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Neighbours is a Logie Award-winning Australian soap opera, which began airing on Monday 18 March 1985. The series follows the lives of families who live in the six houses at the end of Ramsay Streetmarker, a short cul-de-sac in the fictional middle-class suburb of Erinsborough. The storylines explore the romances, family problems, domestic squabbles and other events affecting the residents. Neighbours celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2005 with some special episodes which featured appearances from several former members of the cast.

The series is produced by FremantleMedia Australia, which was formed in January 2007 by the merger of Grundy Television with Crackerjack Productions.

History and popularity

Through its entire run, Neighbours has screened five 22-minute (excluding advertisement breaks) episodes a week, shown each week night in an early-evening slot.

The 1980-1990s

The 1985 season was broadcast on the Seven Network, at 5.30 p.m. in Sydneymarker and at 6.30 p.m. in Melbournemarker and other regions. The Melbournemarker-produced programme underperformed in the crucial Sydneymarker market leading to the Seven Network cancelling the series at the end of that year. Neighbours was immediately picked up by the rival Network Ten beginning with episode 171 on 20 January 1986 . On Ten, it initially attracted low ratings. The Network worked hard to publicise the series; they revamped the show, adding several new, younger cast members including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as Scott and Charlene, while a concerted publicity drive largely focused on these new actors in a star-focused campaign recalling that of the Hollywood star system where stars were packaged to feed into a fan culture. This paid off for the series and by the end of 1987 it was attracting high ratings. Australian audiences waned considerably by the early 1990s, although viewing figures had recovered slightly by the end of the decade.

The 2000s

In the 2000s rival soap opera Home and Away emerged as more popular than Neighbours in Australia. Home and Away is broadcast in Australia on the Seven Network at 7.00 pm. Monday to Friday. As of 2004 Neighbours was regularly attracting just under a million viewers per episode, low for Australian prime time television. In 2007 Home and Away was averaging 1.4 million viewers in Australia to Neighbours' 700,000.

Popularity in the United Kingdom

Neighbours is more popular in the UK, where it was formerly screened on BBC One, normally attracting an average of 3 million viewers for its lunchtime showing and 2.6 million viewers for its early-evening repeat. It is frequently the highest-rating daytime programme in the UK, outside of news bulletins.In 2008 the UK broadcast moved to rival channel Five. The first episode to be shown on Five – number 5,331 in the series – was watched by 2.2 million viewers (an audience share of 14.2%), a drop of 300,000 from the BBC's average. However the move boosted Five's usual share for the 5.30 pm. slot by three and a half times. Home and Away, broadcast directly afterwards on the same channel, received 1.4 m on the same evening. On 4 February 2009, Neighbours' 5.30 showing was seen by 1.94 million viewers and the teatime showing is now averaging 1.84 million. Combined showings are currently rating around 3 million per day.

2007 Revamp

A major revamp of Neighbours came in 2007. In Australia the show's viewing figures had in early 2007 dropped to fewer than 700,000 a night and the attitudes among long term fans of the show to storylines were negative.

The revamp included a switch to recording the show in HDTV video, introducing a new family of characters, the departure of several existing characters, a new version of the show's familiar theme song and a new style of opening titles. In addition the use of titles for individual episodes was abandoned after being in use for the previous three years. Daniel Bennett, the new head of drama at Network Ten, announced that the crux of the Ramsay Street story would go "back to basics" and follow a less sensational path than of late with the emphasis on family relations and suburban reality. These changes came into effect over several months in 2007; 23 July 2007 saw the introduction of the new theme music and graphics. Ratings for that episode averaged 1.05 million viewers in the 6:30 pm. slot. It was the first time the programme's viewing figures topped 1 million in 2007.Neighbours was also made available for viewers to watch online via Network Ten's website.

