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How amnesia made Neighbours forget itself

The Australian soap went from fuzzy romances and 80s mullets to an over-reliance on memory loss as a plot device

The year is 1988: Margaret Thatcher has become the UK’s longest-serving 20th-century prime minister; Prince Charles has narrowly avoided death-by-avalanche while on a skiing holiday; and a leather-jacketed Bros are topping the charts. And, on 8 November, nearly 20 million people tune in to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding on Neighbours.

Originally broadcast the year before in Australia, the storyline marked a high point in the soap’s two-year history, the spectacle of Jason Donovan gazing lovingly upon his bride Kylie Minogue as the piano balladry of Angry Anderson’s Suddenly plays setting the nation’s hearts aflutter. It was an escapist idyll for a Britain still coming to terms with the grim industrial overhaul of the most recent miners’ strike and the spectre of continued structural inequality. Here was
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Stars Support Humane Society International’s Animal Rescue Mission on Australia's Kangaroo Island

A host of celebrities are urging their fans to support animal charity Humane Society International's animal search and rescue for wildlife survivors on Australia’s fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island.

Celebrities including Sia, Dannii Minogue, Jason Donovan, Dermot O'Leary, and Bette Midler have all taken to their social media channels to express their concern for the animal victims of the Australia fires.

Rescuers from Humane Society International deployed to Kangaroo Island are saving koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and echidna and bringing them to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park for treatment for burns, smoke inhalation, injuries, and dehydration and starvation. Among the animal victims, the teams are finding baby animals alone without their mothers.

Australian singer and fashion designer, Dannii Minogue wrote on Twitter ".@HSIGlobal is doing incredible work with injured wildlife on #KangarooIsland. So many koalas, kangaroos and other animals who need help and care. If you want to support their work
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Neighbours goes back to school in spin-off miniseries Erinsborough High

Long-running soapie Neighbours to explore issues facing teens today in five-episode series

Australian soapie Neighbours, a staple on British screens for 33 years, has spawned a spin-off miniseries set in the local high school in the sunny fictional suburb of Erinsborough.

Neighbours: Erinsborough High is a five-episode series focusing on the teenage cast during their final exams – more than three decades after Charlene (Kylie Minogue) and Scott (Jason Donovan) graduated from the same school.

Related: Neighbours' first trans character might not change the world, but she could change lives | Allison Gallagher

Learning lines is easy when you have a comfy couch to sit on. #Neighbours @georgiestone16 pic.twitter.com/QjqysFLH3R
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Iconic Aussie Soap ‘Neighbours’ to Get Spinoff Series

  • Variety
Channel 5 has greenlit a spinoff of the iconic Aussie soap “Neighbours,” which has been on the air in the U.K. since the mid-1980s. The show launched the careers of Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

“Neighbours: Erinsborough High” will be a five-episode series that will play on My5, Channel 5’s on-demand service. The platform has been stocking up on Australian drama in recent times, buying shows such as “Bloom” from Sony and “Pulse” from ABC Commercial.

Fremantle will produce and distribute the “Neighbours” spinoff series. The show will follow what goes on behind the school gates of Erinsborough High during exam period, with the disappearance of one of the Year 12 students (seniors in American parlance) sparking revelations.

The storyline will run in parallel to the linear show on Channel 5 and will feature well-known characters from the hit TV show as well as new faces.
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‘Everybody feels fragile’: Guy Pearce on fame, family pressures and fatherhood at 50

The actor went from Ramsay Street to Hollywood – but he’s still close friends with Jason Donovan. He talks humility, hype and why he can’t discuss ‘handsy’ co-stars

Long before Hollywood actors were falling over themselves to appear in television series, there was a clear, snobbish line between film and television. “I remember, years ago, when I was on a television show and so many serious actors would sort of scoff and go: ‘Why would you do a thing like that?’” remembers Guy Pearce. “And now everybody is on television.” Does he feel vindicated? “Yeah. Well, it still doesn’t raise the quality of the show that I used to be on.” He laughs. “I’m not naming it, in case I get myself into trouble.” I hope he doesn’t mean Neighbours – Australian institution; after-school viewing ritual; launchpad, in Pearce’s late-80s glory years, of the careers
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‘Everybody feels fragile’: Guy Pearce on fame, family pressures and fatherhood at 50

