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 News In Brief
August 30 2003

The BBC Message Board reports that Neighbours stalwart Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy) has given birth to a baby girl, Milla. All of us at Neighbours: The Perfect Blend wish Kym, her husband Fabio and Baby Milla our best wishes and a happy future.

The message board also reports that Jaime Robbie Reyne has filmed his final scenes as Taj Coppin. The actor, who joined the show last year and will remain on screens until next Spring, plans to pursue a music career.

Andrew Curry (Larry Woodhouse) and Charles "Bud" Tingwell (Henry O'Rourke) are currently starring in the independent fantasy-thriller film The Inside Story, which has received some excellent reviews across Australia. The film is currently screening in Melbourne with other cities to follow.

Bootleg, the miniseries starring Anthony Hammer (Leo Hancock) is currently screening for the first time in Australia on the ABC network at 5.05pm on Monday. Bootleg also stars Frank Bren (Colin Taylor).

To read our recent interview with Frank Bren, click here

 Valance Returns
August 29 2003

After a few short months away from the public eye, Holly Valance (Flick Scully) has returned with a new raunchy FHM photoshoot and interview. In it she talks of walking around naked after showering, and admiring Christina Aguilera for her image and "tarting it up." The interview confirms that she has finished recording her second album.

 UK Release Date for DVD
August 25 2003

The Neighbours DVD Defining Moments is set to be released in the UK on Monday 22nd September.

As we reported last month it will feature the same episodes as the Australian release. The DVD is priced at 9.99 at HMV and it's also available to buy in VHS format priced 10.99.

For more information check out the HMV website - http://www.hmv.co.uk

 Delta News
August 24 2003

A "serious investigation" is underway at the Sydney hospital treating Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) after a member of staff attempted to sell a secret photo taken during the star's chemotherapy. Delta's family and manager have denounced the action, asking for privacy and respect during this difficult time. Despite her treatment, Delta is currently fielding requests for performances at the ARIAs, the AFL Grand Final and the opening of the Rugby World Cup.

 Oz Soap Convention Update
August 22 2003

Preparations for the first ever UK Oz Soap Convention, in December, are going full steam ahead. Recent announcements by the event's organisers, Darren Gray Management, reveal that the following Neighbours cast have so far agreed to attend: Dan Paris (Drew Kirk); Jansen Spencer (Paul McClain); Ryan Moloney (Toadfish Rebecchi); Ian Rawlings (Philip Martin); Rebecca Ritters (Hannah Martin); Jaime-Robbie Reyne (Taj Coppin); Krista Vendy (Teresa Bell); Gemma Bishop (Kat Riley); Mark Raffety (Darcy Tyler) and Shane Connor (Joe Scully).

 Spencer's Holy Orders
August 18 2003

Jesse Spencer's (Billy Kennedy) new two-part drama, Death in Holy Orders, will be broadcast this Bank Holiday Weekend as reported. The first chapter will screen at 9.05 on BBC1 on Saturday August 23rd, with the concluding part at 8.30 Sunday evening.

 New Singing Star?
August 17 2003

It is rumoured that another singing talent is set to join Neighbours, reports Teletext. Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of Grease star Olivia Newton-John, already has a record deal, and may soon be coming to Ramsay Street.

from Channel 4 Teletext

 Michelle Ang to Return
August 14 2003

The Age Newspaper reports that Michelle Ang (Lori Lee) will be returning to Neighbours in October - the same time that fellow castmate Kate Keltie is back to reprise her role of Michelle Scully, which rumours suggest may be on a much more permanent basis.

With thanks to Darren Wade and Alexander Strang

 Bank Holiday Break
August 12 2003

Neighbours will take a one-day break from UK and Irish screens on Monday 25th August. This is due to the Bank Holiday in England and Wales. The 1997 repeats on UK Gold will also not be shown on the Bank Holiday.

