Robert Hampton

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27th April 2007

Posted by at 10.28pm | 3 responses | Television


Long-running Australian soap Neighbours could be dropped by the BBC following protracted negotiations over broadcasting rights.

This would be a disaster for British television. I like Neighbours, mainly because, unlike the UK soaps, the storylines are never boring and move along at a fair old clip. Stingray an alcoholic? Only for six weeks! Bree a published novelist? No-one mentions that any more! Toadie shot in the back and nearly killed? He’s fine now!

More than anything else, the Neighbours doesn’t take itself too seriously (compare the dreadfully miserable and po-faced EastEnders). The absolute highlight at the moment is the current storyline about Karl and his chicken, Springsteen, which came to a hilarious conclusion on BBC One earlier today, complete with an emotionally-charged flashback scene and everything!

The opening titles say it best: Everybody needs good Neighbours. Except they don’t use that bit in the opening titles any more. But they should!

(by the way, there are no spoilers for UK viewers in the clip above, but if you click through to the YouTube page itself, there are spoilers a-plenty. You have been warned)

3 Responses
  1. Comment by James
    29th April 2007 at 2:52 am

    Pfft, the theme tune has gone to shit.

  2. Comment by Robert
    29th April 2007 at 11:06 pm

    You blogging now, are you? <FX: goes to check>

    Ah, complicated computer stuff. I will pretend to understand it, lest my reputation as a computer geek be tarnished!

  3. Comment by James
    29th April 2007 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve been keeping various online journals since before you left merchant’s. But that’s the geeky one, yeah.