The actor went from Ramsay Street to Hollywood – but he’s still close friends with Jason Donovan. He talks humility, hype and why he can’t discuss ‘handsy’ co-stars

Long before Hollywood actors were falling over themselves to appear in television series, there was a clear, snobbish line between film and television. “I remember, years ago, when I was on a television show and so many serious actors would sort of scoff and go: ‘Why would you do a thing like that?’” remembers Guy Pearce. “And now everybody is on television.” Does he feel vindicated? “Yeah. Well, it still doesn’t raise the quality of the show that I used to be on.” He laughs. “I’m not naming it, in case I get myself into trouble.” I hope he doesn’t mean Neighbours – Australian institution; after-school viewing ritual; launchpad, in Pearce’s late-80s glory years, of the careers
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Everybody’s got good Neighbours – but maybe not for much longer | Maya Hattenstone

Will Channel 5 really axe the Aussie soap? We still need its sunny disposition – especially those of us who have invested 31 years in Ramsay Street

Is Channel 5 really thinking of axing Neighbours? Reading the news broke my heart. I have watched Neighbours religiously since I can remember, and it just would not seem right if it were no longer aired in the UK. After 31 years (22 of them on BBC1) the Australian soap is one of the staples of British life.

Neighbours is not just a TV programme, it is a tradition that stretches across four decades and all the world’s continents – 7,563 episodes, watched in more than 60 countries, viewing figures of 19.1m in the UK for Scott and Charlene’s wedding (surely, the wedding of the 20th century), and the creator of too many stars to mention (Kylie, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, Delta Goodrem, Jesse Spencer and Natalie Imbruglia, for starters
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Neighbours could disappear from British screens

Talks over a deal for Channel 5 to continue showing long-running Australian soap have reportedly broken down

It has been part of the staple British soap diet for more than 30 years and provided a launchpad into the pop industry for some of its biggest stars. But the TV show that put Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan on the road to fame could be axed from our screens.

Neighbours, the popular Australian import, was moved from a primetime slot on BBC1 to Channel 5 in 2008 – but now the residents of Ramsay Street could leave altogether amid reports that discussions to renegotiate a deal between producers and the show’s UK broadcaster have stalled.

Related: Soaps are the real beating heart of TV | Hannah Verdier

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‘Light-Years Ahead:’ When George Michael Toured China with Wham!

  • PEOPLE.com
‘Light-Years Ahead:’ When George Michael Toured China with Wham!
This article originally appeared on Time.

At a time when “Careless Whisper” is standard karaoke fodder right across China, it is difficult to imagine when the sound of it was utterly and fantastically strange. But strange it was in April 1985, when the British pop duo Wham! beat off Queen and the Rolling Stones to became the first Western pop act to perform in the Middle Kingdom.

Some 15,000 concert goers watched George Michael and bandmate Andrew Ridgely belt out hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Bad Boys” and “Careless Whisper” at the Workers’ Gymnasium in Beijing. Hair was bleached and feathered.
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Scream: The TV Series Season 2 Episode 5 Review – ‘Dawn of the Dead’

Martin Carr reviews the fifth episode of Scream: The TV Series season 2…

With the manky corpse of Jake making an unannounced appearance last episode recalling Carrie amongst other things, Scream goes for another thematic chestnut this week. Take everyone new, everyone old, lock them in one building and see what happens. As it turns out there is a touch more tension, no bloodletting beyond the occasional crossed word and a minor girl on girl tussle. Beyond the multiple accusations, powder keg atmosphere and usual teenage finger pointing, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is another exercise in character development.

