Neighbours will air Australian television’s first ever gay wedding, it has been revealed.
Fans had been speculating for a while whether characters Aaron and David would even get back together – and now, it seems, they’re about to go a step further and tie the knot.
After David proposed to Aaron, only for him to turn it down, the second time around went perfectly, with the pair set to get hitched in a landmark television event for Australia.
Not only will this be the soap’s first gay wedding in its 32-year existence, it’ll go down in history as the first gay wedding to be shown on Australian TV, after gay marriage was legalised in 2017.
Stills of the big day have been released ahead of the episode’s broadcast and show the couple being married by Australian actress and LGBT rights activist Magda Szubanski.
Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, said: ‘We are both ecstatic to be part of this huge moment in Australian television and it stands alone as the highlight of my career.
‘This storyline means a lot to me, to my friends and to all the fans we hear from on a daily basis here and in the UK who love Aaron and David.’
Alan Fletcher, who plays the legendary Doctor Karl Kennedy, was happy about the news, saying: ‘So privileged and proud to be part of @Neighbours same sex wedding ceremony for #david and #aaron today. Very moving ceremony made even more special with the addition of @magda_szubanski to the cast. #historicalday #oztvfirst @takayah@mattywilson’.
Actor Takaya Honda previously hinted at the wedding: ‘It is Neighbours so anything can happen!’ he teased.
‘But if it were I think David is not one, especially after all that’s happened, to rush in to things. We’ll take it one step at a time now and get them back together! And we’ll go for there.’
The programme’s executive producer, Jason Herbison, said: ‘This is a story that we have been working on for a long time, and during that time, our country was trapped in a divisive referendum. Would our story about love and equality even be legal by the time it aired? Thankfully love won and we’re very excited for viewers to see this iconic moment come to life on screen.’
The episode is expected to air this September, so while fans have a little while to wait they can rest assured that it is set to happen and LGBT history is on its way to being made.
Catch Neighbours each weekdays, at 1.45pm, on Channel 5.