STREET PARTY

To the cast’s joy, Neigh­bours cel­e­brates 30 years, writes Shan­non Mol­loy

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Shoot­ings, evil plots, sala­cious af­fairs, med­i­cal catas­tro­phes, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters … if any ac­tual lo­ca­tion played host to as many dra­mas as Ram­say St, no one in their right mind would want to live there.

But over the past three decades, dozens of res­i­dents have called the famed cul-de­sac home and helped put the fic­tional Mel­bourne sub­urb of Erins­bor­ough on the map.

While long-run­ning soap Neigh­bours has lost some of its fren­zied fandom in re­cent times, and copped a chan­nel change from Ten to Eleven, the show still boasts a loyal au­di­ence — both here and around the world.

Those fans are ea­gerly await­ing the iconic se­ries’ 30th birth­day, of­fi­cially marked on March 18, which will see a whole host of for­mer char­ac­ters re­turn in spe­cial sto­ry­lines that go to air across the month.

“We sat down more than a year ago to talk about what we wanted to do to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary and ob­vi­ously it had to be big and noisy with a good dose of nos­tal­gia,” se­ries pro­ducer Ja­son Her­bi­son says.

Ste­fan Den­nis, Jackie Wood­burne, Alan Fletcher and Ryan Moloney are ready to cel­e­brate a mile­stone.

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