News Headlines Edited by Aaron, Jamie and Karl
| Jan's 20th Anniversary|
May 31 2003
Yesterday, Neighbours' Casting Director and Assistant Producer, Jan Russ, celebrated her 20th anniversary with Grundy Television. Jan, in an exclusive interview with us, revealed her astonishment at having been with Neighbours since the very beginning: "Now that is something, huh? Particularly in this industry and in one job - even I can't believe that!"
On Friday, Jan was overwhelmed when cast and crew held a surprise gathering at the studio for her to celebrate the achievement.
To read our exclusive interview with Jan Russ, click here
| Kym Quits Panto|
May 29 2003
Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy) has been asked by her TV Bosses to quit her role in this year's Christmas pantomime Peter Pan, at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, according to the Express & Star, Stafford Edition.
The reasoning behind the decision is due to the pantomime's length - lasting nine weeks, it means Kym would have to take up to three months off from Neighbours, on top of her pregnancy leave later on in the year.
Grand Theatre chief executive Brian Goddard said: "When she has done pantos over here in previous years they have only been for three to four weeks. Her TV bosses hadn't realised that at nearly nine weeks our run is much longer. Kym initially thought it would be okay but it would have meant her being out of Australia for the best part of three months. She'd actually asked to do Wolverhampton because she'd heard what a great date it is from the other Australian stars we have had here."
Former 911 band member Lee Brennan will be taking over the role - starring alongside such names as comedy duo Cannon and Ball and Crossroads' Tony Adams.
Peter Pan will run from December 13 until February 8.
From Express & Star, Stafford Edition
| Neighbours Schedule Changes|
May 28 2003
From Tuesday 17th June to Friday 20th June (inclusive), Neighbours' lunchtime slot will move to BBC2, this is in order to accommodate Ascot. The evening showing will be unchanged. Neighbours will not be shown between Monday 23rd June and Friday July 4th (inclusive), while Wimbledon is being screened. UKGold, however, will still be airing the current repeats at the 7:20am timeslot, and will be moving into the 1997 Season during this time.
Actors from many current Australian dramas, including the cast of Neighbours, may be forced to strike if demands for their daily pay to be quadrupled from $400 to $1600 are not met.
The actors claim that they are sometimes asked to be on standby for anything up to a week - something which they do not receive payment for.
The actors are in talks with the Media and Entertainment Alliance of Australia over whether to go on strike.
TV Week reports that this week in Australia a dramatic turn of events will shock Erinsborough, affecting more than one of its residents. It also appears to be part of Mark Rafferty's departure storyline.
Highlight the blank space below to read the spoilers:
Darcy, desperate to find a way to clear his gambling debts, decides to rob his own family -- Karl and Susan -- of the expensive jewels they have recently inherited. But on his way out of the house, he runs into a pregnant Lyn, leaving her unconscious.
| Credits Updated|
May 22 2003
Following the departure of Michelle Scully from Australian screens last week, the credits have been updated accordingly - featuring a new shot of Lori and Connor together. New Executive Producer Ric Pellizzeri was also added to the closing credits, as "Executive Producer - Drama"
Multimedia: 2003 Opening Credits Version 3 Realvideo 625K
Screen captures and video encoding by Colin Angelino
| More Delta News
Delta Goodrem will be appearing on the following channels to help promote her new single, Lost Without You.
Wednesday 28th May
GMTV Today & LK Today - 7am - 9.25am - ITV1
Celebrity Xtra - Nickelodeon
Thursday 29th May
Disney - The Disney Channel
Liquid News - 7pm - 7.30pm - BBC Three
Friday 30th May
Paul Ross Show - 10am - 2pm - 96.7 West FM
Scotland Today - 6pm - 6.30pm - STV
Saturday 31st May
The Saturday Show - 9am - 12noon - BBC One
Sunday 1st June
Popworld - 9.30am - 10am - Channel 4
Summer XS - GWR Roadshow - Nottingham Ice Arena
Both the album Innocent Eyes and the single Lost Without You have had their release dates pushed back again. They will be released on the 16th and 30th June respectively.
Returns to the UK
Goodrem (Nina Tucker) is heading to the UK this weekend to
promote the release of her second single Lost without You
and debut album Innocent Eyes. She will tour UK radio
stations next Tuesday and will record a performance of Lost
Without You on Thursday for BBC One's Top of the Pops.
can vote to see Lost Without You on the Box by calling
09067 533 400 and quoting the code "541". Delta
will also make trips to Germany, Sweden and the US over the
next three weeks.
Bank Holiday on Monday 26th May sees Neighbours take
a one-day break from BBC One and Ireland's Network 2. UK Gold
will be screening an episode, but at the slightly later time
The Music Cover Unveiled
Australian arm of music retailer HMV has issued a press release
for the forthcoming Neighbours: The Music album, including
the first full cover image:
long wait is over - Sony Music Australia has confirmed the
release date for 2 June 2003! Following an overwhelming number
of requests from Neighbours fans, Grundy Television
in collaboration with Sony Music have put together this fantastic
collection of music from the show. Including previously unreleased
Grundy tracks and music from top Sony artists, Neighbours:
The Music is a must have item in the collection of any
Neighbours fan or fan of great Australian music.
DVD track listing has now been extended [to include] even
more tracks from actors who have used Neighbours to
launch their successful - or not so successful - music careers!
