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  1. Nelson came into the show just as his cousin Damien was about to leave. He was another nice but vaguely hapless member of the Roberts family. In his time on the show, he went out with Selina and Sally and went to Summer Bay High. He later sustained severe burns after saving Jack from a burning car and was written out. Did the program makers ever intend for him to be regular or did he get written out because the show was on the cusp of becoming quite different?
  2. I wonder how much was left over from the sale of Michael's boat shed? Especially as they'd ended up having to foot the bill for Haydn's gambling debts.
  3. I never thought of Alf and Ailsa as being old or elderly . Mature is the word I'm searching for here. They always seemed to be that bit older than the Fletchers/Rosses. Especially once we got Pippa & Michael who seemed that bit younger. There's an age gap of 12 or 13 years between Judy Nunn and Debra Lawrance and maybe that started to show. We're also getting into the years where Judy Nunn had got more serious about her writing and maybe it suited everyone better to have Irene pick up the slack.
  4. Ah, I must have missed the stove. Did we ever see them cooking the fries?
  5. Probably in the same mystery part of the kitchen where they cook the hamburgers and fries.
  6. Agreed. Andrew and Stacey would have made for a fun odd couple. The way she was written out was pretty poor I thought. It had a feel of a situation where the writers were told to wrap up a character's storyline as soon as possible and get them out the door. Andrew didn't have much purpose after that either. In hindsight, he was obviously just filler until Grant Mitchell arrived.
  7. His son is Greg Haddrick who used to write for H&A. I never made the connection between the pair, despite the unusual surname.
  8. He wouldn't necessarily have to get back with Roo, just shake things up a bit. But yes, you are right. The majority of old faces who return to soaps either stick out like a store thumb or have their characters destroyed by the writers.
  9. Interesting thought. We shall never know. I wonder did the powers that be ever ask Alex to come back for a longer spell/permanently? He was the show's original hunk and never lost his good looks. He'd still be an interesting addition because of what happened between him and Roo back in the day.
  10. I have my doubts about Ross's sexuality coming against him for that Lord of the Rings part. Sean Astin was probably always going to get it. His acting career never really set the world on fire but he was still a bigger name. And for viewers of a certain age, they'll remember him from The Goonies and as a minor teen idol. And if you applied that logic, would Ian McKellen have got the role as Gandalf? As to why he's not getting steady work, I honestly don't know. The acting profession has plenty of openly gay actors, directors etc. It could be down to homophobia or maybe just sheer bad luck. I never saw Ross in anything other than Home and Away so I can't comment on what his other acting work is like. Greg isn't a character who will have done him any favours as an actor. Apart from that lack of chemistry with Nicolle, Greg was a forgettable character. He wasn't one of the show's hunks (though looking at those photos, Ross has aged rather nicely). And as quite a few of the show's former actors have discovered, being in H&A is no guarantee of anything in the future. Times have changed quite a bit though. One of the BBC's biggest hits last year was Fleabag, in which the openly gay actor Andrew Scott played a straight romantic lead.
  11. Yes, that's what I meant by "occasional appearances". The Harry Potter play is only on in Melbourne, in a theatre that has been especially converted for that purpose. The plan is that the play will run there for years to come. If you look at the website for the tickets, you'll see that the play runs twice a day, five days a week https://harrypotter.ticketmaster.com.au/both-consecutive/calendar/2020/01 We don't know how long Debra will stay with this production but for someone like her, it's ideal. It's a popular play, a steady job and is within driving distance of her home. I occasionally look at her Instagram account and it would appear that on her days off, she sometimes works at her "other job" which is doing voice coaching for women. So she no more needs Home and Away than a fish needs a bicycle. If she was to return to acting in soaps to any extent, my money is on more appearances in Neighbours.
  12. Bringing back old characters rarely works anyway. They're fine if they just show up for an event (wedding/party/funeral) but they rarely sit well within the wider show. It was obvious even at the time that bringing Alex Papps back for a handful of episodes was merely a gimmick and that he'd soon be gone again. So really, unless you cared whether Bobby married Greg or not, there wasn't much to raise the pulses here. It didn't help that in his absence, Pippa had had her head change and we were expected to believe that DebPip had been Frank's foster mum all along. Maybe the whole point of the storyline was for Bobby and Frank to draw a line permanently under their relationship. She was going to settle and marry Greg (I never liked them as a couple) and Frank proved that he was no knight in white armour.
  13. Where would she find the time? If you look at the schedule for that Harry Potter play she's appearing in, it's quite gruelling. I assume she's filming her occasional appearances on Neighbours on her days off.
  14. I wonder will we be lucky enough to get them on Amazon Prime in time?
  15. Agreed. Michael was clearly brought in as a replacement for Tom. Maybe in time the producers would have brought in the boat shed/boat shed owner anyway. It was a nice addition to Summer Bay. I wonder why did they stop using it as a location? I wonder did the actors who played Tom/Michael/Pippa ever meet in real life? The two Pippas have but I don't know about any of the others.
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