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Which one will win Mike’s heart?
Following his shock break-up with schoolgirl sweetheart Jane Harris, Ramsay Street’s most eligible bachelor, Mike Young, is set for a hot new romance.
Mike, played by popular Melbourne actor Guy Pearce, still hasn’t come to grips with the separation. But as Jane (Annie Jones) builds towards a full-on affair with widower Des Clarke (Paul Keane), a tug-of-war will develop for Mike’s affections – and Jane takes neither end of the rope!
At the centre of the tangle are neighbourhood newcomers Bronwyn Davies (Rachel Friend), who has taken a job as nanny to Des’ son Jamie, and her sister Sharon (Jessica Muschamp), who arrives in Erinsborough after running away from home.
But Bronwyn, who manages to steal the first kiss, appears certain to win the battle.
“Sharon is more an ‘easy-come-easy-go’ sort of person than Bronwyn and the rivalry doesn’t last all that long,” 17-year-old Jessica says. “Sharon is the type of person who simply moves on to something or someone else if she doesn’t get what she wants. She upsets a lot of people in Erinsborough because she doesn’t think before she acts, but she also gets into trouble trying to help people.”
A classic example is her eagerness to assist Nell Mangel (Vivean Gray), who is in need of a repairman when her electronic organ breaks down. While Nell is out, Sharon decides it would be a nice surprise to fix it for her.
“She takes the organ apart but doesn’t know how to put it back together,” Jessica says. “Mrs Mangel is not at all impressed. Sharon also goes out busking for money when things get a bit tight, but remains very casual. She is quite unpredictable.”
To tackle her 13-week guest role, Jessica is having to juggle scripts with her schoolbooks. Studying her HSC at Toorak College in Mount Eliza, she admits it hasn’t been easy keeping up with her studies after long days on the set.
“It’s important to get into a routine because I have been devoting so much time to the scripts,” Jessica says. “I got the part in Neighbours very quickly and I’ve thrown myself into it wholeheartedly. But I haven’t forgotten about the schoolwork. I want to get through this year at school and try to get into an arts course.”
This article originally appeared in TV Week magazine dated 13th August 1988 and was written by Darren Devlyn