By the end of 2007 it was reported that producers had hoped the Neighbours revamp would push the ratings up to between 900,000 to 1 million an episode. It had, however, resulted in a more modest boost, with ratings hovering at about 800,000 a night. The same viewing period had shown an increase in ratings for Home and Away, which was now averaging 1.4 million viewers every night

2008-2009

In February 2008, new executive producer, Susan Bower, announced that she would be implementing further changes to the programme in a bid to keep it competitive and make it a social talking point once again. She opined that the highly publicised 2007 revisions promised much, but ultimately did not present themselves as a significant enough change. Bower promised to retain the return to traditional Neighbours values but with an injection of drama that remains recognisable and relevant. Ratings rose to almost 900,000 in mid-2008, but generally ratings begin to fall towards the end of each year, usually averaging around 700,000, and the end of 2008 ratings reflected that .

Neighbours was viewed by over 1 million viewers on 27 April 2009 in Australia, the highest figure in two years. This occurred again on Wednesday July 15 when Neighbours achieved 1,002,000 viewers.

On Friday July 17, during the aftermath of the Parker's car accident and dramatic death of Bridget Parker storyline, Neighbours achieved higher ratings than Home And Away. Neighbours achieved 998,000 viewers and placed 6th for the night while Home and Away placed 7th with 981,000 viewers. Friday night is traditionally Neighbours' lowest rating night, however these figures may have been achieved as Neighbours was the lead-in programme to the reality show MasterChef Australia. Throughout 2009 the ratings have continued to decline, dipping below 500,000 for the first time on 27 November 2009.

25th Anniversary

Executive Producer Susan Bower quoted to Five's Holy Soap Website that Neighbours will have new opening titles by the time the 25th Anniversary arrives in March 2010 and will have some "bling" in them to reflect the anniversary. A one hour episode about Neighbours' history and future will be shown

Jason Donovan has been asked to return to the show, but Donovan is caught up in work commitments and will not be returning..

Ahead of the 25th Anniversary, the Erinsborough village under go a makeover. Harold's Store, Charlie's and Lassiters will remain the same, but there will changes to the centre of the complex. Erinsborough Hospital and the Police station will receive new facades.

Broadcast schedule

Australian broadcasts

Through its entire run in Australia it has screened as five 22-minute episodes a week, shown each week night in an early-evening slot. The show currently airs at 6.30pm, going up against rival current affairs shows Today Tonight on the Seven Network, and the Nine Network's A Current Affair. The last five aired episodes are available to watch on the Neighbours official Australian website, as a part of Network Ten's Catch Up TV service.

Previously, the 1985 season was broadcast on the Seven Network, at 5.30pm in Sydneymarker and at 6.30pm in Melbournemarker and other regions. From its second year the series switched to Network Ten. Between 1986 and 1991 the series was screened by Network Ten at 7.00pm, and from 1992 they have broadcast the show at 6.30pm. Ten HD previously broadcasted the previous week's episodes back to back every Sunday during the 2008 season. The Catch Up marathon did not return in 2009, due to Ten HD being demised in favour of Ten's new 24-hour sports channel One HD that went on air late March that year.

Neighbours is on air for approximately 44 weeks per year. It is broadcast from early January to early December, and goes off air for approximately five weeks during the Christmas/New Year break.

Repeat episodes of the series were broadcast between 2000 and 2003. The 1988-1991 episodes were shown in this run in the 3.30pm timeslot, and later screened at 11:30am instead. The repeat run ceased in June 2003.

Australian viewers are able to catch-up on episodes online via the Neighbours website, as part of Network Ten's catch up TV service.