This is feeling more and more to me like Neighbours. That Australian soap opera which may still be running on Channel Five which gave us Jason Donovan, Alan Dale, Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. For film fans Alan Dale is the one you want to Google because everybody knows Pearce and his character acting chops.
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War Of The Worlds: Peter Harness working on new TV adaptation

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Peter Harness - of Doctor Who and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – is working on a new War Of The Worlds TV adaptation…

A new televised take on War Of The Worlds is in development. Production company Mammoth Screen (the owned-by-itv producers of Poldark) is leading the charge for a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ iconic science-fiction novel.

They’ve enlisted the help of Peter Harness, who will write a miniseries that sticks closely to the original text. He’s said to be interested in keeping the action in its original time period (the book was released in serial format in 1897) and location (suburban Surrey, in the south of England).

That last bit is a tantalising prospect for anyone who’s ever been to Woking and wondered why there’s a massive alien statue in the town centre (pictured) and a conference centre dedicated to Wells. It’s this writer’s home town,
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Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch Available Now on FilmOn

Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch Available Now on FilmOn
Do you love your entertainment news mixed with what’s new in cooking? “Sunday Brunch,” starring Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer, is now available for entertainment news and cooking fans to watch and enjoy on FilmOn. The Channel 4 television program features what it calls a “chilled mix of recipes, previews and guests.” Here are some of the guests you can expect on one of the episodes featured on FilmOn’s online Channel 4 presentation. “Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer host as Jason Donovan talks about his role in the play, The King’s Speech, Isa Guha chats about her time as a world cup-winning cricketer, Shaun Keaveny discusses BBC Radio 6 and [ Read More ]

The post Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch Available Now on FilmOn appeared first on Shockya.com.
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EastEnders snatches Jason Donovan for Neighbours 30th birthday tribute

Former Neighbours star turned singer is kidnapped by Walford’s Aunt Babe in video to mark Aussie soap’s anniversary

The Neighbours cast made an amusing 30th birthday tribute to EastEnders last month, spoofing memorable moments from the Walford-set soap. Monkey noted at the time that it would be good for the stars of EastEnders to return the compliment – and now they have. Jason Donovan stars as an Australian getting a distinctly “unneighbourly” welcome in the E20’s “Ramsay Square”. Directed by Ian Beale actor Adam Woodyatt, the tribute has a playfully dark tone, with Danny Dyer and Maddy Hill shown lifting a body into the boot of a car and Donovan being tied up by Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) before being force-fed her trifle. Monkey particularly enjoyed the scene when Badland tells Donovan that she made the trifle “especially for you” – the title of his 1988 hit with fellow Neighbours star Kylie Minogue.
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EastEnders cast shoot Neighbours 30th anniversary tribute

'EastEnders' has celebrated the 30th anniversary of 'Neighbours' with a tribute video. The three-minute clip features a guest appearance from Jason Donovan - who played Scott Robinson in the Australian soap from 1986 to 1989 - arriving in Walford but receiving a typically cold East End welcome. After being shunned by Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), the star is kidnapped by 'EastEnders' character Aunt Babe (Annette Badland), who ties him up before making one of her famous trifles, which she tells him she has made ''especially for you''. Long-standing 'EastEnders' actor Adam said: ''We couldn't let the 'Neighbours' 30th anniversary pass without celebrating, especially
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Leigh Francis doesn't want Us success

'EastEnders' has celebrated the 30th anniversary of 'Neighbours' with a tribute video. The three-minute clip features a guest appearance from Jason Donovan - who played Scott Robinson in the Australian soap from 1986 to 1989 - arriving in Walford but receiving a typically cold East End welcome. After being shunned by Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), the star is kidnapped by 'EastEnders' character Aunt Babe (Annette Badland), who ties him up before making one of her famous trifles, which she tells him she has made ''especially for you''. Long-standing 'EastEnders' actor Adam said: ''We couldn't let the 'Neighbours' 30th anniversary pass without celebrating, especially
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The Voice Nathan Moore: 'I was bankrupt, stressed after Brother Beyond'

The Voice UK auditionee Nathan Moore has opened up about his bankruptcy following the end of his band Brother Beyond in the 80s.

