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Popular Neighbours star Geoff Paine has quit the popular family TV series.
Geoff, who plays Clive Gibbons in the top-rating Network Ten drama, will finish with the show when production goes into recess at the end of this year. He will, however, be seen on-air until early in 1987.
Geoff’s decision to leave Neighbours follows hot on the heels of that of TV Week Logie winner Peter O’Brien, who has taken on a leading role in next year’s series of Nine’s The Flying Doctors.
Because of this, Network Ten executives have been trying to keep Geoff’s exit from the show under wraps and the 21-year-old was not able to talk to TV Week.
The Neighbours role was Geoff’s first big career break since he graduated from the Victorian College Of The Arts last year. From the moment he joined the show, when his character was working for Gorilla-gram, Geoff has been a favourite with Neighbours fans through his nice-guy on-screen personality.
It is understood his decision not to stay with the series stems from his own personal decision to pursue other roles before he becomes typecast and it is expected his next job could be on the stage.
Another cast member set to leave the neighbourhood is 12-year-old Kylie Flinker, who has played popular Lucy Robinson in the series from its inception.
She won’t be renewing her contract with the show and will finish working on the program at the end of this year.
But she will continue to be seen in the series until around March next year. And the character of Lucy Robinson is set to remain in the series with a new actress stepping into the role.
Kylie, who has been working with tutors in her time on Neighbours and having classes during special breaks in shooting schedules, is leaving to return to regular school studies.
It seems likely Kylie will be written out by being sent off to visit her friend Bradley Townsend (played by Bradley Kilpatrick) who is now living with his mother Andrea (Regina Gaigalas) and Jack Lassiter (Alan Hopgood) in Paris. When Lucy returns there will be a new actress in the role.
This article originally appeared in TV Week magazine, dated November 8th 1986, and was written by Stephen Cook and Patrice Fidgeon