We might be in lockdown, but life continues on sun-kissed Ramsay Street.
The residents have had more than just coronavirus to worry about this past week, as the Aussie soap celebrated its 35th anniversary in suitably dramatic style.
A host of former characters returned to the show for five weddings taking place in Erinsborough, while a five-part late-night special, Neighbours: Endgame, promised three deaths as evil Finn Kelly went on a rampage at a glamping holiday.
Living up to its tag of the most dangerous cul-de-sac in the world, there’s been bombs, deadly snakes and all sorts to deal with in the special episodes.
To mark the big anniversary, Neighbours has produced its first podcast.
While there have been a wealth of fan-run podcasts up until now, Ramsay Beat’s official status offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access and a wealth of interviews with cast and crew. The show’s executive producer, Jason Herbison, and producer Natalie Lynch spill the beans on how the show comes to life, from dreaming up the often surreal storylines to their favourite days on set.
In the writing room, the story editor and script producer give insight into their process, while fan favourite Scott Major, who played Lucas, chats about making the transition from actor to directing some of the series’ biggest episodes of recent years.
And stars like Jackie Woodbourne (Susan), Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl), Stefan Dennis (Paul), Jodi Anasta (Elly) and Jemma Donovan (Harlow) talk about life in the world’s favourite Aussie drama.
It’s a light-hearted look behind the curtain, perfect for Ramsay Street fanatics, casual viewers and lapsed fans looking to catch up on all the goss from Erinsborough as the soap looks ahead to the future after celebrating its past.
Ramsay Beat (Apple Podcasts, Spotify)
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