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 Easter Breaks
March 30 2004

Neighbours takes its annual Easter break from BBC One, Network 2 and UKTV Gold screens next Friday, returning on Tuesday April 13. Iceland's Stod 2 ends its broadcasts on Wednesday April 7, returning Tuesday April 13. The omnibus edition of Monday - Wednesday's episodes will still be shown on Easter Sunday.

In other scheduling news, tomorrow's Neighbours on UKTV Gold will broadcast at the earlier time of 6.35am, returning to 7.20am for Thursday and Friday's episodes. From next Monday April 5 the show moves to its new 6am slot with a repeat on UKTV Gold+1 at 7am.

 The Logies 2004
March 21 2004

It's that time of year again. Yes, the Logies are about to descend upon us, and Neighbours has been nominated in many categories, which comes as no surprise, given the fantastic turnaround the show has witnessed these past twelve months.

GOLD LOGIE - Most Popular Personality on Television (Delta Goodrem)
SILVER LOGIE - Most Popular Actress (Delta Goodrem)
SILVER LOGIE - Most Popular Australian Drama Series
SILVER LOGIE - Most Popular Australian Program
SILVER LOGIE - Most Popular New Female Talent (Stephanie McIntosh)

We all wish Neighbours the best of luck!

 From Annalise to Sammy Jo
March 21 2004

This week's Inside Soap magazine reports that Kimberley Davies (Annalise Hartman) is being tipped to take on the role of Heather Locklear in a behind-the-scenes dramatization of the 80s glamour soap, Dynasty. Heather, recent star of shows such as Melrose Place and Spin City, played Sammy Jo Carrington in the soap on and off until 1989. The TV movie, which is likely to have a primarily Australian cast, will be filmed in Sydney later this year. Viewers in the UK will also be able to see Kimberley guest-starring in an episode of Friends next month, in an episode entitled "The One Where The Stripper Cries."

 Cast News
March 20 2004

Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi) will be appearing in the play, Honesty at La Mama theatre in Carlton for three weeks, beginning on March 31st. The play is being directed by none other than Don Bridges, who has played Toadie's father, Big Kev, on and off since 1995. Don told us that Ryan has been doing "amazing work in rehearsals." Also involved in Honesty is Frank Bren (Colin Taylor), whose book Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View is being released across America in May. He told us that "it's great to be working with two old Neighbours friends, Ryan and Don."

 Delta Returns
March 18 2004

Following a bout of illness during a recent trip to the US, Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) has announced plans to return to Neighbours in order to give Nina a proper send-off. She will return to the set for a brief period next month.

With thanks to Stuart McCulloch and the Herald Sun

 Neighbours Turns 19
March 18 2004

Today, Neighbours celebrates 19 years on Australian TV screens. A pretty low key celebration is expected this year, as all eyes are on next year when the show marks two decades on the air.

 Neighbours Censored
March 11 2004

UK viewers yesterday saw the first edit from the BBC in a long time. In a comical scene, which was removed from UK broadcasts, Connor is locked into the boot of a car by Rocco and his henchmen. Sarah Barnard from BBC Acquisitions comments: "We did edit yesterday's episode of Neighbours. We carefully view each episode and consider both the suitability and impact of content given the large number of young viewers that the programme attracts. Given the nature of the scenes we were concerned about the imitative nature of the act despite its obvious comic intention."

Ironically the scene was used as a preview clip at the BBCi Neighbours website and can still be viewed by clicking here.

 UKTV Gold Update
March 10 2004

Following our recent news that UKTV Gold are to move the 1997 Neighbours repeats to an even earlier timeslot, the channel have told us that it's purely down to the low ratings. They also revealed they have no plans at this stage to cancel the series, as they have the rights for the next 3 years worth of episodes.

 Neighbours Goes Stateside
March 10 2004

BBCi Neighbours reports that the show has been sold to a distributor in the USA and will be shown on the Oh! Network, owned by Oprah Winfrey. Broadcasts will begin later this year, starting at episode 3418 which saw the departure of the Martin family and the arrival of the Scullys.

This isn't the first time the show has attempted to break the US market. In an interview with the site last year, Peter Pinne explained that the show's failure over there last time was probably down to the Australian accent!

 Delta's Spanish Deal
March 10 2004

Inside Soap magazine reports that Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) has been offered a deal to record a version of her album Innocent Eyes in Spanish. The album is apparently extremely popular in South America, where illegal bootleg copies are selling well.

This week's magazine also features interviews with Kyal Marsh (Boyd Hoyland) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy), who, amongst other things, reveals her thoughts on the show's dramatic new direction under new executive producer, Ric Pellizzeri.

 Holly's Career Crisis
March 10 2004

News.com.au reports that Holly Valance (Felicity Scully) has packed up her belongings from her home in the UK and returned to Australia. Her most recent album, State of Mind, has seen dismal sales in both the UK and Australia, and with only four months left on her recording contract, it looks like she may soon be looking for new employment.

 Cast Catch-up
March 07 2004

Jonathon Dutton (Tad Reeves) has won the role of Jeff, a gay trainee hairdresser on Australian drama The Secret Life Of Us. The part was supposed to debut next week, but the show has been pulled from Network Ten this week, due to very disappointing ratings for the fourth series, which has seen big cast changes. It is thought that the channel will resume broadcast of the show later in the year.

Meanwhile, according to the latest edition of All About Soap magazine, Jansen Spencer (Paul McClain) has been spotted looking for work in LA. And Alan Dale (Jim Robinson) has landed a semi-regular role as Caleb Nichols on The O.C., an American drama which debuted on Channel 4 this week.

 Even Earlier Neighbours
March 04 2004

British cable and satellite channel, UKTV Gold are once again moving the Neighbours repeats to an even earlier slot. From Monday, April, 5th the show will be broadcast at 6am. This is the fourth time-change on the channel in the last year, and the move is bound to anger fans.

The recently renamed channel has screened Neighbours for over 11 years, and will broadcast the 3000th episode on Tuesday, April, 20th.

 Coppin's Off
March 02 2004

Tomorrow's episode sees the finale appearance of Jaime Robbie Reyne as Taj Coppin, after just over a year on the show. Rumour has it that Jaime is keen to follow in the footsteps of his father, James Reyne and release a record.

 More Irish Blood
March 02 2004

Inside Soap magazine reports this week that Patrick Harvey's (Connor O'Neill) younger brother, Leon, is to guest star in the show later this year as a barman named Seamus.

This week's issue also contains interviews with Patrick himself, as well as Ian Smith (Harold Bishop).

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