20 Predictions by
We've survived twenty years of love, laughter, death and drama. But what might the future bring? Here, we present our 20 predictions for the next 20 years...
The Return of Toby Mangel
all the possibilities, I think this is one of the most likely.
Since Sky returned and occasionally mentioned Toby in passing,
I think it really is only a matter of time before he rides
into Ramsay Street. Of course, I don't see a need for him
yet, but maybe when Sky leaves, he could be used to fill the
gap so to speak.
The Death of Isabelle Hoyland
put it bluntly Isabelle Hoyland has been skating on thin ice
for a while now, and a character as great as Izzy can really
only leave the show in one way - death. How I'm not too sure,
but I wouldn't be at all surprised if she became the first
Ramsay Street resident to be murdered…
The Reunion of Karl and Susan
really has been on the cards since the day they split up.
As much as I love them apart, and as much as I think they
have both become better people because of the split, there's
no denying that plenty want to see them back together again,
and I think before long they'll be renewing their vows at
Lassiter's Lake like so many before them.
The Return of Gail Lewis
got to happen. With Paul back on the street as a permanent
fixture, I think it would be absolutely incredible for Gail
to come back. Of all Paul's wives, I think Gail was the one
who worked the best with him. They had similar motives and
were much better suited to each other than Paul was with Terry
or Christina. Plus she has the triplets, who are conveniently
in their teenage years, so once Stingray, Boyd, Sky and Serena
fly the nest there's three newbies just waiting to be cast.
The Re-Introduction of Lassiter's
I'm thinking with Paul back on the scene Lassiter's could
only become more dominant. Paul is Lassiter's - they go together
as well as Madge and Harold and Scott and Charlene. With Karl
not really using the surgery anymore, it could be an excuse
to turn it back into the Lassiter's offices, or even build
a new set elsewhere.
A Ghost From Toadie's Past
have this feeling that when Toadie finds someone new and chooses
to marry them, his past will come back to haunt him. By that,
I'm referring to his ex-wife Dee, who drowned on their wedding
day. Dee's body was never recovered, so there's every possibility
she can return to gatecrash the wedding, claiming that Toadie
is indeed still married to her.
All Change at Number 26
26 seems to be wasted with just Lyn and Oscar inside. We all
know Phil Martin stole the house from the Robinsons and then
sold it onto the Scullys, and with Paul back in town, there's
really only one place he should be living. For as long as
the show goes on, Number 26 will always be known as "The
Robinson House", so let's make that a reality again.
The Return of Louise
been gone for a few years, and I think once Louise "Lolly"
Carpenter hits her teens she'll be back, re-cast hopefully,
to stay with Lou.
The Carpenter Clan
of which, Lou seems to be very lonely rattling around Number
22 by himself, so I think it would work if Lauren and her
husband and child moved in with him. They've always had difficulties,
so maybe their finances get the better of them, like it did
with the Martins when they first returned to stay with Jim
and Helen, so they decide to stay with Lou. It'd bring him
some much needed family and liven up the street a bit.
Welcome Back Libby
she's been gone it feels like there is a huge gaping hole
in the programme. Let Kym Valentine spread her wings by all
means, but we all know where we'd rather see her. Libby Kennedy
will have to come back, preferably with Darren in toe.
The Departure of Karl
have this gut feeling that a huge cast member will leave within
the next few years, and I'm thinking it's going to be Karl.
I'm not too sure as to whether they would kill him off or
not… he'd deserve a death for sure, but at the same time,
if he ever wanted to return, they may want to consider leaving
the door open for him.
