HOME AND AWAY/ NEIGHBOURS
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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