Neighbours: The 10 most memorable moments

Ramsay Street's key moments ahead of the show's return

'That's when good Neighbours become good friends'. (Channel 5)
'That's when good Neighbours become good friends'. (Channel 5)

Neighbours has been a TV staple since 1985 and after a brief brush with cancellation in 2022, we'll soon be able to return to Ramsay Street for a new series on Amazon Freevee.

For 37 years, it’s been the perfect blend of relationship heartache, shock cliffhangers and wild melodrama. However, when Channel 5 screened what was billed as the show's very last episode we thought the series was gone for good.

Thankfully, that wasn't to be.

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So, to celebrate Neighbours' return to telly, here are 10 of the most memorable Erinsborough moments from down the decades:

Scott and Charlene’s wedding (1988)

Their wedding episode was watched by nearly 20 million viewers (Credit: Neighbours/Grundy Television)
Their wedding episode was watched by nearly 20 million viewers (Neighbours/Grundy Television)

These were the famous nuptials that sent Neighbours’s popularity into the stratosphere. An audience of two million Australians saw a mullet-haired Scott marry mechanic bride Charlene. But when the ceremony was screened a year later in the UK, a whopping 20 million tuned in.

Incidentally, one of the unexpected beneficiaries turned out to be singer Angry Anderson, whose power ballad Suddenly went to No 3 in the UK singles chart after being heard on the episode’s soundtrack.

The finale (2022)

Neighbours (C5/Fremantle Media)
Neighbours (C5/Fremantle Media)

Soaps are, by their nature, never-ending stories but with the axe having fallen (temporarily at least), Neighbours was able to do what its rivals can’t and end their long-running tale.

The finale's biggest trick was appealing to both lapsed viewers and diehard fans, however the sight of breakout stars Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan making a momentous returns to Ramsay Street was surely a sequence to savour.

Plain Jane Superbrain’s makeover (1986)

Guy Pearce in his soapland days. (Neighbours)
Neighbours star Annie Jones as Jane Harris, Guy Pearce as Mike Young. (Fremantle)

The early years of Neighbours delivered a classic Cinderella moment as timid Jane Harris (Annie Jones) abandoned her owlish specs and dreary clothes in order to capture the heart of local boy Mike Young.

Since then, Harris has left the show only to return for cameo appearances and longer stints. She will also appear permanately in the series' latest outing on Amazon Freevee.

The 'Fake Dee' scam (2017)

Madeleine West as Dee Bliss kissing Mark Raffety as Darcy Tyler in Neighbours (Fremantle Media/Shutterstock)
Madeleine West as Dee Bliss kissing Mark Raffety as Darcy Tyler in Neighbours (Fremantle Media/Shutterstock) (Fremantle Media/Shutterstock)

Comebacks have always been a reliable ratings puller, but few were as surprising as the miraculous resurrection of Dee (Madeleine West), who was long-believed dead after plunging off a cliff and into the sea. Toadie was left open-mouthed with shock when she returned but was then crushed when it turned out that Dee was a con artist lookalike called Andrea Somers.

Thankfully, the Real Dee (as opposed to this Fake Dee) did eventually resurface.

Harold’s amnesia (1996)

Madge was left howling in anguish when husband Harold (Ian Smith) was swept out to sea during a coastal trip in 1991. But this wasn’t to be the last we’d see of old Jelly Belly (as Lou Carpenter cruelly labelled him).

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Five years later, he was back – though with amnesia, and going by the name of Ted. As it turned out, he’d been picked up by a trawler and had started a new life with the Salvation Army.

The fall of Paul (2010)

Studio portrait of actor and singer Stefan Dennis, then playing the character of Paul Robinson in Australian TV soap opera 'Neighbours', United Kingdom, circa 1988. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson, circa 1988. (Getty Images) (Tim Roney via Getty Images)

JR Ewing’s shooting on Dallas became a global talking point at the start of the 1980s, and realising that they had a similarly villainous figure on their hands in the form of Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis), the Neighbours writers decided to launch their own whodunnit.

So, “Who Shot JR?” became “Who Pushed PR?” for the soap's 6000th episode as evildoer Paul was shoved from the Lassiter’s Hotel mezzanine. For those who don’t recall, Rebecca Robinson was eventually unmasked as the one responsible.

Susan KO’s Karl (1998)

Quite frankly, it’s a wonder actor Alan Fletcher’s ears aren’t still ringing 20 years on from co-star Jackie Woodburne’s well-aimed blow. After all, it’s become one of the show’s most explosive ever showdowns. We’re talking, of course, of the moment where poor Susan Kennedy discovered that her husband Dr Karl had been getting more than just dictation help from secretary Sarah Beaumont and walloped him across the chops.

Double Libby (2008)

How to get around the sudden illness of a key cast member? It was a problem faced by Neighbours bosses when Kym Valentine went down with pneumonia. Their solution? To employ Michala Banas for a five-week period to portray Libby Kennedy. And once Valentine returned to full health, she returned in spectacularly inventive style.

Libby (as played by Banas) was seen getting involved in a rafting accident and submerging beneath the waves – only to then emerge, with Valentine back in the role!

David and Aaron’s wedding (2018)

A loved-up David Tanaka and Aaron Brennon took part in a landmark event when they tied the knot in the first same-sex marriage shown on an Australian TV show. Same-sex nuptials were legalised in Australia in December 2017, and the two soap stalwarts said “I do” just six months later, with the ceremony officiated by actress and LGBTQ+ rights activist Magda Szubanski, who played celebrant Jemima.

Bouncer’s Dream (1990)

Let’s face it, no countdown would be complete without the most notorious scene ever witnessed on the Aussie soap. It was later reported that actress Anne Charleston (aka Madge) had felt that, as a result of its broadcast, Neighbours had been “reduced to a three-year-old’s programme” and that the cast at the time had been “mortified”.

We refer, of course, to Bouncer’s dream that he was marrying fellow pooch Rosie — something that left all fans wondering whether they themselves had been fantasising.

Neighbours airs on Amazon Freevee from Monday, 18 September.