scully. After
three weeks of filming, they were not happy with the
decision, and re-cast Carla Bonner in her place. Carla
had to film all Emma’s scenes again. If you watch the
episode when the Scully’s arrive, you can see Emma driving
the Scully car behind the removal van. She is wearing
sunglasses – when Carla gets out of the car, the sunglasses
are gone. Emma Roche appeared in Neighbours later
as Carla’s stunt woman for the motorbike crash in 2000.
Helen Daniels Anne Haddy 1985-1997: A
matriarch in the truest sense of the word, Helen was the essence
of Neighbours for the 12 years she featured in the
show. From the beginning, she managed to dispel the myth that
mothers-in-law were crabby and interfering. Helen took on
the responsibility for her grandchildren when her daughter,
Anne, died and this theme continued as the years went on.
Whenever there was a teenager with nowhere to go, Helen was
quick to offer them a home or, at the very least, some good
advice. Despite going through her own personal problems, including
being kidnapped several times, marrying a bigamist and a series
of health concerns, Helen never stopped being there for her
friends and neighbours. Sadly, during her last couple of years
in the show, Helen's health really began to fail her, reflecting
the real-life problems of the wonderful actress Anne Haddy.
Much of her final months were spent offscreen in hospital,
but Helen returned to Ramsay Street one last time, in a bid
to end the feud between the Bishops and Martins. Having reunited
them over a video of Scott and Charlene's wedding, Helen quietly
passed away on the settee, an event from which Ramsay Street
never really recovered.
Madge Bishop Anne Charleston (1986-1992, 1996-2001):
A year after Neighbours began, Max Ramsay's fiery sister,
Madge, returned to Ramsay Street and it was clear that things
would never be the same again. Not one to mince her words,
Madge's neighbourly feuds became a thing of legend. Her ability
to put someone down with a cutting remark and, of course,
her gravely tones, quickly made her a classic character and
her pairing with quiet, moralistic Harold was an act of genius.
Together, the odd couple had many hilarious scenes, with Madge
barking at her bumbling husband. The disappearance of Harold
left Madge slightly more subdued and led to her moving back
up to Queensland. Upon her return in 1996, the classic Madge
was still there from time-to-time, but it was obvious that
time had softened her. Still, nobody could deny that her death
after battling pancreatic cancer was one of the most moving
moments in the show's 18 years.
Mrs. Mangel Vivean Gray (1986-1988): Every
soap needs a busybody and Neighbours featured the Queen
of them all, Nell Mangel, or 'Mrs' to her friends and enemies'
and relatives. Mrs. Mangel found no greater pleasure in life
than 'innocently' passing the latest gossip around town and
revelling in the fallout it caused. Of course, like any classic
character, Nell had more than one side to her, she just kept
it to herself. A hint of emotion was shown when Nell fell
from a ladder and suffered from amnesia, but she was soon
back to her old self. The performance of Vivean Gray was so
convincing that she suffered from a great deal of harassment
from members of the public, eventually leading to her resigning.
While many have tried, none have managed to offend so many
in such a short space of time as Mrs. Mangel.
Harold Bishop Ian Smith (1987-1991, 1996-): A
man of integrity and deep religious beliefs, many viewers
saw Harold as a better match for Nell Mangel than his true
love, Madge Ramsay. Harold's bumbling and mismatch with Madge
quickly turned him into a favourite and his comical personality
traits included an allergy to animal hair, causing him to
sneeze whenever he came across Bouncer. Viewers were shocked
when, in 1991, Harold disappeared while standing on a rock
by the sea, leaving behind only his glasses. In an enormous
act of contrivance, Harold returned five years later, having
been suffering from amnesia and living in Tasmania. He was
soon reunited with Madge and, like her, his experiences had
softened him slightly. However, classic Harold remained evident
as he brought along his tuba and managed to annoy all the
neighbours. A sadder Harold now resides in Ramsay Street,
following the tragic death of Madge, but his friendship and
rivalry with Lou continues to present some classic moments.
Charlene Robinson Kylie Minogue (1986-1988): Being
played by Kylie Minogue would be enough to put any soap character
at number one, but we didn't know back then what we know now.