International Broadcasts

  • : As of 11 February 2008, Neighbours is shown on two UK channels: Five and it's digital sister channel Fiver. Repeats can also be caught online, up to 30 days after broadcast on Demand Five. UK screenings are currently 6 to 8 weeks behind Australia . The show began broadcasting in the UK on Monday 27 October 1986 on BBC One. The BBC screened the programme from 1.25 pm to 1.50 pm, before moving it to 1.50 pm and later to 1.40 pm, with a repeat episode at 5.35pm from 4 January 1988. In the late 1980s it had a UK audience of over 18 million (from a total population of around 58 million), which was, at the time, a figure greater than the population of Australia. On 6 November 2008 G.O.L.D.(formerly UKTV Gold) ended its 16-year re-run of Neighbours after reaching 5330 episodes. It is currently broadcast on Five at 1.45pm with a repeat screening at 5.30pm. It is further repeated on Fiver at 7pm and 10am.
  • : Neighbours has long been broadcast by Television New Zealand and screens twice daily at 14:30 and 18:00 on TV2. It was initially broadcast by TVNZ when Neighbours started showing in New Zealand in 1988, but by 1996 it had been removed from the schedule. TV4 (now C4) picked it up and broadcast it from 1997 to 2000. They dropped it in 2000 and it returned to TV2 in 2002. New Zealand are currently 4weeks behind Australia.
  • : Neighbours is broadcast on the RTÉmarker TV Network in Irelandmarker at 13:55 on RTÉ One and repeated on RTÉ Two at 17:35 weekdays. RTÉ are 35 episodes behind the Network Ten transmission. FremantleMedia Enterprises secured a 'long term deal' with RTÉ in 2007 for them to transmit the show after the BBC pulled out of negotiations
  • : Neighbours is broadcast in Belgiummarker on the VRTmarker at 17:30 from Monday to Saturday. The show has been broadcast in Belgium since 1988; they are nearly 3 years behind Australian broadcasts . After more than 20 years on Belgian screens it is the longest running show on Belgian TV after the news and the weather forecast.
  • : In Francemarker, Neighbours was titled Les Voisins and aired on Antenne 2 in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • : In Kenyamarker, Neighbours is broadcast on the KTN network at 12:30, Monday to Friday with an omnibus on Sunday mornings. They are approximately three years behind Australia.
  • : Neighbours is broadcast in Barbados on CBC8, Monday to Friday. They are approximately four years behind Australia.
  • : In Catalonia, the first 1518 episodes were dubbed into Catalan and broadcast in the regional TV channel TV3 as Veïns from 1989 to the mid-1990s.
  • : The show was also broadcast in Galicia, dubbed in the Galician language and broadcast on the regional TV channel TVG from 1989 to 1993.
  • : The show is broadcast in Icelandmarker on Stöð 2 at 12:35 and 17:33 from Monday to Friday, with an omnibus at 12:35 on Sundays. These broadcasts are approximately 9 months behind Australia.
  • : The show was also broadcast in Denmark in the late 1980s and early 1990s on pan-Scandinavian network TV3.
  • : In March 2008, Neighbours began a temporary run on the Norwegian TV channel NRK3, which is the first time Neighbours has been broadcast in Norway since it was cancelled by TV3. Episode 5261 was the first to screen on NRK3, which is airing episodes eight months behind.
  • : TV3 aired the show from late 80's through mid 90's, up until 1997 and episode 1950, when they pulled the plug due budget reasons. TV4 started airing the show in 2009 on their channel TV4 Plus starting at the revamped show format from 2007.
  • : Neighbours has been screened in Israel on Channel 23 since April 2008.


Former broadcasts

The show has also been sold to television networks in many other countries. In the summer of 1991 WWOR-TVmarker in New York City aired late 1980s episodes of Neighbours in the late afternoons. Episodes from 1999 were broadcast for a six-week trial basis on the American channel Oxygen in March 2004. At first, it was shown in the afternoon opposite higher-rated American soaps such as The Young and the Restless and All My Children, which gave the show anaemic ratings from the first broadcast; the people who would be most interested in the show were watching other, more established serials. After a couple of weeks, the show moved to a late-night time slot and eventually left the air entirely.

The show was broadcast in Canada on regional television channel 47, Torontomarker-based CFMTmarker (now part of the Omni network owned by Rogers Communications Inc.), for a period of about five years in the early to mid-1990s, starting in September 1990. The channel started the series right from the beginning and broadcast two episodes back to back for the first several months.

