Neighbours is a show which is broadcast on Channel Eleven in Australia but sold overseas. It was first screened in Australia on the 18th March 1985 and 7300 episodes have been made since. In the UK it was first shown on the 27th October 1986.
As of August 2016, the show is over 31 years old. Lets hope it can carry on for another 31 years. Paul Robinson using a zimmer frame? There's a thought.
Below is a brief synopsis of the different eras of the show from 1985 to 2016, and counting.
In March 1985, the show featured 3 main families, the Ramsays, Robinsons and Clarkes. Max Ramsay and Maria Ramsay, thier children Shane Ramsay and Danny Ramsay of No 24 Ramsay Street. The Robinsons of No 26 Ramsay Street features widower Jim Robinson, his grown up son Paul Robinson, grown up daughter Julie Robinson, teenage son Scott Robinson and 10 year old Lucy Robinson. The lady of the house was Helen Daniels, Jim's mother in law, and grandmother to his children. Also, their neighbour Des Clarke of No 28 Ramsay Street. The show also featured stripper Daphne Lawrence and Des' mother Eileen Clarke, who made sporadic appearances from April 1985.
The main focal point of the show was indeed Ramsay Street but a lot of the characters were seen working away from Ramsay Street or going to an eatery nearby for evening meals.
The first original character to leave was Maria Ramsay, just 6 months into the shows run. In November 1985, Danny found that he was not Max's real son but Max always said Danny is his son in every way but blood.
1986-1989 (The Scott And Charlene Years)Edit
The start of 1986 marked a new era for the show, which was still less than a year old. Not only did Neighbours move from being shown on Channel Seven to Channel Ten, several new faces were introduced in January 1986, when the 1986 season begun. These were Mike Young, Madge Bishop (then Mitchell), Clive Gibbons and Zoe Davis.
Also the format of the show from the start of the 1986 season onwards was changed somewhat while being a continuation of the 1985 season. More younger characters were introduced, location filming was significantly reduced to Pin Oak Court which dubbed as Ramsay Street, and the backlot which dubbed as The Lassiters Complex, and roles of guest characters was reduced and of course, The Lassiters Complex was introduced into the show.
In February 1986, Scott Robinson returned, but played by Jason Donovan, who was to be more well known for the role as opposed to the previous actor, Darius Perkins. In April 1986, Charlene Mitchell arrived and her and Scott begun dating. They married the following year. When the wedding episode broadcast in the UK, 20 million people watched it.
1986 saw the exit of Max Ramsay and Danny Ramsay and Mrs Mangel's arrival. 1987 saw the arrival of Harold Bishop and Henry Ramsay. And of course Scott and Charlene got wed this year. Other arrivals was Gail Lewis and her father Rob Lewis and departures in 1987 was Clive Gibbons and Shane Ramsay.
1988 saw the arrival of Todd Landers, Katie Landers and their aunty Beverley Marshall plus Sharon Davies and her sister Bronwyn Davies. Daphne Clarke died this year and Mrs Mangel left for England, much to the relief of many Ramsay Street residents.
In July 1988 Charlene moved to Brisbane and Scott followed the following May. This ended the Scott and Charlene era, an era that would never, ever be forgotten.
Mike Young left in late 1989 and Clive Gibbons returned for a few weeks.
1990 saw the introduction of a new family, the Willises, which consisted of Doug Willis, Pam Willis and their children Adam Willis, Gaby Willis, Brad Willis and Cody Willis, as well as the Alessi twins, Christina Alessi and Caroline Alessi and Dorothy Burke. Des Clarke left this year.
In 1991, Harold Bishop was washed out to sea, presumed drowned.
There was several comings and goings over the next few years. 1992 saw the return of Phil and Julie Martin, Phil's daughter Debbie Martin, son Michael Martin and Phil and Julie's daughter Hannah Martin. The Alessi family arrived that year and Lou Carpenter returned for good. Madge Bishop left in 1992 and Paul Robinson left in 1992 but returned briefly in 1993 for his gran Helen's birthday. 1993 saw the departure of another original character, Jim Robinson, when he died of a heart attack.
1994 saw the Willis family leave and the death of Julie Martin, and new arrivals was the Kennedys which consisted of Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy and their children Malcolm Kennedy, Libby Kennedy and Billy Kennedy. January 1995 saw Toadfish Rebecchi (Jarod Rebecchi) and his family arrive.
Helen Daniels was plagued with ill health in 1997 and passed away at home that October, surrounded by her family.
By the end of 1997, there was no original characters left in the show.
1998 was a year where the Kennedy, Wilkinson and Martin family were the main families. 1998 was the first full year in the shows history where there was no original characters left after the death of Helen Daniels the previous October.
The Scullys dominated 2000.
At the end of 2004, an original character returned, ending a 7 year period of no original characters left in the show. This character was the one and only Paul Robinson.
2005-2007 (The Fun Bus Era)Edit
This era of the show is nicknamed "The Fun Bus Era" by viewers.