Exclusive: Neighbours to get darker in new online spinoff

Daniel Kilkelly
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From Digital Spy

Neighbours star Olivia Junkeer has revealed that the show's new online spinoff will have a "darker" and "grittier" tone.

Show bosses have announced that Ramsay Street's teens will soon be taking centre stage in a five-part drama called Erinsborough High, revolving around the dramas at the local school.

Channel 5 has commissioned the project for its on-demand service My5. It will also be available to watch for Australian fans on 10 Play.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Olivia – who plays Yashvi Rebecchi – explained: "Erinsborough High is very, very different from the main show. It's darker, the sets are grungier, and there are a lot of differences with the scripts, camera and lighting. There's even swearing in it!

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"It does connect to Neighbours and follows the same storylines. Yashvi still has the exact same mindset that she does in the main show, so whatever she's experiencing in Neighbours will still be relevant in Erinsborough High.

"But you'll also see Yashvi grow into a woman. The storylines are grittier, darker and more sinister."

Olivia also highlighted show newcomer Hendrix Greyson (Benny Turland) as one to watch in the spinoff.

She said: "You see a real big change in Yashvi's character and Hendrix's character. They're the main people from Neighbours that are in it.

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"Erinsborough High shows the ups and downs of high school and being a teenager in the best way. I think it really relates well to teenagers now.

"It dives into social media, relationships between girls and boys, girls and girls, boys and boys. It shows every side to being a teenager and it's excellent. I really do recommend that everyone watches it."

Erinsborough High will launch in November.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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