Storylines

Cast



Current regular cast members

See also: Current characters of Neighbours


Actor/Actress Character Duration
Stefan Dennis Paul Robinson 1985-1992, 1993 (guest), 2004-
Tom Oliver Lou Carpenter 1988 (guest), 1992-
Alan Fletcher Karl Kennedy 1994-
Jackie Woodburne Susan Kennedy 1994-
Kym Valentine Libby Kennedy-Fitzgerald 1994-2004, 2005 (cameo), 2007-
Ryan Moloney Toadfish Rebecchi 1995 (guest), 1996-
Carla Bonner Stephanie Scully 1999-
Janet Andrewartha Lyn Scully 1999-2006, 2008 (guest), 2009-
Matthew Werkmeister Zeke Kinski 2005-
Sam Clark Ringo Brown 2007-2010
Jane Hall Rebecca Napier 2007-
James Sorensen Declan Napier 2007-
Blake O'Leary Ben Kirk 2007-
Margot Robbie Donna Freedman 2008-
Morgan Baker Callum Jones 2008-
Scott Major Lucas Fitzgerald 2008-
Jacob Brito Charlie Hoyland 2008-
Ashleigh Brewer Kate Ramsay 2009-
Will Moore Harry Ramsay 2009-
Kaiya Jones Sophie Ramsay 2009-
Alia & Gab Devercelli India Napier 2009-
Jordon Smith Andrew Robinson 2009-


Recurring and guest cast members

See also: Recurring characters of Neighbours
See also: Current Recurring Neighbours Characters


Actor/Actress Character Duration
Caroline Lloyd Dr. Veronica Olenski 1998-
Ben Anderson Tim Collins 2001-2005, 2007-
Carolyn Bock Dr. Peggy Newton 2007-
Mary Annegeline Nurse Jodie Smith 2008-
Laura Hill PC Simone Page 2008-
Christopher Milligan Kyle Canning 2008-
Alysia Aberyratne Jumilla Chandra 2009-
Bella Heathcote Amanda Fowler 2009-
Eve Morey Sonya Mitchell 2009-
Kaela Hilton Melissa Evans 2009-


Upcoming/Returning Cast members

Actor Role Debut/Return Date (AUS) Role Type
Peter Moon Terry Kearney February 2010 Guest role
Jordy Lucas Summer Hoyland February 2010 Regular role


Departing Cast Members

Actor Role Departure Date (AUS)
Sam Clark Ringo Brown March 2010


Notable former cast members

Actor Role Duration
Natalie Bassingthwaighte Isabelle Hoyland 2003-2006, 2007
Anne Charleston Madge Bishop 1986-1992, 1996-2001
Russell Crowe Kenny Larkin 1987
Alan Dale Jim Robinson 1985-1993
Kimberley Davies Annalise Hartman 1993-1996, 2005
Jason Donovan Scott Robinson 1986-1989
Dean Geyer Ty Harper 2008-2009
Delta Goodrem Nina Tucker 2002-2003, 2004, 2005
Anne Haddy Helen Daniels 1985-1997
Natalie Imbruglia Beth Willis 1992-1993, 1994
Dichen Lachman Katya Kinski 2005-2007
Stephanie McIntosh Sky Mangel 2003-2007
Craig McLachlan Henry Ramsay 1987-1989
Kylie Minogue Charlene Robinson 1986-1988
Radha Mitchell Catherine Kennedy 1996-1997
Guy Pearce Mike Young 1986-1989
Brooke Satchwell Anne Wilkinson 1996-2000
Kristian Schmid Todd Landers 1988-1992
Ian Smith Harold Bishop 1987-1991, 1996-2009
Jesse Spencer Billy Kennedy 1994-2000, 2005
Holly Valance Felicity Scully 1999-2002, 2005
Leigh Whannell Stuart Maughan 1996


Celebrity guest appearances



Locations



Neighbours is recorded in Melbournemarker. Interior scenes are taped at the Global Television studios in Forest Hill, Victoriamarker in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. These studios were previously the Network Ten Nunawading studios, used frequently by Fremantle (then Reg Grundy). External scenes of the building and its grounds have been used in several TV series, including Neighbours, but perhaps most notably as the fictional setting for Grundy's Prisoner. Ten moved to South Yarra selling their previous studios but continued to tape some of their programmes there, leasing the facilities from the new owners.

