Today (4th February) Channel 5 have announced that Neighbours which celebrates its 35th Anniversary in March with a week of unmissable programming, starting Monday 16th March.
This thrilling week promises viewers laughs and tears as they’ll be taken on a trip down memory lane. However, the nostalgia of the evening episodes will rapidly descend into hell in paradise at 10pm – culminating in three deaths.
In Neighbours’ regular timeslot of 1:45pm and 5:30pm, the explosive Anniversary week kicks off with Chloe’s (April Rose Pengilly) genius idea to stage a wedding expo to save Lassiters – with input from Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou). This will evolve into five unique weddings, one per episode, which also involves reuniting couples featured from different decades of Neighbours that didn’t make it down the aisle in their original stint on the series.
In stark contrast to the froth and bubbles of the weddings, the 10pm episodes form a darker, grittier plot that begins in the regular daytime episode.
The ensuing drama centres around Elly (Jodi Anasta) being spirited off to Pierce’s (Tim Robards) remote island glamping resort to celebrate her 35th birthday with a key group of her Ramsay Street friends. Erinsborough favourite Toadie (Ryan Moloney) is among the doomed passenger list. Unbeknown to all, Finn Kelly’s evil side has been unmasked and he’s hatched his ultimate deadly revenge plan that will deliver severe consequences. Which three Neighbours favourites won’t survive the fateful adventure?
Stefan Dennis who first appeared during episode one of the show in 1985 said: : ‘Who would have thought hey? I remember nearly 35 years ago I said it would last about six months, well who is eating their words now! I’m incredibly proud to be a part of Neighbours reaching this milestone, it’s a fabulous celebration for everyone involved, cast and crew, to mark this moment with an awesome week of episodes planned for our viewers, a touch of nostalgia mixed in with some edge of your seat drama – something for everyone. ‘
Be sure not to miss a moment of the drama as Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5.