 Inside Soap Awards
August 12 2003

Neighbours has been nominated for this years UK Inside Soap magazine awards. The event will be taking place in November and will be broadcast on Living TV for the first time.

The show has been nominated in the following categories:

Best Soap - Neighbours
Best Actor - Mark Raffety (Darcy Tyler)
Best Actress - Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy)
Best Young Actor - Kate Keltie (Michelle Scully)
Best Couple - Dee Bliss and Toadfish Rebecchi
Funniest Character - Harold Bishop
Sexiest Male - Blair McDonough (Stuart Parker)
Sexiest Female - Holly Valance (Flick Scully), Madeleine West (Dee Bliss)
Best Bad Boy - Darcy Tyler
Best Newcomer - Nina Tucker
Best Family - The Scullys
Best Storyline - Dr Darcy's evil ways

You can vote by picking up a copy of this fortnights Inside Soap, in shops from today. Voting closes on 23rd August.

 Maggie Millar's Recital
August 10 2003

Maggie Millar (Rosie Hoyland) will be doing a new show called Recital with Neighbours writer Alan Hopgood at Kingston Arts centre on Friday 15th August at 11am and 8pm, and Friday 22nd August at 8pm.

The show consists of a rehearsed reading of two of Alan's plays Back to Bellbird and Yours Sincerely, Miss Smith.

The first piece is about the return of the two doctors (played by Maggie & Alan) some twenty odd years later to a very different Bellbird, and the life-changing effect this has on them and the town. Those who remember Bellbird, Australia's very first TV serial, will love this opportunity to meet two of the show's most popular characters - Matt and Georgia - once again.

The second piece is not unlike the popular Love Letters which Maggie & Alan performed in two very successful seasons a couple of years ago.

It's a charming, poignant piece about the correspondance between, and subsequent meeting of, a school student's father and his teacher. The preview audience were totally entranced by both pieces, and quite a few tissues were seen to be used! As well as quite a few laughs to be heard.

Bookings can be made on: (03) 9556 4440

Maggie & Alan hope to eventually take this performance to other venues around the country.

 Neighbours' Australian Idol
August 06 2003

Brandon Burns, the actor who played the third incarnation of Drew Kirk's brother Dougal, has become one of the lucky few finalists on Australian Idol. We wish him all the best in the contest and his future.

 Oz Soap Convention in the UK
August 05 2003

Darren Gray Management were kind enough to e-mail us today about news of an Australian Soap Convention taking place in the UK on the 29th and 30th November 2003. Neighbours stars Ian Rawlings (Phil Martin) and Jaime Robbie Reyne (Taj Coppin) are confirmed as attending the event, as well as stars from Home and Away, The Sullivans and many more.

 Keltie to Return
August 05 2003

TV Week today confirmed that Kate Keltie (Michelle Scully) will return to our screens next year. The actress took the unprecedented step of promoting Neighbours: The Music long after her contract on the show ended, prompting speculation on our sister message board for weeks, but the article seems to hint at a much longer stay for Keltie than originally anticipated. Since leaving Neighbours, Kate has been promoting her Showbiz Expo.

 Delta Wins Awards
August 01 2003

Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) picked up four awards at the ARIA's held in Sydney last night. This was Delta's first public appearance since being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma a few weeks ago.

Delta told an audience of pop peers and record executives last night:

"You've got to stay really positive. I've started treatment and it will continue for the next four or five months. I know there will be good days and bad days. On the good days I do what I want to do, and I'm really happy to be here today."

Delta's debut album Innocent Eyes has gone five times platinum and is currently sitting at number two in the ARIA charts.

Delta also spoke about returning to her role as Nina Tucker:

"I'm not losing it. She's just going away for a while on holidays."

The video for Goodrem's third single, Innocent Eyes has been added to UK music channel The Box, and the September release date is still on schedule, despite her illness. You can request the video by phone on 09067 533400 and use its selection number, 570.

from The Daily Telegraph

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