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Bunyan (Jack Scully) will be the guest for next month's live
webchat at the BBCi
Neighbours Website on Thursday 24th April at 2.10pm.
BBCi Neighbours are also giving fans the chance to
win a copy of Susan and Karl's wedding program, signed by
Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher, in their next prize quiz,
which is about Neighbours weddings.
Moves to BBC Two
to continuing blanket coverage of the Iraq War on BBC One,
all this week's evening installments of Neighbours
have been moved to BBC Two at 5.35pm. The week's lunchtime
screenings are scheduled for 1.55pm on BBC One.
Gets His Claws Out
MacPherson (Joel Samuels) has hit out at his former Neighbours
co-star Holly Valance (Felicity Scully). Heat
magazine quotes the actor as saying: "I don't find her
attractive at all, and that's probably because of her attitude.
I wasn't the only one on the set who thought that either."
Meow! Daniel can currently be seen on ITV1's The Bill.
their suprise guest return last year, some old favourites
are shortly heading back to Erinsborough. During an exclusive
interview for this website earlier in March, actor Don Bridges,
alias Big Kev Rebecchi, confirmed: "I think we [Angie
and Kev] might be seen sooner than you think. I am shooting
some more episodes fairly soon so keep your eyes peeled."
wherever Big Kev goes, his beloved "little Pumpkin"
Angie follows, so expect the return of Lesley Baker as the
bawdy Rebecchi matriarch, too, along with son Stonefish (Anthony
Engelman). Speaking to us earlier this year, Lesley commented:
"After six years, it is really nice to know that the
Angie I tried to convey actually worked. I really love the
character. Regardless of whether I return or not, I have had
a great deal of pleasure out of Angie - and to know that people
out there have understood what she is about is the icing on
read Don's full interview, click
here. To visit our celebration of Angie, Bring
Back Angie!, click here.
thanks to Don Bridges
UK release of Delta Goodrem's (Nina Tucker) album Innocent
Eyes has slipped back in the schedules to April 7, according
to a number of UK retail outlets. Delta will apparently be
making another UK trip to promote the release, possibly including
a store signing session.
National Radio's magazine show Books and Writing profiled
Neighbours script producers Luke Devenish and Ben Michael
in their March 16 edition, with the pair discussing the show's
ethos and conception, along with its place in the broader
television market. From the show's website: "Robert de
Young looks under the bonnet of the Neighbours TV juggernaut
and discovers an an efficient script-writing engine ticking
away with skill and efficiency, as well as two script editors
ready to defend the honour of their patch against all detractors."
programme can be downloaded from the show's website for a
limited time by clicking
Fletcher Gets Political
Fletcher (Karl Kennedy) has taken to his website to speak
of his opposition to the impending war in Iraq. Alan comments:
"A war against Iraq could be a humanitarian disaster
in the making. I see no culpability in the general Iraqi populace
for the sins of their dictatorial leader. The risk of killing
thousands of innocent citizens and destroying a nation's infrastructure
in the name of peace is too great to rush into a war before
all diplomatic attempts are complete. "
has also teamed up with Neighbours music director Chris
Pettifer to record an anti-war song, Perfectly Comfortable,
which he encourages fans to download and share. To read Alan's
full essay and download the song, click
Change at UK Gold
last month's news that UK Gold had cancelled their 2.15pm
and 11.15pm screenings of Neighbours, comes the announcement
that the show's only remaining broadcast is to move to an
earlier time of 7.20am. The new schedule begins on Tuesday
May 6th. There will also be no episode of Neighbours
screened on the May 5th Bank Holiday.
Soap Back for a New Series
BBC's Pure Soap show is back for a new series on UK
screens this week on digital channel BBC Three. Neighbours
actor Jonathon Dutton (Tad Reeves) will be a guest in
the coming weeks. The programme offers viewers the chance
to comment on all the day's soaps via text, email and telephone
and will also feature daily preview clips of upcoming Neighbours
Soap starts this Tuesday at 8.00pm on BBC Three, and will
be broadcast every weeknight for the next seven weeks.
to Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) on reaching Number 3 in the
UK singles chart with Born to Try. Delta's song debuted
in a particularly competitive week, surpassed only by established
performers Jennifer Lopez and Gareth Gates, with his Comic
Relief tie-in single Spirit in the Sky.
debut album Innocent Eyes will be released on Monday
24th March in the UK and Australia, priced £10.99 and
$24.95 respectively. Here's a track listing:
Born To Try
2. Innocent Eyes
3. Not Me, Not I
4. Throw It Away
5. Lost Without You
8. In My Own Time
9. My Big Mistake
10. This Is Not Me
11. Running Away
12. A Year Ago Today
14. Will You Fall For Me
Sunday Herald Sun reports that the newest young star
to hit Neighbours will be played by 18 year old actress
Stephanie McIntosh. Prior to joining the programme, the actress
appeared in the 2001 US telemovie The Wilde Girls,
and has had other notable television appearances. McIntosh,
whose half-brother is Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson), should
appear on Australian and UK screens later this year.
on the Big Screen
Imbruglia (Beth Willis) will take her first feature film role
in this year's Johnny English, playing Rowan Atkinson's
love interest in a film about the hopeless spy first seen
in Barclaycard adverts. Unreel magazine says she "shines"
in her feature debut. The film will be released on April 11th
in the UK.
