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recent speculation on the future of Neighbours repeats
on UK Gold, the channel has assured fans that the show will
continue to have a place in their schedules. Speaking on behalf
of UK Gold, Alison Cowlishaw comments: "Neighbours
has seen higher ratings since the loss of the afternoon slots.
We have no plans to axe the show on UK Gold but similarly
have no plans to show it at a late night slot on UK Gold 2."
Arrival for the Hoylands
extended Hoyland family is to receive a new member later this
year, when Izzy Hoyland joins Neighbours, played by
experienced stage actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The Sunday
Herald Sun reports that the new character will be "a
blonde vamp... set to cause trouble". Natalie's previous
roles include acclaimed turns in the musicals Chicago,
Grease and Rent. The same article also suggests
that the actress has signed a three year contract, a subject
on which her agent has declined to comment.
at the Logies
Week magazine have confirmed that Delta Goodrem (Nina
Tucker) is to sing at May 11th's Logie Television Awards.
Delta is currently hotly tipped to win her nominated award
for Most Popular New Female Talent.
May Day public holiday on May 5th will see a number of pre-emptions
for Neighbours broadcasts; UK Gold, BBC One and Ireland's
Network 2 will not air an episode on that day. From Tuesday
May 6th, UK Gold's screenings move to the new time of 7.20am.
Takes to the Stage
Sunday Herald Sun reports that the recently departed
Madeleine West (Dee Bliss) is to appear in a new stage production
of And the Big Men Fly, a classic play from the pen
of sometime Neighbours scribe Alan Hopgood. In her
first role since leaving the show, she essays the part of
"football widow Lil". The same article also noted
Madeleine's desire to branch into film roles. And the Big
Men Fly opens on July 1st at St Kilda's National Theatre.
in Ramsay Street?
movie star Hugh Jackman, currently riding the crest of the
X-Men sequel, had a narrow brush with Ramsay Street
earlier in his career. Speaking on April 26th's edition of
Parkinson, he revealed that his first television role
was to have been a stint on Neighbours. Hugh declined
the role, feeling he lacked the confidence and experience
at the time. Clearly he made the wrong decision!
Spencer (Billy Kennedy) has recently completed work on Uptown
Girls, a US feature film starring Brittany Murphy and
Heather Locklear. It is currently slated for release in August.
Jesse will also be seen as Raphael in BBC One's upcoming production
of PD James' Death in Holy Orders, which will be screened
later in the year.
migration to BBC Two due to war coverage has seen the show
maintain its recent healthy audiences. Wednesday 9th April's
episode, which aired on BBC Two, scooped the number one spot
for the channel with 3.6 million, beating Match of the
Day Live: Celtic vs Boavista, which pulled in 3.5 million.
The Weakest Link scored 3.2 million viewers during
the same week.
2003 credits have seen their first change following the departure
of Rosie Hoyland (Maggie Millar). The existing shot of her
with Harold and Lou has been replaced with an alternative
shot of the pair without her, recorded on the same day.
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Goodrem's (Nina Tucker) second single Lost Without You
is due to be released in the UK on June 2nd. You can now
vote to see the video for the song on satellite and cable
channel the Box by calling 09067 533 400, and quoting the
code "541". Delta's debut album Innocent Eyes
is currently scheduled to be released in the UK on June 16th.
numerous delays, Neighbours: The Music 2002 seems finally
set for release on May 12th. BBCi reports that the Australian
release will contain a bonus DVD, and that the cover design
features actors Carla Bonner (Stephanie Scully), Patrick Harvey
(Connor O'Neill), Kate Keltie (Michelle Scully), Ryan Moloney
(Toadfish Rebecchi) and Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy). The
featured actors are expected to make in-store signing appearances
to promote the album. A UK release is planned for the latter
half of this year.
The new edition of Inside Soap magazine features the
first full-size publication of the new Neighbours 2003
cast photograph, uniting all the show's current players. Spoiler-sensitive
readers beware, however; The issue's story synopses unwittingly
reveal a major plot twist previously announced by this site.
