Ratings On The Up
This week's copy of the UK's Inside Soap magazine has
revealed that Australian ratings for Neighbours have
been on the increase in recent months. It seems that the gap
between the show and rival Home and Away is the closest
it's been in a long time, with Neighbours' figures
up by 15 percent to 1.1 million. Home and Away are
set to retaliate with yet another cast member supposedly being
killed off. Whether they'll have any cast left at the end
of the ratings battle is still unclear. This week's magazine
also contains interviews with Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy)
and a trip behind the scenes of The Bill with Stuart
actor Blair McDonough.
Meanwhile, this fortnight's copy of the UK's All About
Soap magazine mentions the imminent return of Mark
Raffetty (Darcy Tyler) to the show, in what Mark himself
describes as his "best storyline yet". UK viewers can judge
for themselves when it hits screens from September. The magazine
also contains interviews with Kym Valentine (Libby
Kennedy) and Blair McDonough (Stuart Parker).
National TV Awards
It's the time of year again for Neighbours fans to
make sure they vote for the show in the National Television
Awards. Last year, the show was forced to battle the soap
giant in the Best Serial Drama category, but this year, the
Daytime category returns.
Viewers can vote in four different ways; via Heat magazine,
the Saturday edition of The Sun newspaper, with a post
office voting form or on the website, which can be found here.
George Mallaby Dies
George Mallaby has died at the age of 64. He had been
ill for many years, and his final television performance was
ten years ago on Neighbours, when he played estate
agent Tom weaver, with whom Pam Willis (Sue Jones)
almost had an affair.
Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay) will appear as Lindy
Chamberlin's former husband Michael in Through My Eyes,
an upcoming telemovie on the Seven Network telling
the story of the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlin from
Uluru in 1980. The telemovie has been much hyped in recent
weeks following new revelations about the case in the Australian
Meanwhile, Madeleine West (Dee Bliss) is set to star
in the Nine Network's new telemovie Big Reef,
following the adventures of five rogues in north Queensland.
The series has been tipped as a potential new drama series
for the network. And Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson)
is set to make a guest appearance in the ABC's hit
comedy Kath & Kim. Kylie had voiced a desire to appear
in the show, and will film scenes in August in which she plays
Kim's teenage daughter in a "flash-forward" episode.
Darcy's New Role
This week's cope of the UK's Inside Soap magazine reports
that Mark Raffetty (Darcy Tyler) has won a new role
as a gay doctor in the Australian series The Secret Life
Of Us. With the show currently on hiatus from Network
Ten, it remains to be seen whether this new role will
ever see the light of day. Meanwhile, Australian fans can
catch Darcy's return to Erinsborough in a few weeks' time.
This week's issue also contains interviews with Marisa
Warrington (Sindi Watts), Stephen Lovatt (Max Hoyland)
and Ben Barrack (Gus Cleary).
Pure Soap To Close
The BBC has announced that it is to close its Pure
Soap Website next month, following a review of the BBC's
entire web output. It is thought that only the main soap section
will close, while specific programme sites, including the
one for Neighbours, will remain open in some capacity.
More information about the reasons behind this decision can
be found here.
Paul Robinson Return Confirmed
UK magazine Inside Soap has today confirmed the rumours
that Stefan Dennis will be returning to his role as
Paul Robinson on Neighbours. It is reported that he
will return to filming in six weeks' time, and his comeback
will coincide with this year's end-of-season finale. The magazine
toys with the possibility that Paul may return to reclaim
the Robinson house from the Scullys, a family whose numbers
have been dwindling considerably in recent months. A full
biography of Paul Robinson can be found by clicking here.
In addition to this, fans can look forward to an attempted
murder in coming months, as well as a "big event" to mark
the show's twentieth anniversary next March.
Paul Robinson To Return?
UK tv show The Good Soap Guide has reported on rumours
this weekend that Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) will
be resuming his role in the show within the next few weeks
to form part of a story for this year's season finale. With
Stefan having finished his role as Marcus on River City
earlier this year, and reportedly having been taking part
in secret negotiations back in Australia, it looks very possible
that this could be true.
The Herald Sun newspaper reports that Kym Valentine,
currently filming her final scenes as Libby Kennedy, has been
forced to return to the show to re-film her final exterior
scenes this Wednesday, due to poor weather.
The newspaper also sites contract negotiations as her reason
for leaving and that she will now take a two-week break before
beginning rehearsals for her new role in the stage musical
Time Of My Life.
The Herald Sun newspaper reports that Delta Goodrem
(Nina Tucker) has been asked to sing the Australian national
anthem during the flag raising ceremony at this summer’s Olympic
Games in Athens.
Goodrem recently filmed a few episodes of Neighbours
as Nina, to tie up the character’s storylines, after her premature
departure from the show last year, following her diagnosis
with cancer. Nina will be seen on screen in Australia once
more from the beginning of September.
Neighbours Actor Dies
Stewart Adam, who played the recurring role of Aaron
Barkley in the show, has died at the age of 24. He died on
Monday 21st June from a blood clot, caused by deep vein thrombosis.
Stewart only appeared on screen a handful of times over the
past six months, but was very popular amongst cast and crew,
who were reported in the Herald Sun newspaper to have
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