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Network Ten
Soap Opera
18 March, 1985

Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera that was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985. It was created by television executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk openly and solve their problems together. Seven decided to commission the show following the success of Watson's earlier soap Sons and Daughters, which aired on the network. Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it. The show was immediately bought by rival network Ten. After taking over production of the show, the new network had to build replica sets because Seven destroyed the originals to prevent its rival from obtaining them. Ten began screening Neighbours on 20 January 1986, beginning where the previous series left off and commencing with episode 171.

Genre Soap opera
Created by Reg Watson
Starring Present cast, Former cast, Recurring cast
Theme music composer Tony Hatch (theme music), Jackie Trent (lyrics)
Opening theme Neighbours theme
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 8,651
Executive producer(s) Jason Herbison
Producer(s) Natalie Lynch and Kate Kendall
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Grundy Television (1985–2006), Fremantle Australia (2006–present)
Distributor Fremantle
Original network Seven Network (1985), Network Ten (1986–2010), 10 Peach (2011–)
Picture format PAL (576i) (1985–), HDTV 1080i (2008–present)
Audio format Stereo
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About Neighbours

This Australian series follows the lives and relationships of the people who live on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough. The show was created by Reg Watson. The first season aired on Seven Network, then it moved over to Network Ten for the majority of its run.

Achievement of Neighbours

The series won its first All About Soap Award in 2003 for Wicked Weepie. The series also won its first Australian Directors Guild Award in 2010 for Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial. 

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Latest information about Neighbours updated on July 28 2021.