It's Huge magazine is currently running a competition
to win a signed Neighbours script from April 2002,
to celebrate their first year of publication. The same issue
contains a brief interview with Jaime Robbie Reyne (Taj Coppin).
Robinson for Office?
Dale (Jim Robinson) is to appear in a recurring guest role
as the Vice-President of the United States in the hit US drama
24. The former Robinson patriarch has been seen in
a number of US-based roles in recent years, including appearances
on E.R. and the last Star Trek movie.
Bound for River City
Dennis (Paul Robinson) is to join the cast of the BBC Scotland
soap River City, in a bid to boost its ratings. The
latest figures show it is watched by an average of 350,000
Times Online reported
"Executives at BBC Scotland have said repeatedly they
will give the drama at least a year in its primetime slot
to find an established audience. Now they hope that a new
character who is a familiar face to soap fans will attract
viewers." It is not known as yet when Stefan will be
seen on screen.
Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay) has recently completed a new
film, The Great Raid, alongside Joseph Fiennes. Unfortunately,
the movie's war themes have caused it to be shelved, with
no release date in sight.
Eliza Szonert (Danni Stark) is pregnant with her third
child, and is shortly due to make an appearance on Channel
Rhada Mitchell (Catherine O'Brien) can be seen in Colin
Farrell's new movie Phone Booth, which reaches UK cinemas
on April 18th. It is currently the number one film across
the United States.
Congratulations to Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi)
who recently became engaged to his girlfriend Alison Hayward.
On a similar note, Sneak magazine reports that Natalie
Imbruglia (Beth Brennan) intends to marry boyfriend Daniel
Johns in January 2004.
Jaime Robbie Reyne (Taj Coppin) has recently taken
to the recording studios to lay down some self-composed music
tracks, apparently in preparation for a future album.
Hunt for Baby Scully
recording approaches for the arrival of the newest member
of the Scully clan, the Neighbours production office
have issued an open invitation to Melbourne-based parents
in their search for a suitable baby for Lyn (Janet Andrewartha).
April 13th edition of the Sunday Herald Sun quoted
assistant producer Jan Russ as saying: "We need a baby
by Monday, April 21, so there is not long to go. Ideally,
the mum would be having the baby this week, although with
our last baby we used a premature bub, who was small for his
age. Although the baby would only be required for short periods
of time, it is an ongoing thing. The role could last six months
wishing to submit their child for the auditions can do so
by emailing: email@example.com.
members of the Neighbours cast have scooped the final
nominations for Australia's 2003 TV Week Logie awards.
Jay Bunyan (Jack Scully) and Patrick Harvey (Connor O'Neill)
have been shortlisted for the Most Popular New Male Talent
Award, while the recently departed Michelle Ang (Lori Lee)
and Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) are nominated for Most Popular
New Female Talent. Sunday May 11th will see the winners announced
at the annual televised ceremony.
to Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy) and her husband Fabio Tolli,
who have announced that they are expecting their first child.
currently intends to remain on Neighbours after the
birth, though it is not known if her pregnancy will be incorporated
into Libby's storylines.
Destroys Jacinta's Home
reports that Jacinta Stapleton (Amy Greenwood) had a narrow
escape when a fire swept through her Melbourne home early
this morning. Jacinta and her housemate were woken by neighbours
knocking at her front door and escaped unharmed, though were
treated for smoke inhalation. Fire crews on the scene claim
the pair are lucky to be alive. Jacinta can currently be seen
in Channel Nine's police series Stingers.
to Grundy Television founder Reg Grundy, who is to be honoured
at the upcoming Monte Carlo Television Festival on July 5.
Grundy is to receive a gong for his pioneering work in the
field of international television production and distribution,
of which Neighbours remains an outstanding example.
Tops BBC Two
recent raft of war-related schedule swops to BBC Two has seen
Neighbours topping the channel's chart, with a figure
of 3.5 million viewers for Thursday March 27th's installment.
Significantly, the figures show a marked improvement from
comparable figures last year. On BBC One in April 2002, Neighbours
averaged 2.9 million in its evening timeslot. With decreased
competition from ITV1 in particular, it seems that the show
has finally reversed the consistent decline in audience figures
seen in recent years.