Pin Oak Court in nearby Vermont Southmarker is used for outdoor taping to represent the fictional Ramsay Streetmarker. This location has been used since Neighbours began and is a popular tourist haunt. In the story Ramsay Street is situated in the fictional suburb of Erinsborough. Throughout most of the series' run it was not emphatically stated which city of Australia the suburb was set in. Occasionally evidence appears on screen and in dialogue that suggests that Erinsborough is a suburb of Melbourne.

In 1996 much was made of a group of residents leaving for a day trip to attend the Melbourne Cupmarker, and several of the characters show their support for AFL teams (a sport endemic to Melbourne), there have been several guest appearances by AFL players, and Melbourne landmarks and features can be identified in some scenes outside of Ramsay Street. In 2004, Libby Kennedy was seen travelling from Adelaide back to Melbourne, and she made reference to this fact when she bumped into Rocco Cammeniti in a country hospital. In a July 2007 episode where Janelle Timmins evaluates visits to her children now residing in Queensland she explicitly names her current residence as being in "Melbourne". Since the revamp episodes began airing in July 2007, several references have been made to the Parker family moving to Melbourne from Queensland. These episodes have also been presented with a new titles sequence which clearly makes use of the Melbourne city skyline and the Yarra River.

In the story, Erinsborough is often contrasted with the neighbouring, and equally fictitious, suburb of Eden Hills. Other locations often mentioned (and sometimes seen) in the show include West Waratah, Waratah Heights, Elliot Park and Anson's Corner, as well as real towns in the state of Victoriamarker such as Colacmarker and Sheppartonmarker, and other real Australian locations such as Oakeymarker in Queensland. Knox City Shopping Centre has recently been utilised in filming scenes as well.

Filming in the United Kingdom

Neighbours' has filmed in the UK on three occasions.

In episodes aired in February 1990 when Harold and Madge Bishop visited Yorkshiremarker (In reality, the scenes were filmed at Lyme Parkmarker in Cheshiremarker). Derek Nimmo guested as Lord Ledgerwood in two episodes.

In episodes aired in Australia in November 1992, Rick Alessi and Debbie Martin went to London after Rick won tickets to a Michael Jackson concert. Helen Daniels and Marco Alessi joined them. Only Dan Falzon and Marnie Reece-Wilmore made the actual trip and appeared in the location scenes whereas Felice Arena and Anne Haddy were only seen in hotel scenes shot in studio interiors in Australia. Eddie Garcia and Jennifer Batten guested in one episode.

The second London-based storyline was broadcast in Australia during the weeks commencing 19 and 26 March 2007 and was broadcast in the UK in late May/early June 2007. In the story Susan and Karl visit the UK on holiday and accidentally meet Izzy, who had moved there after leaving Ramsay Street. Karl also proposes to Susan in the London Eyemarker, and they were married for a third time by a priest played by Neil Morrissey. This story also featured cameo appearances by celebrities such as Emma Bunton, Jo Whiley, Michael Parkinson, Jonathan Coleman, Julian Clary and Sinitta.

Theme song

The Neighbours theme music was written by Tony Hatch with lyrics by his then wife, Jackie Trent. Since 1985 there have been six different renditions of the theme broadcast on television. They were sung by the following artists:

Version Artist Duration
1 Barry Crocker March 1985 - June 1989
2 Barry Crocker June 1989 - May 1992
3 Greg Hind May 1992 - December 1998
4 Paul Norton & Wendy Stapleton January 1999 - December 2001
5 Janine Maunder January 2002 - July 2007
6 Sandra de Jong July 2007 - present


Depending on the broadcaster, each theme has received edits for timing purposes, the most edited versions being broadcast by the BBC in the UK. To begin with this was due to the fact the BBC could not broadcast the advertising featured at the end of Neighbours credit roles but more recently it was also due to a 30 second timing restriction imposed on all programming.. Other broadcasters have usually shown the credits uncut leaving the theme song at its original length.

