Bet­ting on winning for­mula

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WHEN Su­san Bower (be­low) took the job of Neigh­bours ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, she promised she wouldn’t dodge heavy med­i­cal and so­cial is­sues. Dur­ing her 18-month ten­ure, Bower has tack­led sub­jects in­clud­ing teenage preg­nancy, men­tal ill­ness, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and pre­scrip­tion-drug ad­dic­tion. Com­ing soon, one of the show’s reg­u­lar char­ac­ters, Lu­cas Fitzger­ald (played by Scott Ma­jor) will re­veal a gam­bling ad­dic­tion. ‘‘I wish gam­bling was only con­fined to Ram­say St, but un­for­tu­nately it isn’t and it’s im­por­tant to keep Neigh­bours real,’’ Bower says.

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