A House Divided
the unfair dismissal trial of Shane Connor (Joe Scully)
continued in Victoria this week, several Neighbours cast and
crew took to the stand to testify. Jackie Woodburne
(Susan Kennedy) spoke of how she felt "intimidated" by Shane,
who was sacked by Grundy in September 2003 amidst reports
of amphetamine addiction. "People were very nervous, walking
on eggshells," Jackie said.
on-screen husband of 11 years, Alan Fletcher (Karl
Kennedy) testified in favour of Shane, meanwhile. Alan, who
is also the cast's union representative, recalled how the
management had asked him to encourage Shane to pull himself
together. Alan also revealed that the relationship between
Shane and his on-screen wife Janet Andrewartha (Lyn
Scully) was "very poor", but stressed that Shane was "a vigorous
actor, forthright in his opinions and work."
producer Peter Dodds testified that Shane had been
banned from holding Ingo Dammer-Smith, the baby who
played his TV son Oscar, for several months. "We were particularly
concerned about him holding the baby ... in fact he was instructed
not to hold the baby for quite a while - until we were confident
he could hold the baby safely," Mr Dodds said.
Bunyan, who played Shane's eldest on-screen son, Jack
Scully, Kevin Harrington (David Bishop), casting director
Jan Russ and director Jeffrey Walker also testified
this week. The trial has been adjourned until Wednesday, when
both Janet Andrewartha and Ian Smith (Harold Bishop)
are expected to appear.
only just returned as Joe Mangel on UK screens, but Mark
Little has now left Australia and is in the UK, rehearsing
for an upcoming production of the play Serial Killers
at the Derby Playhouse. The play centres on the writing team
of an Australian soap opera and stars several other well-known
faces from Australian and New Zealand soap operas, including
another former Neighbour - Andrea McEwan (Penny Watts).
The play opens on 29th October and more information can be
found on our Neighbourhood
Shane Connor Trial
sources in the Australian press are reporting the beginning
of Shane Connor’s (Joe Scully) unfair dismissal trial
today. According to the reports, Connor had a problem with
amphetamine addiction and was the subject of several complaints
from cast and crew members. His contract was terminated suddenly
in September 2003, nine months before it was supposed to end,
and Connor is now seeking around $200,000 from Grundy Television
in compensation for this.
well as Janet Andrewartha (Lyn Scully), who was apparently
the source of many of the complaints against Connor, other
witnesses in the trial will include assistant producer Jan
Russ, and actors Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy) and
Jay Bunyan (Jack Scully).
still have until Tuesday to vote
for Neighbours in the Most Popular Daytime Programme
category for this year’s National Television Awards.
We’re reliably informed that the show will be represented
this year by Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Damien
Bodie (Dylan Timmins) who’ll be flying over to the UK
for the occasion.
Spy is reporting that that Tuesday's anniversary episode
was a hit with viewers, pulling in 3.15 million viewers for
the lunchtime showing, which is an impressive 44.1% audience
share. The evening showing also pulled in the viewers with
3.48 million and a share of 23.2%. The documentary, 20
Years of Neighbours: A Celebration, presented by Andi
Peters managed to keep most of the audience from the lunchtime
episode with 2.81 million viewers and a 41.4% share.
Bye Bye Blair
Daily Telegraph reports that Blair McDonough
will film his final scenes as Ramsay Street’s resident police
officer Stuart Parker next month. Blair joined Neighbours
fresh from a stint in the Big Brother house back in
2001, and his next project is reported to be a stint as Buttons
Delta Hits The OC
Daily Telegraph reports this week that Delta Goodrem
(Nina Tucker) has agreed to an appearance on US drama The
OC. Rumour has it that she will play an Australia cousin
of Marissa, played by Mischa Barton. And her breakthrough
in the United States doesn’t end there, with the same article
mentioning the possibility of a role for her in the hit series
will see the first of five episodes, dedicated to the 20th
anniversary of Neighbours, screen in the UK. The episodes
will unite past and present characters, as Annalise Hartman
(Kimberley Davies) screens her documentary about the
community. Tuesday’s episode, of which the documentary is
a part, is the highlight of the week, with the BBC
even showing the full closing credits in honour of the occasion.
As if that weren’t enough, there will also be a special BBC
documentary following Tuesday’s lunchtime episode. The documentary,
screening at 2.05pm, will be presented by Andi Peters,
who will be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour by Stefan
Dennis (Paul Robinson) and meet cast members past and
addition, Tuesday morning's BBC Breakfast will be,
in part, coming from Pin Oak Court as part of the celebrations.
National Television Awards
shortlists for this year’s National Television Awards have
been announced and Neighbours once again features on
the list for Most Popular Daytime Programme. This year,
the show is up against GMTV, The Paul O’Grady Show
and This Morning. Fans can cast their votes on the
or by calling 09018 888 007.
closes at midday on Tuesday 25th October and the awards will
be screened the following evening on ITV1.
A New Neighbour
the family have even arrived on UK screens, TV Week
is reporting this week that there's to be an addition to the
Kinski clan. 23-year old actress Dichen Lachman, who
was born in Nepal, is to take on the role of eldest Kinski
child, nurse Katya, arriving in December. Dichen recently
finished filming the movie Aquamarine, which also features
recent Neighbours guest star Lulu McClatchy
view our archive of past news stories click