Music has informed us that there will now be two editions
of this release. Both contain exactly the same songs and videos,
however the first is in CD packaging while the second is in
DVD packaging. At present only the CD packaging is on HMV.com.au,
on Monday 19 May the DVD packaging will be available to order."
additional DVD tracks include the Blakeney twins' (Caroline
and Christina Alessi) notorious Mad if You Don't, Jason
Donovan's (Scott Robinson) Too Many Broken Hearts and
Angry Anderson's Suddenly. The final track listing
is as follows:
One: CD Music Tracks
1. Neighbours Theme
2. Born to Try (Delta Goodrem)
3. Lie (Grundy)
4. Way Love's Supposed to Be (Selwyn)
5. One Good Reason (Grundy)
6. Stop Calling Me (Shakaya)
7. Flowers (Grundy)
8. Three Dimensions (Something for Kate)
9. What Now My Friend (Grundy)
10. He Don't Love You (Human Nature)
11. Won't You Be (Grundy)
12. Takin' Back What's Mine (Leah Haywood)
13. 4 Your Love (Grundy)
14. After Words (Endorphin)
15. Miracle (Grundy)
16. Hard (Stella One Eleven)
17. Sea of Love (Grundy)
Two: DVD Video Tracks
18. Kiss Kiss (Holly Valance)
19. Born to Try (Delta Goodrem)
20. The Locomotion (Kylie Minogue)
21. He Don't Love You (Human Nature, with Holly Valance)
22. Too Many Broken Hearts (Jason Donovan)
23. Mona (Craig McLachlan)
24. Don't it Make You Feel Good (Stefan Dennis)
25. Mad if You Don't (The Blakeney Twins)
26. Suddenly (Angry Anderson)
27. Especially For You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan)
Treads the Boards
Spencer (Bill Kennedy) is to make a rare stage appearance
next month in a new production of Jeff Noon's play The
the late Fifties, a small group of teenagers created a new
lifestyle for themselves. They were young, happening and totally
captive to their own code of ethics. These teenage dandies
were the pure distillation of Cool. The rest of the world
knew them as Mods. But they preferred their original title:
production runs at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre from Wednesday
June 11 until Saturday 21 June 2003. To purchase tickets,
call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
suggest that the Neighbours: The Music album will now
be released on May 26th. Elsewhere, the UK releases of Delta
Goodrem's (Nina Tucker) Lost Without You and her album
Innocent Eyes have both slipped back a week in the
schedules and will now be out on June 9th and 23rd respectively.
Triumphs at the Logies
Goodrem (Nina Tucker) and Patrick Harvey (Connor O'Neill)
have won the female and male awards respectively for Most
Popular New Talent at the 45th TV Week Logie Awards.
Michelle Ang (Lori Lee) and Jay Bunyan (Jack Scully) were
both nominated but missed out on the award. Past Ramsay Street
resident Peter O'Brien (Shane Ramsay) scooped an award for
Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the
primetime drama White Collar Blue.
her acceptance speech, Goodrem thanked the production team,
as well as other members from the cast and crew. She said,
"Thank you so much for giving me this award. It's such
a special moment for me." She went on to say, "whatever
your dreams may be, it can happen."
said he was honoured to be accepted into the Australia television
industry as a foreigner. He thanked casting director Jan Russ
who "finally took notice of him after the fourth audition".
in the night, Goodrem sang her hit singles Lost Without
You and Born To Try in front of Australia's leading
television celebrities. To view video clips and images from
the awards, click
an exclusive interview with this site, the new executive producer
of Neighbours, Ric Pellizzeri, has outlined his aims
and objectives for 2003 and beyond. He also confirms that
a new family will be introduced later this year, understood
to be headed by Harold's son, David Bishop, last seen in 1988.
Commenting on the show's format, he suggests: "Inter-generational
stories are a very important part of Neighbours storytelling.
We have broadened the range of stories this year and... you
will see the results of this towards in the latter part of
2003 and the beginning of 2004. I am trying to enrich what
is there, not reinvent it or change it, but build on the very
solid foundations the show has laid down over the years. Neighbours
has had different foci over the years but the premise
has remained the same - the lives and loves of a group of
families living in a cul-de-sac in middle-class Australia.
I believe that all aspects of the lives of these families
needs to be explored. The reach of the stories will be broader."
also touches on the much hyped departure story for Dee Bliss
(Madeleine West), commenting: "Dee's exit gave us an
opportunity that comes along in particularly rare circumstances,
so we took advantage of it. It is very moving television and
the work done by particular members of the cast is extraordinary."
Grundy are said to be so pleased with the finished episodes
that a special preview screening was held for the cast and
read Ric's full interview click
The much-delayed Neighbours: The Music album continues
to be plagued by false starts. The previously announced May
release has been abandoned, and it is now due out on Monday
Inside Soap suggests that Kym Valentine's pregnancy
will not be incorporated into Libby Kennedy's storylines.
Kym's condition will presumably be disguised onscreen with
the actress taking leave as the birth approaches.
TV Week reports that incoming character Izzy
Hoyland will be Max Hoyland's sister, an interesting development
as it has never before been suggested onscreen that the character
has a sibling.
Don Bridges (Big Kev Rebecchi) is appearing in a new
production of Neil Cole's play Dr. Cade from now until
until May 17th. The venue is Melbourne's Beckett Theatre,
located at Southbank. The box office can be contacted on:
(03) 9685 5111.
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