marks two years since the launch of Neighbours: The Perfect
Blend! We'd like to thank everyone who has read the site,
posted on the board and sent us their thoughts and ideas over
the past 24 months. We've really enjoyed it and we hope that
the site will continue to grow for a long time to come.
Joe Mangel Returns
The Perfect Blend can exclusively reveal that one of Ramsay
Street's most legendary characters, Joe Mangel will definitely
be returning to the show for a lengthy stint as part of the
show's 20th Anniversary Celebrations. "Mark Little's
doing an extended three month stint with us mid-year, returning
as Joe, of course," script producer Luke Devenish has
BBC Boards To Close
BBC has today announced that, as of Friday 25th February,
they will be closing the various messageboards that they run,
including the one for Neighbours. They have claimed
that in order to "provide the best possible website to all
its users", the BBC website would, in future, focus
on "simpler forms of user interaction and feedback." The official
website will not be affected.
BBC Denies Rumours
Spy reports that the BBC have denied recent rumours
that Neighbours would be replaced in the future with
a British drama. A spokeswoman said that "We have absolutely
plans to replace Neighbours in the foreseeable
future" and that "it plays a very important part of the BBC
One schedules and is still very popular."
rumours began last week when BBC controller Lorraine
Heggessy resigned from her post, and a MediaGuardian
article, speaking of her legacy, mentioned the possibility
that the imported soap would be replaced.
Neighbour Natalie Imbruglia is making her musical comeback
over the next couple of months. Her new single Shiver
is due out in the UK on March 21st, and it's taken from the
album, Counting Down The Days, due out April 4th. UK
viewers can see Natalie on Top of the Pops this Friday
the Herald Sun reports that Peter O'Brien, who
played Shane Ramsay from 1985 to 1987, has made a breakthrough
in Hollywood, having signed a three-movie deal.
Herald Sun reports today that Natalie Bassingthwaighte
(Izzy Hoyland) is apparently "a little surprised, but not
concerned" to have been overlooked in TV Week's shortlist
of actresses for this year's Best Actress Silver Logie. More
worrying for fans is the news that Natalie is strongly rumoured
to have won the role of Sandy in the stage revival of Grease.
Could this mean a farewell to Izzy in 2005?
More Anniversary Returns?
Herald Sun newspaper has today printed the longest
list yet of possible returning characters for this July's
anniversary celebrations. It seems that the producers "compiled
a wish list" and asked "just about everyone" to come back.
Around 20 of these actors have apparently signed on for a
return appearance, some of them are:
Davies (Annalise Hartman): Confirmed as 99% certain to
return in a recent issue of Inside Soap
Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson): Actress has confirmed
that she will return to filming in March
Stephen Hunt (Matt Hancock): Actor confirmed to us
that he would be returning. In an interesting new twist, he
recently informed us that his character wouldn't be setting
foot in Ramsay Street, but would be returning via a "talk
Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels)
Mark Little (Joe Mangel)
Terence Donovan (Doug Willis)
Rachel Blakely (Gaby Willis)
Eliza Szonert (Danni Stark)
Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy)
Benji McNair (Mal Kennedy)
was recently rumoured, an invitation also went out to Nicola
Charles (Sarah Beaumont), but she, as well as Emma
Harrison (Joanna Hartman) and Holly Valance (Flick
Scully) have yet to confirm.
looks like some of the bigger names, such as Kylie Minogue
(Charlene Robinson), Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson),
Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan) and Guy Pearce
(Mike Young) have turned the offer down, with Kylie citing
schedule clashes as her reason.
20th Anniversary Promotions
The BBC has confirmed today that it plans to promote
Australia's 20th anniversary episodes, due to screen in the
UK in the early Autumn.
will certainly be looking to capitalise and promote Australia's
20th anniversary episodes, which looks set to be very exciting
with its returning characters and big storylines".
went on to say: "Neighbours is a very important and
valuable part of the BBC's daytime schedule, with a loyal
and very appreciative audience."
No Return For Jim
Despite reports yesterday that Alan Dale would be reprising
his role as Jim Robinson for this year's anniversary celebrations,
we've just received word from the show that this will not
be happening. Looks like we'll have to make do with Paul,
Lucy and persistent rumours about Jason Donovan returning
Jim's Ghostly Return
latest name to add to the list of returnees is Alan Dale.
Alan played Jim Robinson from the very first episode, until
his character died as the result of a heart attack in 1993.
The actor has gone on to great success with a series of guest
roles in shows including ER and 24, and currently,
the regular role of Caleb in The OC. Today's Daily
Telegraph newspaper mentioned that Channel Ten
has lured him back for one episode, but quite what role his
dead character will play in the proceedings remains to be
seen. Jim's on-screen children Paul (Stefan Dennis)
and Lucy (Melissa Bell) are already confirmed to be
returning this year.
Although there is no longer a documentary in the pipeline,
we have received confirmation from FremantleMedia that
they are intending to release a Neighbours 20th Anniversary
DVD in September. It is hoped that it will contain full episodes,
as well as some extras including cast interviews. As it is
still in the planning stages, this is all subject to change,
but we'll keep you informed.
Documentary No More
rumours that have been circulating for several months, it
seems that the planned documentary for Neighbours 20th
Anniversary will not be going ahead. Fans will have to make
do with the massive celebrations being planned on screen this
year, as well as the eagerly anticipated 20th Anniversray
Hartman Comes Home
a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Kimberley Davies
was in talks with Neighbours bosses about reprising
her role of Annalise Hartman. This week, Inside Soap
has reported that "she's 99 per cent certain to return" and
it will be "part of a massive storyline designed to commemorate
the 20th anniversary."
UK episode sees the debut of Stingray's mother Janelle, played
by Nell Feeney. Nell previously played the character
of Joanne Blair two years ago. Although Janelle is only around
for a few weeks during this visit, she's set to play a bigger
part in proceedings later in the year, when she returns, with
three more of her children, to take up permanent residence
in the street.
Jesse Returns To UK Screens
been a huge hit in the US and now Hugh Laurie's medical drama
House, starring Jesse Spencer (Bill Kennedy)
is to make its debut on UK screens. Satellite and cable channel
Hallmark has acquired broadcast rights to the show
and will air it from April.
week's issue of the UK's Inside Soap magazine reveals
that plans for this year's 20th anniversary celebrations could
see many old characters back on the street. Already confirmed
to be back in 2005 are Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson),
Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson) and Stephen Hunt
(Matt Hancock), with rumours last week also singling out Kimberley
Davies (Annalise Hartman) and Nicola Charles (Sarah
Inside Soap has spoken to an anonymous ex-cast member,
who has revealed that "everyone who has been anyone on the
show has been approached to take part, and most have said
yes," and that "there's a rumour that everyone will get to
be their character again."
episode will see Ramsay Street wave goodbye to long-time resident
Libby Kennedy (Kym Valentine). Libby's first episode,
screened in the UK in June 1995, meaning that she's racked
up just under 10 years on screen. Libby's sudden departure
is accounted for by Kym's last-minute decision to leave, to
take the lead role in the musical, Dirty Dancing. However,
if recent interviews with her are to be believed, she might
just make a return one day.
Mel Gets An Overhaul
It was recently announced that Melissa Bell would be
returning to her role of Lucy Robinson later this year. However,
prior to her brief period of filming, scheduled for March,
she has taken on another tv project. Celebrity Overhaul,
due to be screened shortly on Channel Nine, will see
several celebrities, including Melissa, 2004 Big Brother
winner Trevor Butler and former Stingers actor
Peter Phelps, undertaking a full detox involving trainers
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