Version 1

The full closing theme of version one that was attached to Seven Network- commissioned episodes received a few edits following the # day #, # away #, # blend # and # friends # climaxes when it was shown on the BBC, but was left untouched in the rest of the world. When Network Ten episodes aired on the BBC the full uncut version was used.

Version one was released in 1988 as a single, charting at #84 and remaining on the chart for 5 weeks This version contained the full closing theme and the last verse being repeated twice. The opening also featured a guitar section, as well as additional piano chords (which was also heard in 1990 often during the pre-titles episode recap)

For episode 1001, another version with different lyrics by Mark Little and Cathy Farr was produced and released as a single, sung by Lisa Armytage, Anne Charleston, Fiona Corke, Alan Dale, Annie Jones, Paul Keane, Craig McLachlan and Ian Smith. The B-Side included merged lyrics of the original and the Little/Farr rewrite.[275837]/

Version 2

The opening theme of version two changed frequently. From the introduction of the revised song in June 1989, following episode 1000 until mid-way through 1990 there was a full length opening song which was essentially a sped-up version of the original with a few new chords; however, mid-way through 1990 this changed to a 10-second instrumental piece with two primary instruments, a Harmonica and an Electric Piano, used in the first episode shown on Channel 7, and in several commercials for the show during the 1980s. This was used for a few weeks before being replaced by a 7-second vocal version of the same short piece. This lasted until the debut of version three of the theme in May 1992.

Version 3

Version three used a jazzy, funky 23 second opening song. This was arranged by Peter Sullivan, and had it's debut in 1992 essentially as a re-record of the 1989 Barry Crocker theme with Melbourne-based singer Greg Hind. Its closing theme differed significantly from the previous two arrangements in that it concentrated solely on repeating the second verse of the song to make up the song's length, thus discarding lyrics such as # Just a friendly wave each morning... # and # Next door is only a footstep away #. This song was heavily edited and used as a revised opening theme from part-way through the 1995 season onwards, and was adopted as the BBC's closing theme from 1995.

Version 4

Version four, arranged by music director / screen composer Chris Pettifer, debuted in 1999 essentially as a re-record of the 1992 theme with two Melbourne-based singers Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton. Pettifer changed it to a more rock & roll key to suit the vocalists and introduced over-driven electric guitar, giving it a rockier feel. The opening theme reverted to 23 seconds and replaced # Everybody needs good neighbours # with # Should be there for one another #. Once again there was a shortened closing theme for UK transmission (The full version was only heard during documentary series Neighbours Revealed). One of the major changes made to the theme heard in Australia during this era was the removal of the repeated backing vocal # That's when good... # from mid-2000 onwards, although this remained on episodes broadcast outside of Australia and the UK.

Version 5

Version five was launched in 2002 and once again a shorter piece of closing music was edited for the UK market, with the rest of the world using the same 76 second variant. This was sung by Janine Maunder and arranged by Steve Wade. The opening and closing songs followed the same lyrical and verse arrangement introduced in 1992. In the show's 20th anniversary episode broadcast, The song was reduced to an instrumental in the end credits so past characters who made cameos would be audible when they made parting messages.

In 2006 a very slightly remixed version of the same closing theme debuted. The intention was for all territories to begin transmitting the same 45 second version at the end of their episodes, however UK broadcasts retained the previous 35 second arrangement for a few weeks until they received a newer batch of episodes with the revised theme attached. Despite a brief period of uniformity, by mid-2006 the BBC had requested further edits to be made to their version of the song to bring it back down to 35 seconds. Australia then reverted to an almost full length track, albeit with minor edits at various sections to keep running time to 55 seconds, whilst other markets, including New Zealand and the Republic of Irelandmarker, continued to receive the original 45 second arrangement launched at the start of 2006. This meant that for over a year between 2006-2007 there were three different edits of the closing theme tune being broadcast around the world as well as three different closing credits designs to accompany them.

