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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. 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.
  2. 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 viewers.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It's not as bad as it was - the UK was over a year behind at one point.
  7. Are Seven really going at the pace of six a week? They're surely going to run out at some point?
  8. The UK has a massive obsession with what we term "social distancing" at the moment - basically you can't go within 2m of anyone else. Is that a thing in Australia, although from what I understand NSW at least is in lockdown?
  9. This is true. Emmerdale was hugely under threat before Yorkshire Television really started to invest in it in the 90s and become the second soap, a role Crossroads had vacated in the late 80s. Neighbours has always had the UK market to fall back on, but in Australia it's not a big deal at all from what I can gather. Viewing patterns in all markets will be all over the place, it's been mentioned elsewhere the evening showing in the UK was performing very badly and one wonders if it will come back post-Pandemic. I would imagine Seven will need to ration episodes at some point, but showing four a week does mean they will have a decent stockpile. The fortnight break will have also helped, although that's offset by there being no Olympics.
  10. Still lunchtime only though, whereas Neighbours gets an evening showing. I know Neighbours is more important to them but still.
  11. The other thing they could do is put Home and Away out at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now that Emmerdale isn't in that slot it might rate fairly well.
  12. Also - I note Neighbours is still getting its evening showing, why them and not Home and Away? Would make more sense to run one show Monday & Wednesday and another Tuesday & Thursday.
  13. Don't get the move to lunchtime only - the first time ever in the UK I think, save for the odd one-off - bank holidays, football etc. I suppose catchup means people will seek it out that way.
  14. Just confirmed - Monday and Friday for both H&A and Neighbours from Monday. No word from Seven yet.
  15. So I've acquired a copy of the 7" of the theme tune released in the UK in 1989. It's got this on the B side... Any ideas what this was? Was it intended as an alternative pitch for the theme tune? I'm really intrigued as to the history behind it!
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