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‘Neighbours’ marks 35th anniversary with five extra episodes

(L-r) Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne, Stefan Dennis and Ryan Moloney

Network 10 and the UK’s Channel 5 have commissioned an extra five episodes of Fremantle’s Neighbours to mark the show’s 35th anniversary.

The anniversary week kicks off at 6.30 pm on March 16 on 10 Peach as Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly) get the idea to stage a wedding expo to save Lassiters, with help from Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou).

This evolves into five weddings, one per episode, reuniting couples from different decades on Ramsay Street that didn’t make it down the aisle.

In contrast, the bonus episodes at 7 pm have a darker, grittier tone with the deaths of three Erinsborough favourites.

The drama centres around Elly Conway (Jodi Anasta) being whisked away to Pierce Greyson’s (Tim Robards) remote island glamping resort to celebrate her 35th birthday with a group of Ramsay Street friends including Toadie (Ryan Moloney).

However,
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Vale Gary Conway, distinguished TV director

Gary Conway.

One of Australia’s most respected and prolific TV directors who started his career at Crawford Productions in the 1960s, Gary Conway died on Friday in a hospice in Melbourne, aged 73.

Conway directed nearly 800 episodes of Neigbours, beginning in 1988, and worked on the Fremantle show until late last year when he was forced to stop after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

“Gary was a great mate to me and to many, many others,” his friend and long-time colleague, composer Garry (Sam) Hardman tells If.

“Gary started at Crawford’s a couple of years before I did. I met him when I started with the company in 1965. There were 45 people on staff back then and Gary was the company’s art department.

“He would make up the credit cards for Homicide and Hunter as well as the ‘fake signs” for filming that could turn an ordinary office building into a federal bank.
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Alan Fletcher asked for weird advice from fans

Alan Fletcher is often mistaken for a real doctor. The 'Neighbours' star has played womaniser Dr Karl Kennedy in the Australian soap opera for 21 years and, although he's just an actor playing a medic, he has admitted people often ask him to diagnose their embarrassing issues. He explained: ''The only time I'm asked stuff is by young men - and then they're usually asking about their nether regions.'' And it looks like the 58-year-old actor is set to be bombarded with even more bizarre questions soon, as he's planning to spend more time in the UK after 'Neighbours' was given the go-ahead
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Alan Fletcher won't leave Neighbours

Alan Fletcher won't leave 'Neighbours' until he's axed. The 58-year-old actor has played womaniser Dr Karl Kennedy in the Australian soap for 21 years, but he has admitted he has no plans to hang up his stethoscope and won't consider retirement until he's dropped from the show. He said: ''I have no plans to retire as long as I am having a great time and for as long as 'Neighbours' wants me to be there. ''It's one of those things, you should only do a job that you can put 100 per cent into it and I feel that way about 'Neighbours'
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Jodie Prenger can't face wedding day

Alan Fletcher won't leave 'Neighbours' until he's axed. The 58-year-old actor has played womaniser Dr Karl Kennedy in the Australian soap for 21 years, but he has admitted he has no plans to hang up his stethoscope and won't consider retirement until he's dropped from the show. He said: ''I have no plans to retire as long as I am having a great time and for as long as 'Neighbours' wants me to be there. ''It's one of those things, you should only do a job that you can put 100 per cent into it and I feel that way about 'Neighbours'
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The Babadook continues winning streak

Jennifer Kent has won Best Direction in a Feature Film for The Babadook at the 2015 Australian Directors Guild Awards, held in Melbourne on Friday night.

The Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year, across 15 categories including film, television , Tvc and content created for the internet.

Other winners included Tony Krawitz for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for episode five of Devil.s Playground and Matthew Saville for Best Direction in a TV Comedy for Please Like Me.

The ceremony, ordinarily held in Sydney, switched it up this year and took place at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Hosted by The Chaser.s Chris Taylor, the event honoured the 30th anniversary of Neighbours, with long-serving cast members Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher in attendance along with Ariel Kaplan and Harley Bonner.

This year, the Adg presented both the Michael Carson Award and the Adg/DGA Finders Award.
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Adg Awards presenters named

Robert Connolly, Nadine Garner, Sigrid Thornton and Denise Roberts will be among the presenters at next week.s Australian Directors Guild Awards.

December Media's Stuart Menzies will present the Michael Carson Award to Chris Langman and Adg president Ray Argall will bestow the Adg/DGA Finders Award on Craig Monahan for his film Healing.

Celebrating the 30th year of Neighbours, there will be a salute to the 87 directors who have worked on the program.

Representing the soap.s longest-serving cast members, Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne will discuss their experiences.

