Wednesday 18 March 2020

Happy Birthday Neighbours! It turns 35 today!

I have been so excited for this week. The TV show Neighbours turns 35 today and it's a big week for the show with the normal episodes then late night one's each evening at 10pm. There's five weddings and three deaths! Eek! I won't say anything else in case I spoil it for anyone.

On 18 March 1985, Neighbours was first broadcast in Australia. Thirty five years on it's still going strong and broadcast to more than 50 countries around the world.

Neighbours is one of those show that always seems to have been in my life. I have been watching it since the late 80's. It was Scott & Charlene's wedding which got me hooked. I don't remember watching it before that episode but have watched just about every episode since. The only time I missed it was when it moved over from BBC1 to Channel 5. Our area didn't get CH5 it straight away. Hmmf

I remember my friends and I used to go to the shop after school and buy the Neighbours collectable cards and trade them and stickers for our Neighbours sticker album. I wish I had kept them, I had tons and they sell for about £1.50 now on Ebay. 

Over the past few weeks quite a few old characters have returned in preparation for this big week. Plain Jane, Lucy Robinson, Mark Gottlieb and Des Clarke to name a few. I want them all to stay. Denise Van Outen can go though, I'm not keen on her.

It is hard to pick one favourite character as they all come and go but if I had to pick one it would be Toadie who's been in it since 1995! It's like I've watched him grow up and grown up with him from the school kid to the lawyer and dad. A few of my favourite story lines have revolved around him. The death of his wife Dee on his wedding day, his friendship with Steph, being with Sonya and then the whole saga with fake Dee.

The death of Sonya had me crying every day for a good few weeks last year. It had to be the most heartbreaking story line in Neighbours ever and the most beautiful death. A few weeks ago when it was the anniversary of her death I was off crying again. I know it's just a TV character but when you've watched someone on TV for years it becomes almost real. Just watching the trailer for the episode where she died had me crying when I wrote this blog post.

It is crazy to think that Neighbours is a daytime show with all the subjects it has covered. Teenage pregnancy, divorces, adultery, abortion, terminal illness, eating disorders, alcoholism, adultery, drug use, drug trafficking, robbery, stalking, kidnapping, hit and runs, murders, incest, gambling, prostitution, surrogacy and exotic dancing. lol

Becky has just started to get into watching Neighbours. She loves all the teenagers in it but I am more a fan of the older cast. The likes of Susan & Karl, Paul & Terese, Aaron & David and Shane & Dippi. 

Are you a fan of Neighbours? Who's your favourite character?

1 comment :

  1. I used to love Neighbours but haven't watched it for years - can't believe that Toadie is still in it. I wonder what they all look ,like now - am off to google!

    Enjoy the week!