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James Martin

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  • Birthday 09/22/1984

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    Radox... oh THAT soap? Home & Away!

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  1. Happy escapism, please! Beautiful people, Bikinis and Speedos on a sun-drenched beach. With foreign holidays off the table for much of the international audience again this year, and SO MUCH doom and gloom in the world, this is a real opportunity for Home and Away to absolutely nail a massive gap in the market. They've decided not to write Covid into the Summer Bay universe so they really need to nail their colours to that mast, and really create a beautiful immersive perfect world where hugging isn't lethal that we can all get hooked on.
  2. I get why they decided not to write it in, but what's also important to remember is that it's significantly less of a big deal in Australia now. The country is virtually Covid-free thanks to the strict hotel quarantine regimes (hence Andy Murray's decision to not compete in the Open) and quick decision making on the initial lockdowns. Likewise, even if it had been able to host an international audience, Australian fans would not be allowed to travel to Holland this year for Eurovision (I've been to the last two and you would not believe how many Aussie fans make the trip!) Not that I'm
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  5. Yeah, productions here look very false right now. That said, the UK's approach generally has had very little logic.
  6. How are they getting away with physical contact, or is that allowed under Aussie production guidelines?
  7. The Hayley recast was just weird. The girl who took over was great, don't get me wrong, but it was done too quickly for it to be remotely believable.
  8. The British soaps which are more gritty and real I get, but Home and Away is supposed to be more escapist, so to be honest I think not bringing Covid into the Summer Bay universe is a good call. From what I hear, international travel in and out of Oz is off until 2022.
  9. Has post-COVID filmed material made it to air yet, either in Oz or here? I know there was an extremely large amount of material in the can before March.
  10. Given C5 were rationing episodes for a while, and Australia has only taken a fortnight off (which they would have done for the Olympics anyway) that's quite a catchup. Depends on what Oz are doing. Given that I assume there isn't going to be a fat lot to do with events largely cancelled and travel heavily restricted (can you fly interstate?) one could imagine that Seven may well keep the show on air right through the Summer.
  11. That was quite something for a daytime show - only certain parts of the country had it go out at 6pm, elsewhere it was 5:10pm. (Bit of a hangover from the scheduling of the original Crossroads in the 80s, where it went either before or after the evening news.) ITV censorship is alive and well in the ITV3 Emmerdale repeats, some bizarre cuts going on there such as Chris Tate* referring to himself as a cripple. *for Aussie/NZ fans: Chris was a character rendered permanently paraplegic following a plane crash and becoming very bitter and twisted in the process.
  12. In terms of a single year, hard to say. Probably 2003. The second half of 2004 and the first half of 2008 were particularly strong. Both of those eras took a very "back to basics" approach. First half of 2005 was good, however I felt the show changed too much after that, and especially so into 2006 - the barn explosion and helicopter crash were the real turning points IMHO, that's also when the titles got scrapped and I think that marked a real sea-change in the style of the show. It lost the escapist, sunshiney vibe which I think was such a huge draw, particularly to British
  13. I believe the show was due an Olympic break but instead Seven took the two week break for extended coverage of the Pandemic, probably wagering on the fact that the Olympics were, by that point, very unlikely to go ahead anyway. This does mean, however, that given how far ahead the show works Australian viewers should very soon see an Olympic cliffhanger that isn't...
  14. I noticed some publicity shots taken at the airport as part of recent episodes showed Christmas decorations. That means we're still a good 2 months plus before we hit post-Covid production.
  15. Why did C5 pull Neighbours back, given Australia didn't need to ration episodes? For Home and Away it made sense as it got pulled in Oz at the start of the Pandemic.
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