Charlene was her mother's daughter, punching future husband
Scott during her first few moments in Ramsay Street. Charlene's
lack of respect for authority and ability to go against the
grain, becoming a mechanic and marrying despite her mother's
wishes, made her someone teenaged viewers could only dream
of being. Charlene tackled things head on and seemed to have
a confrontation with one of her neighbours on a weekly basis.
Her wedding to Scott provided a peak moment for Neighbours
in popularity and, of course, we all know that when she grew
up, she became the world's number one pop princess.
Lou Carpenter Tom Oliver (1988, 1992-): Lou
is the complete opposite of his love rival, Harold. This led
to some classic scenes as the two battled for the affections
of Madge Ramsay and ended up with water tipped over their
heads. Lou returned as a regular character four years after
losing Madge's hand and his get-rich-quick schemes quickly
defined the character. Lou was painted as a dodgy character
and his profession as a second-hand car salesman confounded
this. His pairing with the similarly business-minded Cheryl
Stark meant that he couldn't sail quite so close to the wind,
what with having a baby, but Lou's cheekiness never disappeared,
even after the death of Cheryl. Like so many characters, Lou
has been watered down with age and some unhappy experiences,
but, particularly in his scenes with sparring partner Harold,
Lou is still a bit of a dodgy geezer.
Julie Martin Vikki Blanche and Julie Mullins (1985, 1992-1994):
Julie was an original neighbour, quickly establishing herself
as a bit of an interfering busybody, a younger version of
Mrs. Mangel. Originally portrayed by Vikki Blanche, Julie
moved away within the first year of the show, but returned
in 1992, played by a new actress, Julie Mullins. Julie still
had her interfering streak, but it had become exaggerated.
Julie was suddenly the biggest bitch the show had ever seen.
She had a need to be in control of everybody's lives, causing
many feuds with family and neighbours. As time went on, Julie's
need to be in control took over and her marriage to Philip
broke down. In a similar way to Vivean Gray, Julie Mullins
was so convincing as nasty Julie, she suffered abuse in the
street and quit her role. Julie's death at a murder mystery
party is widely considered to be among the best exits the
show has seen.
Paul Robinson Stefan Dennis (1985-1992):
Another original character, Paul began as an air steward,
but it was only when his aunt, Rosemary, offered him a job
at the Daniels Corporation that he began to change into a
classic character. As a businessman, Paul became power-hungry
and ruthless, turning on his family and neighbours whenever
he needed to. He was even behind a plan to bulldoze Ramsay
Street, which fortunately didn't work out, but still confirmed
him as someone for the neighbours not to trust. His marriage
to Gail was ruined because he couldn't leave his work at the
office and he even had an affair with his second wife's sister.
With children scattered across the continent and the ex-wives
and girlfriends piling up, Paul was truly the original bad
boy on Ramsay Street. How else could he finally leave but
fleeing to South America to escape charges of fraud?
Karl Kennedy Alan Fletcher (1994-): A
doctor and father of three, Karl is a pillar of the Erinsborough
community. His idiosyncrasies include an inability to admit
that he's wrong and a definite over-protectiveness towards
his children, but Karl is at his best when paired up with
Susan, his long-suffering wife. As a pair, their bickering
and talking over each other provides some truly entertaining
moments. Their sex life is also a constant talking point,
especially in recent months but it almost all came crashing
down when he had a brief dalliance with his secretary Sarah.
Luckily for viewers, the Kennedy marriage survived and Karl's
comedy storylines, including setting up a video camera to
see who was putting their rubbish in his wheelie bin, continued.
Susan Kennedy Jackie Woodburne (1994-): The
teacher wife of Karl, Susan always has a witty comeback whenever
her husband gets out of line. She and Karl bring out the best
in each other. Her partnership with Karl has been tested a
few times, not least when she slipped on some milk and suffered
from retrograde amnesia last year. Having pulled through the
experience, with her marriage and its classic comic touches
still intact, Susan is now firmly established as a classic
Cheryl Stark Caroline Gillmer (1993-1996): One
of Neighbours' classic strong ladies, Cheryl stopped
at nothing to win the heart of Lou Carpenter upon first meeting
him. Having won the lotto, Cheryl bought up every car in Lou's
car-lot, then the house next-door to his in Ramsay Street,
quickly proving that she would stop at nothing. Like Lou's
previous love, Madge, Cheryl was smart and witty, making her
feelings clear with one simple glance. Cheryl's children caused
her no end of problems, what with being sent to prison, having
abusive boyfriends and getting arrested for drug trafficking
in South America. The latter incident proved a turning point
in Cheryl's life when she was held hostage and returned to
Australia a changed woman. Cheryl's death came at a time when
she was just starting to sort her life out and was returning
to being the brash, buxom barmaid we all knew and loved.