Moore - who appeared on this weekend's show but did not get through to the next round - told Digital Spy that the band were dropped from their label very suddenly.

"I'd just been on tour of American for three months," he said. "I got invited to dinner with Madonna, I met Warren Beatty, Sandra Bernhard. Then the week we came back our manager said, 'You've been dropped by Emi'. I had no money, I then got a massive tax bill, I got made bankrupt, I had nowhere to live, I had to borrow money off my Dad just to eat.

"So I'd gone from first class flying, hotels, everything, to getting on the bus. I was just stressed. Nothing prepares you for it. It was really
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The X Factor final: Live blog - All the action as it happens

Eight-piece boybands, middle-aged men dressed as Egyptians getting honey rubbed on their chests, Louis Walsh being... Louis Walsh. Yes, this series of X Factor might not have been the most thrilling, but even in a non-vintage year, there has been plenty to laugh at and enjoy.

This evening's final features Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini battling for the prize of a record contract and the chance to hit the charts in time for Christmas. All the betting and polls seem to suggest that it's a one-horse race with Fleur running away with it, but The X Factor has thrown up surprises in the past, so nothing can be ruled out.

The X Factor: Find out Andrea, Ben and Fleur's final songs

The X Factor: 10 things we learned from the final press conference

The live final is always a spectacular affair, with hordes of special guests over the weekend (Sheeran!
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

The X Factor final: Live blog - All the action as it happened

Eight-piece boybands, middle-aged men dressed as Egyptians getting honey rubbed on their chests, Louis Walsh being... Louis Walsh. Yes, this series of X Factor might not have been the most thrilling, but even in a non-vintage year, there has been plenty to laugh at and enjoy.

This evening's final features Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini battling for the prize of a record contract and the chance to hit the charts in time for Christmas. All the betting and polls seem to suggest that it's a one-horse race with Fleur running away with it, but The X Factor has thrown up surprises in the past, so nothing can be ruled out.

The X Factor: Find out Andrea, Ben and Fleur's final songs

The X Factor: 10 things we learned from the final press conference

The live final is always a spectacular affair, with hordes of special guests over the weekend (Sheeran!
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Winter Wonderland 2014 VIP Opening Night Pics

We have added a set pictures from the event Winter Wonderland 2014 VIP Opening Night. Guests included Princess Beatrice of York, Tom Daley, Matt Smith, Natalie Pinkham, Lizzie Cundy, Kara Tointon, Vanessa White, Jo Whiley, Jodie Kidd, David Blakely and their son Indio Kidd, Helena Bonham Carter, Leah Weller, Kirstie Allsopp, Danny O’Donoghue, Anneka Rice, Neon Jungle, Jason Donovan, Jo Wood, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Shingai Shoniwa, Hofit Golan, Harriet Scott, Brian Friedman, Natt Weller, Percy Parker, Brendan Cole and Zoe Hobbs, Tamara Beckwith and daughter Violet Rose and Roxie Nafousi. Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. Princess Beatrice of York […]
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13 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners ranked: Who was best?

After 13 series, there have now been more than enough I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners to fill up their own all-star series.

They all had to endure creepy crawlies, tough Bushtucker Trials and mockery by Ant & Dec, but they all won the hearts of the nation for a couple of weeks.

Some of them may have fallen from grace since, while some have soared up the UK fame ranks. But who were the best champions from their respective series? Here's our just-for-fun, don't-take-it-too-seriously Top 13.

13. Carol Thatcher - Series 5 (2005)

Potentially the most surprising winner of the lot, no-one could have guessed that Margaret Thatcher's daughter would have been voted the nation's favourite.

Viewers were won over by how involved she was in the tasks, her no-nonsense attitude, and the fact that she was only up against Sid Owen and Cannon & Ball.

12. Matt Willis - Series 6 (2006)

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