Two newer members of the Neighbours cast, Ariel Kaplan and Harley Bonner, will also take part as presenters.

Hosted by The Chaser's Chris Taylor, the Adg Awards across 15 categories in film, television, multiplatform, music videos and advertising, will be announced on Friday May 8 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
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New president for Equity

Stage stalwart Chloe Dallimore has been elected federal president of the Meaa.s Equity branch.

The actress whose credits include Pippin, Annie, The Addams Family and Thoroughly Modern Millie, succeeds Geoff Morrell.

Morrell had been acting president since Simon Burke stepped down last October after 10 years in that role. Nadine Garner and Lorna Lesly were elected. federal vice presidents.

Members of the new National Performers Committee are:

Federal President (Equity) Chloe Dallimore Federal Vice-Presidents (Equity) Nadine Garner Lorna Lesly Victoria Branch Board Member Genevieve Picot Queensland Branch Board Member Jason Klarwein Nsw Branch President (Equity): Tina Bursill Vice-President (Equity): Jonathan Mill Victoria Branch President (Equity): Abbe Holmes Vice-President (Equity): Francis Greenslade Queensland Branch President (Equity): Carol Burns Federal Council Delegates (Equity) Robyn Arthur Kerith Atkinson Michala Banas Amanda Bishop Mitchell Butel Helen Dallimore Marta Dusseldorp Alan Fletcher Samuel Gaskin Elizabeth Hay Glenn Hazeldine Robert Jago
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Eddie Redmayne offered cameo role in Neighbours

Eddie Redmayne has been offered a cameo role in 'Neighbours'. The 33-year-old Brit, who recently won the Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in 'The Theory of Everything', is a huge fan of the Australian soap opera, and TV bosses Down Under are hoping he'll agree to appear on the show. Series producer Jason Herbison said: ''If we could cap off an incredible year for Eddie by writing a guest role, however big or small, it would be our privilege.'' Eddie has spoken of his admiration of actors Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne, who play Karl and Susan Kennedy, and it's
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Jessica Wright accused of cheating on ex Ricky Rayment

Eddie Redmayne has been offered a cameo role in 'Neighbours'. The 33-year-old Brit, who recently won the Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in 'The Theory of Everything', is a huge fan of the Australian soap opera, and TV bosses Down Under are hoping he'll agree to appear on the show. Series producer Jason Herbison said: ''If we could cap off an incredible year for Eddie by writing a guest role, however big or small, it would be our privilege.'' Eddie has spoken of his admiration of actors Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne, who play Karl and Susan Kennedy, and it's
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Neighbours star thanks Eddie Redmayne in new video message

Neighbours star thanks Eddie Redmayne in new video message
Neighbours star Jackie Woodburne has thanked Oscars winner Eddie Redmayne in a new video message.

Redmayne, who won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, yesterday paid tribute to both Woodburne and her on-screen husband Alan Fletcher.

Watch Woodburne's message to Redmayne by clicking here:

Responding to the tribute, Woodburne thanked Redmayne in a special video message where she also praised him for his own talent.

She said: "Congratulations Eddie on all the accolades on your beautiful performance, and thank you so much for the mention.

"It means more than I can tell you to all of us at Neighbours, not just myself and Alan. Thank you and good luck with everything you do in the future. Congratulations again."

Fletcher, who plays Karl Kennedy, also thanked Redmayne, saying: "To receive such generous praise from an actor of Eddie Redmayne's startling
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Eddie Redmayne praises Neighbours duo following Oscars win

Eddie Redmayne praises Neighbours duo following Oscars win
Eddie Redmayne has praised Neighbours stars Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne following his Oscars win.

Redmayne won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but has insisted that he learned skills from watching the Neighbours duo daily.

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Speaking to News.com.au, Redmayne said: "I think they're amazing. I'm a huge fan of them from old. I've learnt a lot from them from watching them daily."

Redmayne has previously praised the stars of the Australian soap, who play long-standing characters Karl and Susan Kennedy.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, he reiterated: "They are the greatest unsung acting duo in history. Watch, and you'll find that everything they do is on another level of genius. I really do think so."

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Op ed: Roy Billing on imported actors

For nearly 40 years I have had an enjoyable and successful career as an actor. While I hope this will continue, I worry that Actors. Equity seems to be impeding the growth and development of the Australian film and television sector, where most of my work comes from. I have been an Equity member for all my career.

Until my recent resignation, I was an elected member of the National Performers. Committee (Npc) of the Equity division of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance trade union.