Dorothy Burke Maggie Dence (1990-1993): As
principal of Erinsborough High, Dorothy was prim and proper
to the untrained eye, but her wide-brimmed hat and icy glare
hid a wicked sense of humour and many tales from her travels
across the globe. With problems ranging from breast cancer
to an ex-con for an ex-husband, the viewers really took Dorothy
to their hearts. Dorothy's feuds with Madge Bishop and Joe
Mangel were the beginnings of close friendships with both
people, as Dorothy proved that you can't judge a book by its
cover. As Dorothy finally found love and left Erinsborough
for the country, Ramsay Street lost one of its most eccentric
Eileen Clarke Myra De Groot (1985-1988): The
interfering mother of Des Clarke, Eileen provided a lot of
the comic relief during the show's early years. Whenever Des
had a problem, it quickly followed that Eileen would be on
his doorstep, with a shrill "Desmond" announcing
her arrival. The talents of Myra De Groot were quickly proven
when Eileen stopped being a comedy character and suffered
from a breakdown and an addiction to tranquillisers. The tragic
death of Myra De Groot meant that Eileen disappeared suddenly
from our screens, but the comedy that she brought remains
some of the greatest that the show has seen.
Angie Rebecchi Lesley Baker (1995-1996, 2002):
As head of the unorthodox Rebecchi clan, Angie had a lot on
her plate. Dealing with a crazy family like hers would send
most women round the bend, but Angie coped admirably, sticking
by her kids whenever they needed her and attempting to hide
her shame when another of her sons had a run-in with the police.
Angie's unusual dress sense and attempts to jazz up the coffee
shop meant that she made her mark on Erinsborough in a reasonably
short space of time. Comedy was what Angie did best - at one
point she even began idolising Cheryl Stark and stole her
clothes from the washing line in an attempt to dress more
like her. Upon her return to Ramsay Street in 2002, it was
clear that nothing had changed with Angie. Still put-upon,
Angie remained as strong as ever and a new generation of Ramsay
Street residents were forced to put up with cries of "Jarrrrrod!"
Daphne Clarke Elaine Smith (1985-1988): Another
of Neighbours' original characters, Daphne quickly
broke the mould. While working as a stripper, it was obvious
that there was a lot more to Daphne as she put neighbour Max
Ramsay in his place and moved in with Des Clarke. As time
went on, Daphne inherited a coffee shop and became a confidante
to the troubled youths of Ramsay Street. After many trials
and tribulations including being kidnapped on her wedding
day by a man dressed as a gorilla and giving birth without
taking her tights off, Daphne proved her popularity by becoming
the first character to die.
Libby Kennedy Kym Valentine (1994-):
Libby has survived in Erinsborough longer than any other young
character before her and over her eight years, she has really
found a place in the viewers' hearts. Upon her arrival , Libby
was already showing signs of becoming a forthright young lady
and so there was only one Neighbours career that seemed
fit - journalism. Like Neighbours' previous journalist
- Scott Robinson - Libby married a mechanic, Drew, and their
relationship had more twists and turns than your average roller-coaster.
Having survived many near-death experiences herself, including
crash and a terrible labour, Neighbours' very own Queen
of Tragedy got knocked down once again with the death of her
husband. Luckily for the viewers, this brought about a return
to the Libby of old, with her fiercely independent streak
becoming evident once again. As long as she has a cause to
fight for, Libby will always entertain.
Jim Robinson Alan Dale (1985-1993):
Long before Karl Kennedy, Neighbours had another over-protective
father, Jim Robinson. Jim had four children when the show
began, although, as time went on another one came crawling
out of the woodwork, then one of the original four turned
out not to be his... Confused? So was Jim. Along with his
mother-in-law, Helen, Jim took in many waifs and strays over
the years, proving to be a great father figure to them all.
