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PB Is Three
Feb. 27 2006

Today marks the third anniversary of the launch of Neighbours: The Perfect Blend. We'd like to thank everyone who's read, and contributed to, the website during that time.

Perfect Blend now contains thousands of pages and is a far bigger Neighbours resource than we could ever have dreamt of when we first began, with over 450 character biographies, 250 magic moments, 90 interviews and much, much more. And there's plenty more where that came from. In the past fortnight, we've launched Cameo Profiles, the Opening Titles Gallery and Character Tenures sections and in the coming months, we'll be adding more interviews and features, as well as launching Actor Profiles.

Here's to another three years!

Commonwealth Games
Feb. 27 2006

It has been confirmed that Neighbours will not be taken off-air during the Commonwealth Games. It will broadcast at its normal times on BBC One. All delayed, afternoon coverage will take place on BBC Two, rather than BBC One.

In related news, Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) will be part of the opening ceremony, due to take place in Melbourne on Wednesday 15th March.

BBC Wales Schedule Change
Feb. 27 2006

Due to coverage of the St. David’s Day celebrations on Wednesday, viewers in the BBC Wales region will only get one showing of Neighbours on Wednesday 1st March, at the usual evening time of 5.35pm.

Daniel's Accident
Feb. 27 2006

Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels) has suffered a shocking accident during training for the Australian Ironman Championships. The cycling accident took place in the Royal National Park last weekend and Daniel suffered a broken collar bone, three broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and major cuts and bruising. It is thought, however, that he had a lucky escape as he was wearing a helmet, which took the brunt of the fall. The accident means that Daniel will no longer be able to compete for the iron man title.

Delta's New Material
Feb. 27 2006

Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) is currently in the United States, putting the finishing touches to a new track, Never Fade Away. The new song is due to be featured on the US release of her album Born To Try, which will contain songs, and some remixes from the UK and Australian releases of her first two albums, Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity. The album is also planned for release in Japan.

Cast Update
Feb. 17 2006

It seems that Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson) hasn’t completely ruled out a return to Neighbours. Kylie was quoted in the NT News this week, saying that she “wouldn’t rule out a return to it one day.”

Meanwhile, Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels) has been recovering after collapsing at the end of a triathlon at the weekend. After finishing in the top 10 of his age group at the South Coast course on Sunday, he was taken to hospital, but had made a full recovery by the following day. He’s now in training for the Australian Ironman Championships in April and is also thought to be in the cast of Channel Ten’s newest drama series.

Natalie's A Hit
Feb. 17 2006

Australia’s Herald Sun reports that Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) and Rogue Traders could soon be bringing their music to the UK charts. The word is that Sony/BMG has signed the group in Europe and the album Here Comes The Drums, as well as a debut single, Voodoo Child will be accompanied by a promotional tour in April or May. With her popularity growing both in the UK and Australia, Neighbours bosses are keen to keep Natalie on the show and are willing to accommodate her time off at the moment.

Another DVD Update
Feb. 17 2006

Despite our recent news item stating that the 20th Anniversary DVD might be put off due to a new deal between FremantleMedia and Rajon, it seems that the DVD is still intended to see the light of day. We’ve again been told that music licensing problems are the reasons behind the hold-up though, with no firm dates or details available yet.

DVD Update
Feb. 09 2006

Things are, unfortunately, looking very bleak where the 20th Anniversary DVD is concerned. According to a Grundy contact, they have now renewed their contract with Rajon to produce the Defining Moments DVD for another year. However, this means that no other Neighbours DVD can be produced until that contract runs out. We'll keep you informed of any further developments.

Wedding Bells?
Feb. 09 2006

It seems that, with filming of the 5000th episode fast approaching, Pin Oak Court has been witness to not one, but two weddings in the past week. Our spies in the street have also told us that none other than Jackie Woodburne was spotted filming in a wedding dress - could Karl and Susan be about to reunite?

Rachel's Good News
Feb. 09 2006

Inside Soap reports that Rachel Friend (Bronwyn Davies) has given birth to her second child, Penny. She and her husband, cricketer Stuart MacGill, already have one child together.

Billy Comes Back?
Feb. 09 2006

Could Jesse Spencer (Billy Kennedy) be about to make another cameo appearance in Erinsborough? The Daily Telegraph reports that Jesse's keen to make an appearance, and producer Peter Dodds has said that "It would be great to catch up with Jesse again."

Fan Encounters
Feb. 09 2006

Have you had an interesting encounter with a Neighbours cast member over the past 20 years? We’re interested in hearing fans’ stories for new PerfectBlend feature, Meet The Neighbours. Email us your tales at encounters@perfectblend.net

All About Soap Awards
Feb. 09 2006

All About Soap magazine have launched their 2006 awards and Neighbours' Susan Smith (Jackie Woodburne) is nominated in the category of 'I'm A Survivor'. Voting is open until February 13th.

Fans can vote by phone on 0905 0838325 or SMS 'SURVIVOR2' To 80889.

Logies Voting
Feb. 09 2006

TV Week has published the lists of names and shows from which the shortlists for each category will be produced. Neighbours features strongly, with Pippa Black (Elle Robinson) and Dan O’Connor (Ned Parker) in the running for Most Popular New Talent. The Most Popular Actress category sees Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), Natalie Blair (Carmella Cammeniti), Carla Bonner (Steph Hoyland), Stephanie McIntosh (Sky Mangel) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan Smith) on the list.

Listed under Most Popular Actor are Blair McDonough (Stuart Parker), Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi), Patrick Harvey (Connor O’Neill), Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins), Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy), Ian Smith (Harold Bishop) and Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson).

Voting can only currently be carried out through a form in TV Week or online using a special code found in the magazine. Shortlists will then be announced on April 3rd, after which the public can vote by phone or SMS without having to buy TV Week.

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