Simon Gleeson Joins EastEnders
Spy reports that former Neighbour Simon Gleeson
has joined the cast of EastEnders as new character
Sid. Sid will be the 'brother' of new Australian character
SJ Fletcher, and will make his first appearance on Friday
11th August. Simon previously appeared on Neighbours
in 2000, playing Max
Max-ed Out UPDATED
Inside Soap magazine has confirmed that Stephen Lovatt has filmed his final scenes as Max Hoyland. According to the report, Carla Bonner is sticking around, so it seems that the Hoyland marriage will be coming to an end after only two years.
UPDATE: Stephen Lovatt appeared on New Zealand chatshow Holmes on Wednesday evening, where he reported that his break is infact not a permanent one. He explained that he was only being written out for a couple of months to appear in The End Of The Golden Weather, a play tour that will take him to the Edinburgh Festival.
band Rogue Traders, featuring Neighbours' Natalie
Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) on vocals, have added
to their success in their own country by taking the UK charts
by storm. Their debut UK single, Voodoo Child, which
hit number four in Australia, has gone in at number three
in the UK charts, and their album Here Come The Drums
is set to be released on Monday 24th July.
Yet More Soap Show
radio series The Soap Show will be interviewing more
Neighbours stars over the coming weeks. Both Blair
McDonough (Stuart Parker) and Scott Major (Darren
Stark #1) will be appearing on stage in the UK, and, if you
have a question you'd like to see put to either of them, you
can suggest it by visiting the Listener's
episodes of Neighbours have been nominated for the 2006
Australian Writers' Guild (AWGIE) awards, which are judged on
the original script submitted by the writers rather than the
finished product that we see on screen. The nominations for
Neighbours are in the 'Television Serial' category and
the nominees are as follows:
Depression by Peter Mattessi
God's Will Be Done by Katrina Foster
Bad Samaritan by Anthony Morris
nominated in that category is episode 4121 of Home and
Away by Sam Meikle, which was the episode in which the
character of Flynn Saunders died. The last time Neighbours
won was in 2004 for episode 4293 which was written by Shane
Porteus aka John Hanlon who also won in 2001.
winners will be announced on Friday August 25th, and a full
list of the 2006 AWGIE award nominations is available here.
Steph's Debut Single
McIntosh (Sky Mangel) is set to release her debut single
to Australian audiences on July 29th. The single, Mistake
is taken from her album, Tightrope, due for release
in September. Later this month, her new reality series, The
Steph Show, charting the balancing act of her new musical
career with her acting and personal life, will begin on Network
National Television Awards
has commenced for the UK's 2006 National Television Awards
and Neighbours is once again up for the Most Popular
Daytime Programme award, against such popular shows as Deal
Or No Deal, This Morning and Doctors. Visit
the website to vote.
Neighbours Moving To Three?
reports that plans are being considered to air new episodes
of Neighbours on BBC Three. It is suggested
that episodes will be shown on Three the day before they're
seen on BBC One in a bid to boost ratings for the digital
channel, though no firm decision on the matter has been made.
UK fans of Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson), she’s
giving her first television interview since her cancer diagnosis
last year. Kylie: The Interview, presented by Cat
Deeley will be screened on Sky One, on Sunday 16th
July at 9pm.
Soap magazine is currently taking votes for its 2006 awards.
Neighbours and its actors are short-listed in almost
every category, with Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and
Ian Smith up for Best Actor, and Carla Bonner
(Steph Hoyland) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kinski) up
for Best Actress. In the Sexiest Male and Sexiest Female categories,
Kyal Marsh (Boyd Hoyland), Blair McDonough (Stuart
Parker), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) and
Stephanie McIntosh (Sky Mangel) are all nominated.
Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Bree Timmins) is up for Best Young
Actor, Pippa Black (Elle
Robinson) and Caitlin Stasey (Rachel Kinski) are up
for Best Newcomer, while Stefan Dennis is nominated
again, this time for Best Bad Boy, while Natalie Bassingthwaighte
receives her second nomination, in the category of Best Bitch.
In the Best Couple category, Max and Steph Hoyland, and Paul
Robinson and Izzy Hoyland are nominated, while both Nell
Feeney (Janelle Timmins) and Tom Oliver are up
for Funniest Performance.
both the Plane Crash and Steph’s Cancer Battle/Baby Joy are
nominated for Best Storyline, the Hoylands and Timminses are
up for Best Family, and Neighbours itself is up for
or use the voting form in the magazine to place your votes.
The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 25th September.
Blair Hits The West End
Parker may have only just said goodbye to UK viewers, but
Blair McDonough isn't letting the grass grow under
his feet. He's just been announced as part of the cast for
The Vegemite Tales,
a play about a group of Australians flat-sharing in London.
The play opens for its London West End debut in July and more
information will shortly be available on our Neighbourhood
More Soap Show
The Soap Show,
a recently launched online radio show dedicated to British
and Australian soap operas, currently features interviews
with a couple of former Neighbours stars - Marcella
Russo (Liljana Bishop) and Kevin Harrington (David
Bishop). And, from tomorrow, they will also have an interview
with Lucinda Cowden (Melanie Pearson).
New Faces On The Block
Four new faces begin filming this week as Ramsay Street welcomes
a new group of twentysomethings. The Sunday Mail reports
that Christian Clark will join the cast as Will, along
with Ben Lawson as Frazer, Nicky Whelan as Pepper and Natalie
Saleeba as Rosetta. According to Ric Pellizzeri, the
characters will be young and single with long-term issue-based
storylines, but also connections to the street. The characters
will hit Australian screens in October and the UK by early
2007. Click here
for a picture of the newcomers.
BBC Schedule Changes UPDATE
These now look to be the final times for the next month, with
episodes now being broadcast on June 22nd and 23rd where there
were previously thought to be no showings. These are all still
subject to last-minute changes:
Friday June 9th - BBC One 13.40 (no repeat)
Monday June 12th - BBC One 13.40 (no repeat)
Tuesday June 13th - No episode
Wednesday June 14th - BBC One 13.40 & 17.35 as normal
Thursday June 15th - BBC One 13.40 & 17.35 as normal
Friday June 16th - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Monday June 19th - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Tuesday June 20th - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Wednesday June 21st - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Thursday June 22nd - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Friday June 23rd - BBC One 17.35 (no first showing)
Monday June 26th - Friday July 7th (inclusive) - no episodes
due to Wimbledon/Ascot coverage
Friday June 9th: - RTE 1 07.05 (repeat) & 16.20
Monday June 12th - RTE 1 07.15 (repeat) & 16.20
Tuesday June 13th - RTE 1 07.05 (repeat)
Wednesday June 14th - RTE 1 17.30
Thursday June 15th - RTE 1 07.15 (repeat) & 17.30
Friday June 16th - RTE 1 07.05 (repeat) & 17.30
Monday June 19th - RTE 1 07.15 (repeat) & 17.30
Tuesday June 20th - RTE 1 07.05 (repeat) & RTE 2 17.35
Wednesday June 21st - RTE 1 07.00 (repeat) RTE 2 17.35
Thursday June 22nd - RTE 1 07.15 (repeat) RTE 2 17.35
Friday June 23rd - RTE 1 07.05 (repeat) RTE 2 17.35
Monday June 26th - Friday July 7th (inclusive) - no episodes
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