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