Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite

Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce & Margot Robbie all pay tribute to three decades of Aussie soap.


TEN has confirmed its airdate for the special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite as 7:30pm Monday March 16th.

The special brings back some of the biggest names to have ever appeared on the show, most of whom owe their career launches to the iconic soap: Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson), Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson), Guy Pearce (Mike Young), Margot Robbie (Donna Freedman), Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker), Ashleigh Brewer (Kate Ramsay), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels) and Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay).

Neighbours officially turns 30 on March 18th, three decades after it first launched on Seven (it aired on TEN from January 1986). As one of only three shows in the Logies Hall of Fame, it remains Australia’s longest running drama series.

Meanwhile FremantleMedia Australia and the Australian Writers Guild are calling for all writers who have worked on the programme to list themselves on an ‘honour roll.’ Please send your full name and year/s you have written for Neighbours to [email protected]

Hosted by Stefan Dennis and Tim Phillipps, Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite will feature interviews with cast, past and present, as they reflect on their time on the show, share personal anecdotes and consider what Neighbours has meant to their careers.

Current Neighbours cast including Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy), Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy), Ryan Moloney (Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi), Tom Oliver (Lou Carpenter), Scott McGregor (Mark Brennan) and Olympia Valance (Paige Smith) reveal some of their most embarrassing moments on set and fondly look back on the show’s most iconic and memorable storylines.

The actors responsible for creating some of Neighbours’ most loved characters – including Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop), Terence Donovan (Doug Willis), Annie Jones (Jane Harris), Lucinda Cowden (Melanie Pearson), Paul Keane (Des Clarke) and Mark Little (Joe Mangel) – relive moments that have left an indelible mark on Neighbours’ 30-year history.

The top five favourite Neighbours moments, as voted by the show’s fans, will also be revealed.


17 Responses

  1. 3O years wow such a long time and all the best for another thirty.Was too young to watch it from the beginning but got into it from about the Lucinda Cowden and Mark Little amongst others era onwards.

  2. So glad they are putting this on the main channel. And it will be interesting to see which former stars don’t appear on the special. I recall reading some scathing stuff from some former Neighbours stars -Alan Dale has been the most damning.

    And will Natalie Imbruglia or Holly Valance appear? Both these women wouldn’t have had Number 1 singles if it wasn’t for the Neighbours.

    And even though he had a small role as a handicapped guy in a wheelchair – will Liam Hemsworth make an appearance? Since MKR milked the cousin’s appearance for all it’s worth surely Neighbours could have convinced Liam to say a hello for the show?

    Hopefully the show will make a dent on the mega-ratings the rotten MKR is getting.

  3. Neighbours, such a huge part of our television history. I believe someone once said everyone who works in Australian film and TV is in some way connected to this show, either having worked directly on the production, been trained by someone who has or has some other direct or indirect connection. I’d love to hear some stories from people behind the scenes, there are bound to be as many great careers launched from behind the camera.

    1. I was an extra on the show in the 90s and always found most of the cast friendly and approachable. Amoungst the most down to earth and freindly were Alan Fletcher, Daniel McPherson and Brian Mannix who played Laurens boyfriend in a guest role in the mid 90s.

  4. I haven’t watched the show since the ’90s but I’ll happily watch this special. Neighbours was such an important part of my childhood and it’ll be great to hear from the likes of Mark Little, Jane Harris and Anne Charleston again.

    1. Same here, i haven’t watched it in years but glad i witnessed the start of what would become an Aussie institution back in the good old days with Kylie & Jason etc. And i think you meant Annie Jones 😉

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