Neighbours to celebrate 30 years on channel 5

Published On March 2, 2015 » 937 Views» By Darren Dimmick » SOAP
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Neighbours is in its 30th year, and is set to celebrate with the help of channel 5.

12 favorite characters from the past, are set to make a return to mark the milestone for the long running soap Neighbors, which will see it hit 30 on March 18th.

As well as the celebrations in the main show, Channel 5 will be airing a one-off special titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which will celebrate the soap’s ongoing success and take a look back at some of the most colourful cast members.

Hosted by current Ramsay Street regulars Stefan Dennis and Tim Phillipps (Paul and Daniel Robinson), the programme will bring together a number of the most popular faces past and present – including Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop), Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi), Mark Little (Joe Mangel), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) and Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay).

Channel 5 will also be airing the first ever Neighbours episode from 1985, allowing fans to take a look back at a young Paul Robinson. Episode one also introduces Helen Daniels (Anne Haddy), who became one of the show’s most-loved characters.

Channel 5 will air the extra shows in the week commencing Monday, March 16. Exact air dates and times will be confirmed next week.  They will also air one of the most memorable episodes, when both Scott and Charlene played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue got married.

On screen in Neighbours itself, the 30th anniversary is being marked by the inaugural Erinsborough Festival, which brings a large number of former residents back to the Street.

As there is still a two-week gap between Neighbours’ UK and Australian broadcasts, show chiefs have planned two dramatic episodes airing two weeks apart – meaning that the anniversary can be celebrated on March 18 in both countries.

The UK anniversary episode will feature the opening day of the Festival, which doesn’t go smoothly when returnee Harold Bishop accidentally drives into the marquee.

Harold’s mistake sparks bedlam at the event, causing a plumbing problem and minor flooding – as well as leaving the first aid station swamped with injured festival-goers.

When Harold regains consciousness in the car, he is stunned to find his late wife Madge sitting next to him in the passenger seat – marking the beginning of a storyline which sees Madge back as a figment of his imagination.

Along with Madge and Harold, other familiar faces back for the Festival include Janelle Timmins, Lucas Fitzgerald, Vanessa Villante, Nina Tucker, Des Clarke, Sky Mangel, Guy Carpenter and Tom Ramsay.

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