The Npc.s regular meetings, chaired by Equity President Simon Burke, are supposed to discuss .leading industrial and professional issues and the best course of action to take to ensure a strong and vibrant entertainment industry and a safe and fair workplace for performers.. As an ex-insider, I am not convinced that the Npc.s interpretation of .the best course of action. is necessarily in
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Pop Idol: Zoe Birkett, Rik Waller - where are they now?

We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...

Series One

Korben

Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...

Rik Waller

Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now!
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Towie's Lucy Mecklenburgh denies Celebrity Big Brother rumours

The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh has denied rumours that she is taking part in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Mecklenburgh had been the subject of speculation on Twitter, with followers wondering whether she would enter the famous Elstree house alongside her Towie co-star Sam Faiers, who is widely rumoured to be part of this year's lineup.

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The reality TV star confirmed in her New magazine column that she would not be taking part, but claimed she was unaware of Faiers's plans.

She wrote: "I've had a few tweets asking me if I'm going on Celebrity Big Brother with Sam Faiers.

"I can confirm that this isn't true. I don't know if Sam is going to be on the show, but I am definitely not."

The 22-year-old added that she would be more
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Celebrity Big Brother: Who is in the lineup? All the latest rumours

There's only one more day to go before we can all sit down in front of the telly and shout, 'Who's that?' and, 'Never heard of them!'. Yes, Celebrity Big Brother returns on Friday night (January 3) and a fresh batch of (so-called) celebrities are getting ready to head into the famous Elstree compound.

But who exactly will be heading in tomorrow evening? Reality Bites has looked at the most likely list from rumours online and here are the 12 people we suspect may be taking part.

Lee Ryan

The boyband quote machine ("If you go on the internet and type in 'Lee Ryan one-liners', I think I'm on par with Gandhi", "Margaret Thatcher would get it") has been linked to the show numerous times. According to various tabloids, this could finally be the year. All rise for Lee Ryan of Blue-shire.

Evander Holyfield

This year's big American
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Katie Price denies Celebrity Big Brother 2014 lineup rumours

Katie Price has denied that she is taking part in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother.

The star quashed rumours of her involvement in a Twitter post, and also criticised magazines for making people believe inaccurate stories.

Price wrote: "I am not doing big brother, this is my point when mags write storys (sic) that are not true I say there not true and people still believe it."

Former Apprentice star Katie Hopkins has also denied that she has signed up to enter the house, adding that she will appear on Big Brother's Bit on the Side on January 7.

Dappy, Ollie Locke, Alan Fletcher and Lee Ryan are among the stars linked with the new series.

Celebrity Big Brother begins tomorrow night (January 3) at 9pm on Channel 5.

Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time:

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Katie Hopkins denies Celebrity Big Brother rumours

Katie Hopkins has denied rumours that she will take part in Celebrity Big Brother.

The controversial social commentator has been linked with a spot in the lineup of the latest Channel 5 reality series in recent weeks.

However, she has confirmed that she will not appear in the show, while also taking the time to take potshots at fellow rumoured housemate Sam Faiers among others.

She wrote in her Yahoo column: "We are only days away from Celebrity Big Brother 2014. On January 3 the latest line-up of celebrities - or z-listers as we are more fondly known - are going to flounce into the house and fight like hell.

"Many people call it career suicide, but every man has his price. Start talking the cost of my children's school fees for life, and a few weeks living in a goldfish bowl with a bunch of egos starts to feel like a bargain.
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Alan Fletcher signs up for Celebrity Big Brother

'Neighbours' star Alan Fletcher is set to star in 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The 56-year-old actor, who plays Dr. Karl Kennedy in the Australian soap, has landed a six-figure deal to appear on the next series of the Channel 5 reality show, according to The Sun newspaper, Alan is expected to be popular with the British public because as well as his popular character in 'Neighbours', he has toured UK universities on several occasions with his band The Waiting Room. Alan's 'Neighbours' co-star Ryan Moloney, who plays Toadfish in the soap, was in the show last year and proved popular with viewers
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How we made Neighbours

'It has always been heavily censored. When the show started, we weren't even allowed to say the word toilet'

Stefan Dennis, actor

I learned what my character, Paul Robinson, was like right away: in one of the earliest episodes, I was dumped on my Ramsay Street doorstep in a nappy, bonnet and bib, incredibly drunk, after a bachelor party in true Aussie-bloke style. My screen-dad Jim Robinson had to pick me up off the ground.

That was back in 1985. In those days, Australian soaps didn't have a great record for longevity: no one expected Neighbours to last more than six months. I was in the original cast – before Kylie, Jason, Madge and Harold.Most of the very first episode was a night shoot for Danny's nightmare scene involving the entire cast, so we were shooting in water at 2am every night, really cold. Danny's nightmare was about Shane who was a high-diver.
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