The Australian serial NEIGHBOURS is set to finish production in June 2022, and fans are ecstatic.
Since its debut in 1985, the show has provided a steady stream of television drama, ranging from famous weddings to amnesic characters and wicked doppelgangers.
1. Charlene and Scott’s wedding (1987)
Charlene and Scott, played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, became one of the show’s power couples.
In 1986, Charlene made her acting debut in Erinsborough, where she met Scott not long after.
Their nuptials were seen by more than two million Australian fans a year after they initially met on television.
The ceremony was broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1988, attracting an additional 20 million people, making it one of the most-watched television events of the decade.
Kylie decided it was time to focus more on her music career and departed the show in mid-1988.
As mechanic Charlene went for Brisbane in July of that year, her parting moments aired.
Scott soon caught up with her, and the two protagonists fled Ramsay Street, never to return – at least for the time being.
2. Harold Bishop’s return (1996)
After almost ten years on Neighbours, actor Ian Smith was driven out of the cast due to contract issues.
Harold abandoned his wife Madge and went missing at sea.
Because his body was never located, as was the case with his political namesake, former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, the worst was assumed.
Harold was never truly dead on-screen, as viewers and his family discovered in 1996 when he reappeared.
After developing amnesia and being picked up by a random boat five years after his abduction, Harold believed he was a man named Ted.
With Madge’s guidance, he was able to regain his memory.
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3. Madge dies and her ghost comes for Harold (2001)
Despite the tragedy of the situation, Neighbours fans were happy to see the couple together before Madge died.
The journalist and former secretary, played by Anne Charleston, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and quickly developed septicaemia.
In heartbreaking circumstances, she died in her bed with Harold by her side, but that wasn’t the end.
Harold would be helped by Madge’s ghost as he navigated through difficult circumstances.
Harold eventually moved to Port Douglas from Erinsborough and has returned to Ramsay Street on several occasions.
It has already been established that he will return for the final episodes of Neighbours.
4. Susan loses her memory (2002)
Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) was one of the many sufferers of amnesia in Erinsborough.
The Erinsborough High School teacher stumbled on an inverted cereal bowl, sustaining a head injury and losing 30 years of memory as a result of the fall.
This, of course, included her life with on-again, off-again husband Karl (Alan Fletcher), and she pretended to be 16 again despite the fact that she was 45 years old.
Susan had to attend a 70s-themed party before she could regain her memories, which resulted in some of the most perplexing (yet amusing) events in Neighbours history.
5. Dave and Aaron’s wedding (2018)
Despite the fact that many marriages after Charlene and Scott’s ceremony ended in sorrow, Dave and Aaron’s wedding provided everyone with a reason to rejoice.
The wedding was broadcast on Australian television shortly after same-sex marriage was made legal in Australia, and it was the first same-sex wedding ever broadcast on Australian television.
In a touching homage to the on-screen romance, David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) and Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson) married as Kylie and Jason’s duet Especially for You played.
Since then, the couple has remained together.
6. Dee’s doppelganger (2017)
Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney) was convinced he had found the love of his life when he married Dee Bliss in 2003.
Is there a happy ending? Toadie drove his car off a cliff while kissing his new bride, and she likely perished as a result.
Dee (Madeleine West) resurfaced in Erinsborough in 2017, revealing Toadie she was pregnant when she went missing, and gave birth to their daughter Willow, in classic Neighbours tradition.
Is this the end of the storey? Again, not at all, because the woman was eventually shown to be Andrea Somers, a Dee doppelganger (also played by Madeleine West).
Two years later, the real Dee reappeared from the dead, revealing that Dee and Andrea were twins who had been separated at birth.
7. Bouncer has a barking mad dream (1990)
In the midst of all the stress, another figure provided some much-needed levity.
Bouncer, a Labrador puppy, was gifted to Lucy Robinson and first appeared in Ramsay Street in 1987.
Mrs Mangel took in the puppy after it bounced around from owner to owner (Vivean Gray).
Bouncer thought he was getting married to Rosie, the Border Collie who lived next door, in one of Neighbours’ most famous dreams.
Bouncer eventually left Erinsborough for the countryside, where he married and had a child.