Betting on winning formula
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.