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Scott and Charlene's 20th Anniversary
June 23 2007

Next week will see the 20th anniversary of the wedding of Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell. Possibly the defining moment of Neighbours' massive popularity in the 80s, the wedding was the culmination of an 18-month romance for the teen couple who, thanks to Charlene's stepfather Harold Bishop and Scott's brother, Paul Robinson, we still hear regular updates about, 20 years later.

To mark the occasion, why not read our new article, Golden Couples: Scott and Charlene, or look back at some of the couple's highlights in our Magic Moments section - the first time they met on-screen, their wedding and the fifties night where they reunited after their problems with Steve Fisher.

Also, read our feature, The Wedding, which marked 15 years since the episode aired in the UK, and features the thoughts of Ray Kolle, who was script supervisor at the time.

AWGIEs Nomination
June 23 2007

Episode 5175 of Neighbours, Cop Ya, written by David Hannam, has been nominated in the Television Serial category of the 2007 AWGIES, awards which are judged by the Australian Writers' Guild and are awarded for the original script, rather than what we see on screen as a finished product.

Also nominated are episodes 4212 and 4227 of Home and Away, written by Sam Meikle and Fiona Kelly respectively.

Neighbours previously won this award for episode 4293 (Dee's Death) in 2004 and episode 3740 (Madge's Death) in 2001, both written by John Hanlon.

This year's results will be announced on 31st August.

Awards Reminder
June 23 2007

Just a quick reminder that voting is still open for our Neighbours Soap Awards. You can either vote in the thread, here or by sending an email to vote@perfectblend.net (remembering to include your username on the messageboard). The categories are available further down this page. Voting is open until Saturday 30th June 2007 and the results will be published on Perfect Blend on 14th July.

Susan's Health At Risk?
Jun 18 2007

Check out The Soap Show this week for an interview with Susan Kennedy herself, actress Jackie Woodburne. Towards the end of the interview, Jackie drops a few hints about Susan's next big story, currently being filmed, and hints that it's a health-related plot, which will see Susan start to prioritise her family, friends and work and look at life in a different way.

Ray Kolle Retires
June 18 2007

After an involvement with Neighbours for 21 years, one of the show's best-loved writers Ray Kolle has retired. Ray first joined the series as Script Supervisor (later Script Producer) in 1986 when it debuted on Channel Ten and continued with the series in various guises throughout the years, notably as Story Consultant during the much lauded revamp in 1996 which saw the return of Madge and Harold. In recent years, Ray has concentrated solely on script writing and his final episode, Just What The Doctor Frauded aired in April in Australia and will air this Thursday on UK Screens. Ray's most memorable episodes included Kerry's death, Todd's death. The 2000th episode, Helen's death and Madge's funeral.

Happy Anniversary Paul & Gail
June 17 2007

Had their marriage lasted longer than two years, today would mark the 20th wedding anniversary of Paul and Gail, who originally entered into a marriage of convenience to satisfy Mr Udagawa. And with Paul, along with his and Gail's daughter, Elle, living in Ramsay Street to this day, there's still a glimmer of hope that they might one day reunite. To mark the occasion, we've added an article looking back at their unique relationship - Golden Couples: Paul and Gail.

More Actor Updates
June 17 2007

Peta Brady, who was the second incarnation of Cody Willis between 1993 and 1996, is currently filming a second series of the SBS drama RAN - Remote Area Nurse.

Meanwhile, Alyce Platt (Jen Handley) and Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels) are both in the cast of Seven's new police drama, City Homicide. Daniel will play rookie detective Simon Joyner, while Alyce will play Lorraine Sparkes, with filming due to finish in September.

Inside Soap reports that Kimberley Davies will ressurect a "hammy version" of her Neighbours character, Annalise Hartman, for the soap opera-style UK adverts for soap powder Daz.

Kym Valentine To Return?
Jun 12 2007

TV Week reports that Neighbours is currently in negotiations with Kym Valentine to reprise her role as Libby Kennedy later this year. Kym left in 2004, after 10 years as Libby, to appear in the stage production of Dirty Dancing and is now back in Melbourne and concentrating on her music career, appearing in an acoustic duo with Waiting Room's Tommy Rando.

Actor Updates
June 11 2007

Craig McLachlan who played lovable larrikin Henry Ramsay, is currently concentrating on quality film roles and has just finished work in Mexico on Tierra de Tigres. He'll soon be starring in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. The show will run from 22 June to 15 September and tickets are available from www.themayflower.com.

Caitlin Stasey (Rachel Kinski) is also set to walk the boards in Britain. She'll be performing in Twelfth Night at Houghton Hall, Norwich. Booking details can be found here.

Former Neighbours actors, Kristian Schmid (Todd Landers) and Jay Ryan [formerly Bunyan] (Jack Scully) are set to star alongside each other in a new series, "Sea Patrol". The Nine Network action drama will focus on the exploits of a small Navy crew as it guards Australia's borders. For more details, check out the official site.

Delta Goodrem, who played musical Neighbour Nina Tucker, will be the face of Alternative Hair this year. The UK hairdressing industry's fundraiser for Leukaemia Research will see Delta performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 14 October. To find out more or to make a donation visit www.deltacharity.com.

Dichen Lachman (Katya Kinski) is currently busy in Hollywood with two film productions. She'll be playing Aaren in a horror called Bled, and Ayacoatl in the intriguingly titled Tyrannosaurus Azteca which is being filmed in Hawaii.

Who's The Sexiest?
June 11 2007

Neighbours has often been admired for the attractiveness of its cast, and now Australia's Who Weekly magazine has spotted three of the current cast for its annual list of the sexiest people. Nicky Whelan (Pepper Steiger), Pippa Black (Elle Robinson) and Natalie Blair (Carmella Cammeniti) have all been honoured in a list of just 24 celebrities. The full run down will be revealed when the magazine hits the shops on Friday.

Music Updates
June 11 2007

Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy) is about to start a new tour of the UK with his band Waiting Room. For full details, including how to buy tickets, please click here. and select Gigs/Tours.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte's (Izzy Hoyland) band Rogue Traders have recently released their new single Way To Go in the UK, although band member Tim Henwood has just announced he is leaving to concentrate on his own band The Androids. Work continues on Rogue Traders' third album.

Jaime Robbie Reyne (Taj Coppin) & The Paradise Three are launching their debut E.P. Fallen Flower this week. They also have a series of shows lined up in Australia; so check out Jaime's MySpace for full details.

Jason Donovan's (Scott Robinson) brand new single Share My World is released 18th June, while he continues his UK tour. More information is available at Jason's MySpace.

BBC Schedule Updates
June 07 2007

As ever, June will see the BBC's coverage of Neighbours facing some schedule changes to make way for sport. Although subject to change, the current plans are as follows:
Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd June: 5.35pm showing only (due to Royal Ascot)
Monday 25th June - Friday 6th July: No showings (due to Wimbledon)

Remembering Anne
June 06 2007

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the sad passing of actress Anne Haddy, who played Ramsay Street's favourite gran between 1985 and 1997. To mark the occasion, we've updated our Remembering Helen feature with some of the media tributes from eight years ago, and have also added a profile of Anne Haddy, looking back at her long career.


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