Neighbours is returning today and the new season has teased a medley of love, laughter and surprises. Neighbours premieres at 4:30 pm on 10 and 10 Play and 6:30 pm on 10 Peach.
The lives, loves and challenges of the residents of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne – will pick up two years after the finale in 2022.
Neighbours has run for over three decades and helped launch the careers of many household names such as Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, and Russell Crowe.
The new season will see never-before-seen families move into two new homes while much-loved favourites from Neighbours’ storied past will also return, including actors Mischa Barton and Guy Pearce.
Stefan Dennis, who plays Paul Robinson, said: “It’s been an epic journey over the past four decades and now, because of unprecedented demand, the journey kicks off again.
“It’s like the old Wild West, we’re exploring new frontiers both on screen as well as geographically, with our leap across the Pacific. The great news to both the old school cast and fans alike is that we are coming home to 10 in Australia. That’s nostalgic to me in particular because for me, that’s where the phenomenon started back in ‘86”.
To celebrate the premiere of the new chapter of Neighbours, 10 is also bringing all episodes from February 2020 to July 2022 to 10 Play from tomorrow in a dedicated home called ‘Neighbours Classics’.
This week, Mediaweek sat down with Rick Maier, head of drama & executive production, Paramount ANZ and Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ executive producer to discuss the new season and how the show’s content has evolved over three decades to stand out as fresh and exciting.
MW: Neighbours has run for more than three decades, from the very first season to the brand-new season, how has the show’s content evolved?
RM: All dramas change over time and respond to the way we see the world. Neighbours has been arguably one of the more progressive dramas in the last ten years. Whilst Neighbours has never been issue-based, the team have always been mindful of current trends and shifts in thinking. We’re all very proud of that progression.
The series will launch on Prime Video Australia and New Zealand on Monday, 25 September. This will follow the series premiere on Amazon Freevee and Network 10 on Monday 18 September.
The series is produced by Fremantle Australia.
Neighbours premieres Monday, September 18 at 4:30 pm on 10 and 6:30 pm on 10 Peach and 10 Play.
Top image: Alan Fletcher, Annie Jones and Ian Smith