Why UK TV would be stupid if it didn’t find a home for our good neighbors

Each generation has “its” cast of Neighbors, and celebrities who cut their teeth on the streets, like Russell Crowe and Margot Robbie. For those who came of age in the 1980s, it was Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and Jason Donovan. The 1990s saw the series focus on teenagers, starring Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Vallance and House’s Jesse Spencer, although for a brief period it was Spencer’s on-screen family, the Kennedys, who were favorites so much so that Alan Fletcher, who played patriarch Karl Kennedy, went on a lucrative tour in the early 2000s visiting UK universities with his acoustic guitar.

There’s no doubt that Channel 5’s decision is bad news for the show and, as one industry pundit put it with splendid understatement, Australia’s Neighbors producers “probably feel quite miffed about this. moment”. There’s a pretty killjoy school of thought that says Neighbors ran its course, was of its time, and there are limited storylines they can give to characters who have been on the show for thirty year. Channel 5 is also evolving; willing to invest more in high-profile dramas and documentaries.

However, Neighbors viewership figures are healthy, reaching around 300,000 per show and approaching one million when catch-up is included. As its loyal viewers, current or not, can attest, the secret sauce isn’t so much what happens on the show as what happens within families. It’s premium comfort television, and what attracts regular viewers.

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