20 2003: Final BARB audience figures issued by Broadcast
magazine placed the top-rating March 27th installment's audience
at 3.74 million viewers. Neighbours' evening migration
to BBC Two for that week saw it scoop the channel's top five
places in the viewing figures.
is just a fortnight away and brings Neighbours viewers
the now traditional crop of schedule pre-emptions. BBC One
and their Irish counterparts will not broadcast the show on
either Good Friday nor Easter Monday (April 18 and 21). Australia's
Channel Ten skips Good Friday, and Iceland's Channel 2 ends
its Neighbours broadcasts on Wednesday April 16, until
Tuesday April 22. Their usual omnibus edition will not air
on Easter Sunday either.
as conflict in the Gulf intensifies, it is likely that further
unscheduled changes will be made to BBC One Neighbours
broadcasts, following an unscheduled move to BBC Two on Monday
April 7. In most cases, these will comprise the afternoon
screening being delayed until 1.50pm on BBC One, with the
5.35pm repeat moved to BBC Two.
Millar at Large
Millar (Rosie Hoyland) has devised a new reader's theatre
production, Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups, which will debut
in a limited run from April 17-20: "Told to adults by
adults, the stories that came to be called ‘fairy tales’ explored
the darker aspects of the human psyche, before they were relegated
to the nursery and sanitised. Incest, cannibalism and self-mutilation
– and that’s just the beginning!" The show will be performed
at Melbourne's Chapel Off Chapel Theatre, and tickets cost
$20.00. The box office can be contacted on: 8290 7000.
will also be hosting a regular Neighbours theme night
at Melbourne's Stork Hotel, every Tuesday evening over April
from 9.00pm. The hotel is located on Elizabeth Street and
can be contacted on: 9663 8895. Tickets cost $10 each. For
more information on Maggie's current projects, visit maggiemillar.net
17 2003: Maggie has regrettably had to cancel these engagements
due to ill health. Her previously announced trip to the United
Kingdom in May remains unchanged.
Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan) plans to release a new album
in September. Speaking about her upcoming role in Johnny
English on the Capital Radio Network, she commented that
this does not mark a return to acting, rather she "wanted
to dip her toe back in" after nine years away from the
Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) will be appearing on
ITV1's The Bill, ironically as a nemesis for a fellow
ex-Neighbours actor, Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels).
Turns for 2003
Site has reported some ambitious recording that has taken
place for "what has been described by cast and crew as
the biggest storyline ever," adding that the "shooting
schedule was changed dramatically to accommodate a shoot of
motion picture proportions."
recording included days of exterior work at the Werribee Mansion
in Melbourne's western suburbs, including two night shoots,
with a further two days at a "secret location".
The Werribee Mansion, seen right, is an impressive 18th Century
structure, now used as a luxury hotel and conference centre.
story details are being kept under wraps, it seems unlikely
that such an involved story has no link with the concurrent
departure of Madeleine West (Dee Bliss), who completed her
final scenes on April 3.
stars Patrick Harvey (Connor O'Neill) and Blair McDonough
(Stuart Parker) will appear at the Gold Coast's Wet n' Wild
Water World on Saturday April 12 for the opening of its new
Whirpool Hot Springs attraction. Australian fans can win the
chance to meet them by listening to SeaFM.
many fans on our message board have speculated in recent weeks,
incoming actress Stephanie McIntosh will be playing Sky Bishop,
Harold's grandchild. Sky's done some growing up since we last
saw her, so expect a rebellious teen wild-child and plenty
of headaches for Harold along the way.
character was originally played by Miranda Fryer from 1989-1991.
The BBCi Neighbours
Site claims: "Sky is with her father in Scotland
now. She's nearly finished high school." To read about
the character's past exploits on the show, click
Beckons for Madeleine
reports that Madeleine West (Dee Bliss) will be appearing
at the Edinburgh Festival in August with a special stand-up
comedy act based on her experiences of working on Neighbours.
"This new show is called Madeleine West Drops
the Soap and... combines stand-up with character work
and maybe a bit of music," promises Madeleine.