Neighbours is off TV over Christmas (but continues on Facebook!)

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In a first for fans, Neighbours is continuing to broadcast over the Christmas period, in a series of 25 1-2 minute special webisodes

Neighbours fans who are missing a fix of their favourite Aussie soap over Christmas can rest easy – the show will continue with a series of daily 1-2 minute webisodes on its UK Facebook page.

For the first time ever, viewers will be able to follow Neighbours storylines during the Christmas break, with an extra special treat on Christmas Day when Sheila Canning (Collette Mann) – Ramsay Street’s very own matriarch – will address the Nation.

In a first ever for Neighbours, fans will get to experience a Ramsay Street Christmas, as well as five bespoke storylines that will broadcast on Facebook.

Twenty-five 1-2 minute-long episodes, featuring some of the show’s favourite characters, will play out every weekday from Monday, December 5th to Friday January 7th.

Neighbours returns to Channel 5 on January 9th.

Neighbours’ Senior Social & Digital Producer, Ric Forster said: “Following the popularity of our Xanthe ♥ Ben soap bubble earlier in the year, we thought it would be fun to try something new. These new episodes give Neighbours fans a special Christmas treat so that they never miss their favourite daily drama while the show takes its festive break on Channel 5.”

The Christmas Break Storylines include:

Better the Devil You Know (5-9 December 2016) Ben and Xanthe are on the rocks after her mum, Brooke, scammed Ben’s grandfather, but after Susan helps him realise it’s worth trying to fix things, Ben heads to the Canning’s place in Frankston to make amends with Xanthe…

Especially For You (12-16 December 2016) She had her heart broken by Kyle, but now Amy is ready to move on. Taking a beachside vacation, Amy meets a cute guy, Hunter, and surprises even herself when she introduces herself as the care-free and bubbly ‘Leonie’...

What Do I Have To Do? (19-23 December 2016) Karl’s promised a stressed-out Susan that he’ll do this year’s Christmas cooking; the only problem is he’s forgotten to buy half the ingredients. With all the shops closed, Karl hurries around to his neighbours, but no one can lend him a turkey. As a last resort he goes to Robinsons motel, where Paul’s offering cheap Christmas dinners to his guests. He’s happy to help Karl out – but at a price – and blackmails Karl into doing a humiliating task...

On a Night Like This (26-30 December 2016) Tyler and Piper finally consummate their relationship, but are still forced to keep their affair secret... Will they see in the New Year together?

Step Back In Time (2-5 January 2017) Toadie’s past seems to be coming back to haunt him as it looks like presumed-dead ex-wife Dee has been spotted in Colac. He enlists the help of his brother, Stonie, to investigate the sighting on his behalf.  Perhaps Dee is not dead after all?


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