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She's back! Izzy Hoyland will return in a special late-night episode of Neighbours

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There's a Ramsay Street reunion going on as residents past and present join Toadie's birthday celebrations!

The last time Channel 5 aired a special late-night episode of Neighbours in 2016, Lassiters Hotel exploded and long-time character Doug Willis and his grandson Josh Willis were killed-off.

But things could get just as explosive when another after-dark episode of Neighbours screens next month, this time featuring the return of infamous homewrecker, Izzy Hoyland (played by Natalie Bassingthwaighte). The crafty character hasn't been seen on screen since 2007, when she gate-crashed the wedding of Karl and Susan Kennedy (played by Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne) in London and gave birth to Karl's secret daughter, Holly!

“Izzy always knew how to make an entrance and this is no exception!" teased Natalie. "It was fabulous to be filming back at the studios where my career started and straight away I felt completely at home – and to reunite with Alan and Jackie again was a dream. Viewers can be assured Izzy is back with a vengeance, creating chaos. If you loved to hate her before, you will love to hate her even more.”

The special episode will centre around Toadie Rebecchi's (Ryan Maloney) very belated 21st birthday party and see many former Ramsay Street residents return for the celebrations including Stu Parker (Blair McDonough), Lance Wilkinson (Andrew Bibby), Toadie's brother Stonefish (Anthony Engelman) and Sindi Watts (Marisa Warrington).

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Plus ex-Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas will make his first appearance as Rafael Humphreys, a British tourist who has a score to settle, possibly with a Ramsay Street resident!

Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor of Factual Entertainment, Greg Barnett, teased: “If you’re a fan of Neighbours then you cannot afford to miss this special 10pm episode as for the first time ever, it will be a brand new hour of spectacular drama.

“Who gets run-over, who runs for their life and whose life ends up hanging by a thread? All will be revealed in this nail-biting episode.”

Don't miss the special hour-long episode of Neighbours on February 12th at 10:00pm on Channel 5

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