END­LESS SUM­MER—30 YEARS OF ‘HOME AND AWAY’

WHO - - The List - HOSTED BY: Steve Pen­nells

Back in 1988, a new week­night soap started. The more ex­pe­ri­enced cast mem­bers were just happy they could look for­ward to a few weeks’ em­ploy­ment. Three decades later, one of them, Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Ste­wart, the phrase-coin­ing, straight-shoot­ing heart of the soap, is still col­lect­ing his pay cheque. As he tells Pen­nells in this com­mem­o­ra­tive spe­cial, he hopes they let Alf lit­er­ally sail off into the sun­set when it comes his time to go. Other past mem­bers of the cast rem­i­nisce, in­clud­ing the show’s first sweet­hearts, Frank and Bobby (aka Alex Papps and Ni­colle Dickson), and those who went on to in­ter­na­tional fame, like Melissa Ge­orge and Dan­nii Minogue, who is not averse to her H&A char­ac­ter, bad girl Emma Jack­son, mak­ing a re­turn. “I’m very in­ter­ested,” she con­fesses. And why wouldn’t you be? As Alf says of Sum­mer Bay, “Best flamin’ place in the world.” (Airs Tues., July 17, 7.30 PM; Seven)

Wel­come to Sum­mer Bay: the cast in 1988.

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“Thanks for that, it makes me feel about 900, Steve,” says Meagher when Pen­nells tells him many of the cur­rent cast weren’t born when the show started.

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