Jim also had a tendency to get involved with the wrong women
- some were too young, some were obsessed with having babies
and some just decided to leave him for dead and steal all
his money. And who could forget the sight of Jim Robinson
gasping for breath while lying on the floor amidst a dozen
Toadfish Rebecchi Ryan Moloney (1995-): Like
Libby Kennedy, Toadie's popularity has been helped by the
length of time he has spent on Ramsay Street. After his humble
beginnings as a member of the 'Erinsborough Hillbillies',
Toadie shocked everyone by passing his exams and going on
to study to become a lawyer. Having survived the departure
of the rest of his clan, Toadie really came into his own,
becoming a comedy sidekick to the likes of Billy, Lance and
Joel. Romance proved to be less forthcoming, but, as always,
the underdog won through when Toadie managed to win the heart
of his beautiful housemate, Dee Bliss. All this good luck
is unusual for Toadie, and part of the fun is watching and
waiting for it all to fall apart around him.
Scott and Charlene's Wedding Episode 523: The
most famous episode of Neighbours, and the episode
with one of the highest ratings in the history of the show.
Do we really need to explain the defining Neighbours
Helen's Death Episode 2965:
Helen was the longest serving cast member, doing an incredible
12 year run on the show, since the very first episode. Her
death signalled the end of an era for Neighbours, as
the last surviving original cast member had come to an end.
After settling a family feud between Hannah and Madge over
whether the street should be named Ramsay Street or Robinson
Street, she died in her sleep whilst the family watched Scott
and Charlene's wedding on video. She was the face of Neighbours,
and is fondly remembered by all who worked with her, and all
who appreciated her work on the show.
is the most incestuous street!" Darcy's girlfriend,
Alice, soon got the measure of the neighbours...
"This has got to be one of the weirdest neighbourhoods
I've ever been in!" Rosie, after a strange
meeting with Ruby
Madge is preparing to leave hospital after suffering
a cerebral aneurysm... Harold: "Don't we need
clearance or something?"
Madge: "Harold, I'm not an aircraft."
Cody returns to Ramsay Street after running away with
Todd... Pam: "Oh Cody, thank god you're back!
You look terrible!" Cody: "Yeah well
I've been sleeping in a stable..what's your excuse?"
"You're ruining my life, you vixen!" Mrs.
Mangel, after new lodger Sharon spills some nail polish
on a doily
"Toadie, I might be your mother, but I'm a woman
and have my needs!" Angie Rebecchi, after a
'pleasant' afternoon with husband, Kev
"I demand a recount!" Julie discovers
she only got two votes in the council election
Gail is attempting to make a publicity video for Lassiter's,
but Eileen smells fame... Gail: "Mrs Clarke,
you've accidentally wandered into shot again..."
Eileen: "No, no, I'm adding authenticity - I'm
making the place look busy!"
It's Stonie's 18th birthday at the Coffee Shop... Big
Kev: "Hooray for Stonefish, Hooray at last,
Hooray for Stonefish, he's a horse's a..." Angie:
"Madge is my family, she's my very best friend..."
Harold, during Madge's final days
"Jarrod! Well, I've seen it all now. Unfortunately
so has everyone else!" Angie returns home to
the sight of Toadie streaking down Ramsay Street for
"Lancaphone!" Lance, pretty much every
time the phone rang at Number 30
Karl gives up alcohol...
Libby: "Well, how long has it been?" Susan:
"Oh, um, 50 minutes." Karl: "52
"I love you too, Clarkey." Daphne's
"I've been cheated out of my Mum twice. How's
that for luck?" Tad, after first hearing he's
adopted, then the death of his natural mother
"You're stupid, vacuous, inane... you're a waste
of space!" Cody makes her feeling towards housemate
Joanna perfectly clear
At the Coffee Shop, Dorothy has found a new sparring
partner... Brenda: "I thought you'd never darken
my doorstep again" Dorothy: "You flatter
yourself if you think I'd trawl all the way to Elliot
Park just to avoid you"
"I'll just go out to buy some orange juice..."
