> Geoff Paine
prolific actor on Australian stages and television screens,
Geoff Paine is best known to Neighbours fans
as eccentric entrepreneur and sometime gorilla-gram Clive
Gibbons. We went ape (ahem) when he agreed to an exclusive
chat about his time on the show.
you give us a little background on your career before Neighbours?
Before Neighbours, mainly acting school. It was one
of my first jobs.
you joined the Network 10 version of Neighbours, could
you have foreseen how popular the show was about to become?
No, it was a nightly soap which had been bought to replace
M*A*S*H. It was getting popular in the UK just as I
was leaving... How about that for timing?
was such an original character - how much input did you have
into his personality?
They let me make what I could of the script, and ad lib every
now and then. I got away with murder, really...
cast members did you feel you worked best with?
Whoever I was sharing the house with: Guy Pearce (Mike Young),
Paul Keane (Des Clarke), Gloria Ajenstat (Susan Cole), Elaine
Smith (Daphne Clarke). Working with Peter O'Brien (Shane Ramsay)
was fun too.
you have a particular favourite storyline from your time as
Playing piano for Myra De Groot, where she sang badly. In
fact, I can't play keyboards and Myra had a great voice.
returned to the show briefly in 1989. How did that come about?
This was to prepare the character for a spin-off called City
Hospital, where Clive would have been working in his own
practice, probably in a hospital, and probably in a city.
yes, City Hospital. There were rumours in the late
eighties about it being a spin-off show from Neighbours.
What happened to the project?
City Hospital was the ill-fated show which was about
to go into production, when the network was sold and the new
owners decided all new projects were to be shelved.
you still in touch with any of your old castmates?
Not really, we're all off doing our own thing. We bump into
each other occasionally.
you ever consider a return to Neighbours?
have you been doing since leaving the show?
Working in television, radio and the odd film. On television,
I've been in The D Generation, A Country Practice,
Blue Heelers, Pacific Drive. My film stuff includes
The Wog Boy and The Craic, I'm currently touring
with a stage comedy, Kissing Frogs, and writing too
Neighbours celebrates its 18th year on Australian television,
what do you think accounts for the huge success the series
It was the right show at the right time, I guess. Swimming
pools, blue skies and familiar problems. Mind you, some of
those eighties fashions...
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by Steve. Added on 11th April 2003