Despite the many edits made to the 2002-2007 closing song, the opening theme remained unchanged for the duration at 23 seconds. This version is also featured on the soundtrack album Neighbours:The Music

Version 6

A new version of the theme tune sung by Sandra de Jong debuted in Australia on 23 June 2007 as part of a revamp of the show. This was arranged by Neighbours Music Director, Chris Pettifer and song writer - producer Adrian Hannan. The opening song is longer than in recent years at 29 seconds and is also notable for re-introducing # Everybody needs good neighbours # to the opening song after an eight year absence. The full edition of the closing theme continues to solely use the second verse of the Neighbours song, as has been the case since 1992. The new version does not repeat the verse however, using instead a repetitive technique applied to the # That's when good neighbours become good friends # line and an additional instrumental piece to make up the theme's length which remains unchanged at 55 seconds. For the 2008 season onwards, Australian TEN episodes were followed by a shorter 18 second instrumental arrangement of the new theme tune, accompanying shortened closing credits on Monday-Thursday episodes. Friday episodes transmit with the full closing sequence. In the UK the 18 second closing credits were adopted as of episode of 5331 for all episodes broadcast, including Fridays and omnibuses, whilst New Zealand and Ireland currently follows the arrangement used by Australia.

Sombre version

A sombre piano version of the theme is reserved to close episodes surrounding the death of long-standing or original characters. In the early years, it was often used for tender moments.This version has accompanied a relevant photo montage during the closing credits, starting in 1992 with Todd Landers, in the episode after his death, and was used again for the deaths of Jim Robinson and Helen Daniels. Madge Bishop also received the sad theme tune over the regular 2001 season closing sequence. A montage of clips featuring Madge during her final year (since the show had started filming in 16:9 widescreen) were shown in the recap of the next episode.

Political and cultural impact

The lyric of the song were famously quoted by John Smith, the then United Kingdom Shadow Chancellor, in a House of Commons Debate on Government Economic Policy Smith was bringing to attention the divergence in the economic policies of, and the tensions in the relationship between the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and her Chancellor of the Exchequer, (and Downing Street "neighbour") Nigel Lawson. This speech was considered one of the most effective and memorable of modern times, and Lawson was soon replaced in Number 11 by John Major. Within 18 months of the speech, Thatcher herself was replaced in Number 10, also by John Major.

The 80's version of the theme song was also featured in the Lily Allen song "Fuck You", where the song contained the piano tune from the theme music at the beginning of Allen's song.

Video game

In 1991, an officially licensed video game of Neighbours was developed by Impulze for the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64; it was re-released by Zeppelin Games in 1992. The player took the role of Scott Robinson and had to skateboard around four courses

DVD releases

Sixty episodes have been released on three official DVD releases to date:

Title Release Dates No. of Eps Additional information
Region 2 Region 4
Defining Moments September 2003 2002 15 This two disc box set includes 15 episodes: 295, 523, 544, 690, 724, 1563, 1721, 1904, 2068, 2290, 2965, 3708, 3740, 3920 and 3921.
The Iconic Episodes: Volume 1 November 2008 September 2007 22 This three disc box set includes 22 episodes: 1, 171, 415, 449, 856, 1000, 1285, 1286, 1520, 1521, 1949, 1950, 2251, 2995, 2996, 3418, 3419, 4007, 4008, 4292, 4293 and 4500. Bonus features include additional footage of the 1000th episode celebration.
The Iconic Episodes: Volume 2 June 2009 October 2007 24 This three disc box set includes 24 episodes: 234, 265, 391, 392, 400, 417, 508, 523, 776, 777, 1825, 1826, 2000, 2240, 2710, 2733, 3444, 3445, 3446, 3670, 3671, 4630, 4631 and 4632.


Awards

The programme is the second most successful series in the history of the Logie Awards, having won 30 Logies (including the Logie Hall Of Fame award). It sits behind only Home and Away (34 Logies). Winners of the Logies are listed below:

See also: Awards of Neighbours


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