"Stone the flamin' crows!", as Alf Stewart might say. Australian soap Home and Away has now been running for 30 years!
Home and Away is now the second longest-running drama series on TV in Australia (behind Neighbours) after reaching its 30th anniversary this week and screening 6810 episodes to date!
Although the soap is currently off-air Down Under and episodes shown on Channel 5 are several weeks behind, that didn't stop original series star Kate Ritchie, who played Summer Bay fave Sally Fletcher for 20 years, from posting some fun flashback photos on Instagram to mark the occasion.
Kate also hit the town to celebrate with her former co-star Ray Meagher, who has played Alf Stewart since the very first episode, making him the longest-serving actor in an Australian TV series. Home and Away bosses have revealed Alf will be at the centre of a special storyline in 2018 as part of the anniversary storylines, which will also see a reboot of the popular River Boys surf gang. Although it remains to be seen if former cast members including Steve Peacocke (Brax) or Dan Ewing (Heath) will appear.
A number of today's Hollywood stars first found fame on Home and Away including Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive).
Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm and repeated at 6:00pm on Channel 5
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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