Neighbours

Series about the ups and downs of life in an Australian middle-class cul-de-sac in the fictional town of Erinsborough. The series was first a flop on the Australian network but the producer persevered and sold it to BBC1. It was first scheduled for the 10am and 1.30pm slots but on the advice of his school age daughter, BBC1 controller Michael Grade moved the earlier showing to a 5.35pm slot where it captured the child and housewife audience. Probably the biggest story line the programme has ever produced was the wedding of Kylie and Jason, which was flaunted in the tabloids and helped launch both young stars to pop success. Other story lines revolve around the Coffee Shop, Lassiters Hotel and of course their cul-de-sac Ramsay Street named after the one of the most prominent families.

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