CD Delayed... Again
already heavily delayed CD Neighbours: The Music has
apparently slipped back in the schedules again and is now
due out on May 5th. Reports suggest that the album will feature
a full three-minute version of the current theme, with an
extended introduction and an additional instrumental chorus.
It can be pre-ordered via HMV.com.au,
with worldwide shipping offered.
Millar in the UK
Millar (Rosie Hoyland) is making a special journey to the
UK to open the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature
on 9th May. It's a hugely popular event held every year in
Fowey, Cornwall, gathering together well-known writers and
performers from all over the world. Maggie describes opening
the event as "a huge honour". The festival is held
from May 9th-18th May and more details can be found by clicking
West (Dee Bliss) will be the guest for this month's live webchat
at the BBCi Neighbours site, on Thursday 27th March
from 2.10pm to 2.50pm. You can send your questions in advance
Grundy show Prisoner escapes from the archives this
month in Australia, with three new releases on video and DVD.
Created by Neighbours supremo Reg Watson, the new releases
feature a host of familiar faces from the show, including
Janet Andrewartha (Lyn Scully), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop),
Shane Connor (Joe Scully), Maggie Millar (Rosie Hoyland),
Ian Smith (Harold Bishop) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy).
three volumes - The Beginning, On the Inside
and The Great Escapes - feature four uncut episodes
each, and are also available as video and DVD box sets. The
DVDs are encoded in Region 0 format and are compatible with
all worldwide players. We recommend EzyDVD.com.au,
which ships the releases worldwide within 5-10 days.
Little Gets Komedic
Little (Joe Mangel) has launched his very own cabaret night
at Brighton's biggest comedy club, Komedia. The Boogie-Woogie
Beach Bum Bar offers poetry, comedy, British hip-hop ("Chip
Shop") from the family band, Mark and the Mingers, which
stars Mark and his sons.
current scheduled dates are: Monday 24th March, Tuesday 10th
and Thursday 24th April, Wed 7th and Thurs 29th May. Tickets
cost £10.00 (£6.00 concessions, £4.00 for
students). Depending on its popularity, the shows could become
more frequent next season. For more information contact Komedia
on www.komedia.co.uk or
to Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy), who has won the Wicked Weepie
award, voted by readers of the UK magazine All About Soap.
Kym won the award for her moving performance during Drew's
Funeral in 2002, and is pictured in the March edition
of the magazine with her trophy. The same issue also includes
an interview with Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi).
has confirmed that their troubled daytime soap Crossroads
is to end in the summer. The show was initially touted as
a rival for Neighbours when it relaunched in 2001 in
direct competition with the show. A massive revamp heralded
its return in 2003, with former Neighbours star Anne
Charleston (Madge Bishop) heading its new cast.
Herald Sun have confirmed that Michelle Ang (Lori Lee)
is to leave Ramsay Street after just eight months, and recorded
her final scenes this week. The actress reportedly found the
complications of acting on the show while studying for her
university degree too great, and ultimately decided to return
to her native New Zealand to concentrate on her education.
in the UK
to our previous coverage, Delta Goodrem's (Nina Tucker) website
reports: "Delta Goodrem will fly to the UK this week
for a brief promotional tour to support her triple Platinum
single Born To Try. Delta has a number of appearances
scheduled on her five-day stay including interviews with SM:TV,
CD:UK, Capital, Radio 2 and The Sun."
addition to her previously confirmed CD:UK appearance,
on Saturday 8th March Delta will also appear on its sibling
show, SM:TV Live, from 9.25am. Monday 10th March sees
Delta fielding questions from fans in a live webchat with
readers of The Sun.
Questions can be submitted in advance by email.
Week magazine have confirmed that Mark Raffety is to leave
Neighbours after three years in the role of Dr. Darcy
Tyler. Viewers will see the villainous doctor bow out in the
Release for Born to Try
Goodrem (Nina Tucker) makes her bid for the UK charts this
month with the release of her single Born to Try, which
featured extensively on Neighbours during 2002. After
several delays, the UK release is now set for Monday March
10 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk.
To see the video for the song on the UK cable station the
Box, call 09067 533400 and quote number 383. To visit Delta's
official UK website, click
to Try will also be single of the week in Virgin Megastores
next week. Delta will be promoting the release on television
on CD:UK on Saturday March 8 on ITV1 at 11.30am and
Top of the Pops 2 on Tuesday March 11 on BBC Two at 6.20pm.
Delta be performing live on both shows.