[looks up to see full jug of orange juice on the bench]
"Aah... milk! We need milk!" Cody Willis,
in another attempt to be subtle
Neighbours Debuts on Network Ten Episode 171:
Nobody could have foreseen just how big the show was about
to become when it debuted on its new home, Network Ten. Having
been axed on Channel Seven, the new channel was forced to
make some changes to the cast, sets and previous storylines.
Fortunately, it all paid off, as the show introduced lots
of new characters - Mike, Madge and Clive - in that one episode,
who all went on to become hugely popular.
Jim's Death Episode 1904:
Seeing stalwart Jim keel over in the kitchen, bringing with
him several dining room chairs, the tablecloth and a bowl
of oranges is one of the greatest moments in the history of
Neighbours. For this one episode, Neighbours
seemed to have changed into Dallas, with Julie and
Fiona screaming at each other over his corpse, Helen collapsing
at the end, and basically everything having a very over-the-top
dramatic feel to it, completely unlike other Neighbours
episodes. Jim spent a long time on the show, and is a
face many people associate with Neighbours.
Daphne's Death Episode 690: The
first death of a major character. Daphne was a hugely popular
character, so her death came as a huge shock to the viewing
public. After being in a coma for a few months after a car
crash, Daphne passed away after briefly waking to utter the
immortal lines 'I love you too, Clarkey' to her husband, Des.
Daphne was a fantastic character and formed a perfect partnership
with local loser Des Clarke, who never appeared the same since
1997 Season Finale Episode 2995: Considered
by many to be the ultimate Neighbours episode, this
installment managed to build up the tension throughout and
keep it building to a point beyond expectations during a thrilling
final few minutes. Storylines that had been building for months
all reached their crescendos at one point - Karl kissed Sarah,
Caitlin kissed Billy, Phil proposed to Ruth and Ben's car
spectacularly crashed and burst into flames, all within the
space of a few minutes. The scenes were fantastically edited
together, providing a real sense of urgency and leaving fans
on tenterhooks - particularly those in Australia, who once
again had six weeks to wait.
Madge's Death Episode 3740: Madge
was another long-term cast member, spending over ten years
in the show. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Madge
died in her bedroom in husband Harold's arms. Madge was a
popular character with the viewers, and the writer, John Hanlon,
won an award for the episode. Madge's absense is still felt
even two years on (something many characters who have died
fail to do) and she, like Helen, is fondly regarded by the
fans of the show.
Neighbours Begins Episode 1: In
its original incarnation on Channel 7, Neighbours brought
to life many characters, such as Helen, Jim and Daphne, who
would go on to become legends as the years went by. Although
there were still a few creases to be ironed out, the show
already had the comedy and drama perfectly balanced, with
scenes ranging from Max confronting Daphne the stripper to
Des being dumped by his fianceé on his wedding day.
But forget all the details; this was the first episode in
over 4000 of the show that only a couple of years later, would
be taking the world by storm.
Libby Gives Birth Episode 3920: This
episode was screened just as Neighbours was preparing
for its annual Christmas break, and it certainly had a nativity
feel to it. During the Oakey rodeo, Libby suddenly went into
labour, got herself locked in a barn and general mayhem ensued.
Due to her internal injuries from the motorbike crash, Libby
risked death if she gave birth naturally, so had to be airlifted
to Erinsborough hospital. Just as everything seemed to go
well, Neighbours provided their usual cliffhanger twist
when Libby suddenly flatlined and viewers had to wait six
weeks to see whether she would survive.
Julie's Fall From the Tower Episode 2240: The
setting was a murder mystery party, attended by all the neighbours,
but nobody was expecting an actual murder to take place. Okay,
so it turned out she fell, but the episode which ended in
Julie's body being found lying at the bottom of the tower
was one of the greatest pieces of drama Neighbours ever
produced. Having spent the entire episode making Julie look
more and more unhinged and seeing her fall out with various
friends and family members, nobody was surprised to find Julie
unconscious, and over the following months suspicious fingers
were pointed at her husband Philip. However, this one episode
provided the perfect shocking end for Neighbours' greatest
bitch, Julie Martin.