Scully clan gets smaller every year. With Stephanie a Hoyland
now, and Jack leaving, there's only Lyn. And let's be honest,
Oscar doesn't count as a cast member. From the start the Scully
family have always been depicted as huge, much like the Rebecchi
family. It wouldn't surprise me if "Mick and Di"
set up home in Erinsborough, or even sent their kids to stay
with Auntie Lyn. No details were ever given about their children,
so the scriptwriters really have a blank canvas.
is probably the thing that's the least likely to happen, but
hey, anything's possible. With the Hoylands now mainstays
on the programme, I think it would be a wise decision to bring
Rosie back. We all know that there's a very dodgy past regarding
Rosie and her children, and I don't think that can be successfully
explored without Rosie present. Although Maggie Millar seems
reluctant to return to the show, I truly think if she were
given a decent storyline and treated with the respect she
deserves, it would be a success and a great storyline.
Goodbye House of Trouser
House of Trouser is undoubtedly one of the worst things ever.
I know it sort of has this cult status, but it was once a
classy sharehouse which has now become this dank, messy, dirty
bachelor pad. I understand the reasoning - three young lads
living together, but let's look at these boys. One's a lawyer,
the other's a cop and the last one is a father. Now, forgive
me, but they aren't University freshmen anymore - they need
to sort this out big time.
The Opening/Closing Titles
hoping at some stage in the future the opening and closing
titles will have some sort of continuity to them. It's frustrating
that the credits change their style every year. It needs something
simple yet classy that can last. The perfect example was the
split screen credits that were introduced for the 2003 Season.
They were well received and were fantastic, but barely lasted
a year. The closing also needs something done. I'm sorry,
but these episode stills really don't do anything for me.
The closing should be shots of the houses. Cast members come
and go, but the things that will never go away are the houses.
They're what the show is all about, and that should be recognised.
A New Theme
nice as the current theme tune is, I think before long a new
theme tune will be introduced. I'm hoping it will include
the old lyrics which haven't been used since 1992, I.e., "next
door is only a footstep away" and "just a friendly
wave each morning, helps to make a better day", and I
also hope it will revert back to its original style.
A New Producer
know it's incredibly unlikely to happen, as Peter Dodds seems
rather happy staying with Neighbours, but he's been the producer
of the show now for ten years. Beforehand producers would
last only a couple of years, and I think that was good for
the show, as when you look back on the old seasons, you can
clearly tell when a new Producer has arrived as the show would
shift slightly from what it was like before. Whilst there's
no question that Peter Dodds is good at his job (hell, we
all watch the show and enjoy it), I'd like to see what someone
else could bring to the show, especially now it seems to be
more solid in its structure and what it's all about.
new era Neighbours has entered is great, with the writers
really taking advantage of being allowed to do more with the
characters. It's good viewing, but part of me misses the border
disputes and going round to borrow a cup of sugar. Neighbours
was different because, well, nothing happened, but when something
did happen, boy was it good. I'd like the show to revert back
to that, as I do believe that was all part of its charm and
what won it its viewers in the first place.
Another Twenty Years
think what makes soap operas like Coronation Street and EastEnders
last is the fact that the cast, at least in the old days,
remained the same. I have to credit Neighbours here - it has
produced some fantastic recogniseable long standing residents.
The Kennedys, Harold, Lou, Toadie, Libby, and to a certain
extent Lyn Scully. I think if the show keeps these characters,
as well as the Bishops and the Hoylands, as permanent fixtures,
it can only equal success. It's not realistic for a family
to buy a house and move out two, three, four years later.
When people buy houses, they stay there for years and years,
for the most part. It's good to see familiar faces and I hope
that David, Sky, Liljana, Max, Serena, Summer and Boyd all
remain with the show for several years to come, as they are
great characters with great potential.
course, I predict that Neighbours will go on for another twenty
years, and hopefully another twenty after that. It's been
so long and it has never gone stale (except for 1995 and 2002).
Whilst its constant revamps can be kind of annoying, they
help to introduce the show to new audiences as well as keep
the loyal viewers interested in it. It's nice to see it change,
see it grow, and see families come, go, and more recently
return. Let's face it - it's the greatest show on earth and
anybody who says otherwise is, well, a caketaker.