Hotel rooms will be at a premium in Erinsborough in the next few weeks, as another nine cast members pile into Australia’s best known neighbourhood for the soap’s 30th anniversary special.
Anne Charleston and Ian Smith – better known as Madge and Harold Bishop – were the first ex-Ramsay Street residents to reveal they were returning. It came as something of a surprise to fans, mostly because Madge Bishop died over a decade ago.
A week later, pop star Delta Goodrem – who played schoolgirl Nina Tucker in the soap in the early noughties – announced via Twitter and Instagram that she was also jetting into Ramsay Street to join the party. To prove it, she posted a clip on Facebook yesterday:
Now the guest list – a mixture of old-timers and more recent neighbours – is starting to look less exclusive: Paul Keane (Des Clarke, last seen in 1990), Alin Sumawatra (fiery Vanessa), Scott Major (Lucas the ladies’ man), Gary Files (Tom Ramsay, waved farewell in 1991), Andrew Williams (Lou’s son Guy Carpenter), Anne Scott-Pendlebury (Hilary Robinson, last seen in the 20th anniversary special), Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson, the third Lucy), Stephanie McIntosh (Sky Mangel, the second Stephanie and the one who turned her blonde), Nell Feeny (Janelle Timmins, the comic one – remember the ‘love square’?) are all reportedly making a comeback.
There are some notable absences. Kylie Minogue has denied she’ll be donning overalls and resurrecting her much-loved mechanic Charlene Robinson, while former on and off-screen boyfriend Jason Donovan has said he’ll only consider it if Minogue and other cast members from his era are on board.
The 30th anniversary special is currently being filmed in Melbourne and will air in March next year.