Susan Slaps Karl Episode 3110: After
spending almost a year hiding his feelings about Sarah, Karl
was shocked when it was all revealed suddenly and dramatically.
Typically in Ramsay Street, it only took a slip by Sarah's
confidante, Toadie for word to get from Billy to Susan and
she waited until after Philip and Ruth's wedding to confront
her husband. This confrontation led to one of Neighbours'
most memorable moments - the slap. Susan's anger and disgust
at the situation all came out in that one moment and she delivered
an amazing smack to his face. The scene was so realistic that
you could actually feel the pain as flesh hit flesh.
Helen's Birthday Episode 2000: Nowadays,
when Neighbours hits the thousand mark, we get a small
party with a box of biscuits or maybe a church burning down
if we're lucky. However, for this milestone, we got the birthday
of the longest-running character, the returns of two originals,
plus the culminations of many exciting and ongoing storylines.
During Helen's party at the pub, reopening after blowing up
a few months earlier, her grandchildren Paul and Lucy came
back, Phil and Julie called off their divorce, paralysed Stephen
took his first steps and Cheryl proposed to Lou. Like the
1997 finale, there was tension throughout, but this episode
also came across as a true celebration of Neighbours
past, present and future.
The Scully Family Arrive Episode 3418:
At the end of the previous episode, Joe Scully told his neighbours
'Hi, we're the Scullys' and from that one comment, we knew
something special was about to unfold. The family were unlike
any Neighbours had seen before, with a mother, Lyn,
who managed to insult the entire street within a few hours
and three gorgeous daughters, who quickly set their sights
on the men of the neighbourhood. While many viewers were sad
to say farewell to the Martins, they had little chance to
mourn, as the Scullys exploded onto the screen, larger than
life and twice as ugly!
Harold Returns From the Dead Episode 2733: In
a year that had seen many changes to the show, along with
poor ratings, Neighbours needed a shot in the arm.
So when Marlene met a man named Ted at the Salvation Army
store, viewers quickly recognised him as the one and only
Harold Bishop. It was revealed that Harold had been suffering
from amnesia since falling off that rock, and had instinctively
returned to Erinsborough when a transfer opportunity arose.
With the return of Harold's wife, Madge, a classic couple
was revived and Neighbours was saved from oblivion.
Joe and Melanie's Wedding Episode 1537:
Nobody quite believed that Joe and Melanie were a perfect
match in the love stakes, but as time went on, nobody could
deny that fate seemed to be drawing them together. Their wedding
brought about the end of their unusual courtship and also
the end of two classic characters as they left the show for
The Waterhole Explodes Episode 1949:
When Annalise muttered those immortal words 'Can anyone else
smell gas?', we all knew what was about to happen. The Waterhole
blew up, with many of the locals trapped inside. This episode
was fantastically produced, as word spread through Erinsborough
and people became concerned for loved ones. The explosion
brought about many new storylines, not least the paralysis
of Stephen Gottlieb, which continued right up until episode
The Millennium Party Episode 3445:
Another of Neighbours' classic season finale episodes,
this one brought all the residents together for a street party
to celebrate the beginning of the year 2000. With the recent
arrival of the Scully family, it was a perfect opportunity
to integrate them into the street and by burning down their
house, they did just that. Many of the Ramsay Street relationships
were also on the line, as Bill and Anne finally reunited,
Susan and Karl moved on from Sarah, Amy was revealed to be
cheating on Lance and Drew proposed to Libby. It was also
one of those rare occasions when most of the cast are brought
together for a celebration and the first time that the new
year had been celebrated in the show, even if they did forget
to celebrate Christmas a week earlier.
Susan Slips on Some Milk Episode 4029:
Karl's slap and Susan's slip are probably two of the defining
moments for the Kennedy family. After finally mending the
damaged caused by Karl's affair, things were looking up for
the Kennedys. They had survived a few years without a major
drama of their own, but that was all turned on its head when
Susan had a minor accident that led to another breakdown in
the marriage. Susan's amnesia and subsequent recovery was
a story that lasted many months, but the Kennedys seem to
have come through it all the stronger.
summaries of a number of these episodes can be found in the
site's Magic Moments
by Steve with Billy, Moe, Rhys and Stuart