HOME AND AWAY/ NEIGH­BOURS

Chan­nel 7/ Chan­nel 10

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE -

SOME of our soaps have started to push the en­ve­lope in the story arcs they are weav­ing into the likes of Sum­mer Bay and Ram­say Street.

We have seen far more com­plex sto­ries be­ing told that don’t only mimic is­sues play­ing out in real life, they stir up de­bate.

On Home and Away, Or­pheus Pledger’s char­ac­ter Mason put his med­i­cal ca­reer on the line by set­ting up a cannabis lab for his younger sis­ter, who suf­fers from epilepsy.

Medic­i­nal mar­i­juana is a di­vi­sive topic in Aus­tralia but sees des­per­ate par­ents forced to be­come crim­i­nals to help their chil­dren.

Home and Away look­ing into the is­sue helped shine a light onto this topic.

An up­com­ing sto­ry­line fo­cuses on an­other press­ing is­sue, es­pe­cially among young peo­ple and par­ent — on­line grooming.

Pro­duc­ers have worked closely with the gov­ern­ment to en­sure the key el­e­ments of the arc are on point.

It comes af­ter Neigh­bours broad­cast Aus­tralia’s first gay wedding last year and this sea­son in­tro­duced a trans char­ac­ter to the show.

Olivia Dee­ble and Or­pheus Pledger’s Raffy and Mason sto­ry­line was dra­matic. Pic­ture: David Swift

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