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From Scott and Charlene’s 80s wedding to the tragedy of Helen Daniels – and Harold Bishop back from the dead: A look back on Neighbours’ most memorable storylines as soap faces the axe after 37 years

Fans of Neighbours were upset this week when it was announced that the long-running soap would be cancelled after 37 years on the air.

The show’s survival is in jeopardy after UK broadcaster Channel 5, which has been funding production for years, announced that it will not renew its contract with producers Fremantle Australia to air the Australian soap.

Since the show’s debut in 1985, millions of people have watched the high drama on Ramsay Street, from Scott and Charlene’s wedding through Helen Daniels’ death and Harold Bishop’s resurrection.

The Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some of the most memorable and dramatic stories about everyone’s ‘wonderful neighbours.’

Scott and Charlene’s wedding

In November 1988, 20 million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, marry.

As Charlene went down the aisle to Angry Anderson’s power ballad, the couple’s friends and family were witnessed in floods of grief. Nell Mangel, a neighbour, catches the bouquet unexpectedly.

Annalise is left at the alter by Mark

Meanwhile, in 1994, Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s wedding did not proceed as planned.

Mark left Annalise at the alter, saying he couldn’t marry her, despite the fact that both parties were scared on the day.

It wasn’t entirely Annalise’s fault, though, because he decided marriage wasn’t for him and went on to become a priest.

The death of Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, became known as Ramsay Street’s grandmother.

She was involved in various tense scenarios throughout the years, including having her life taken by a conman, having an affair with her daughter’s fiancé, and falling down the stairs before suffering a stroke.

She gathered the feuding Ramsay and Robinson families together to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding together in an attempt to bring them closer together, but while they squabbled over their differences, she peacefully passed away on the sofa in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle

The lives of Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith), and Lou Carpenter (Tom Oliver) were intertwined long before the show aired, with the trio having known each other since elementary school.

Madge was totally over heals in love with ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold, but she was equally smitten by mischievous Lou.

Madge’s life, however, took an unexpected turn for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, and their marriage quickly became turbulent.

Madge and Harold later reconciled, and he proposed, much to the chagrin of Lou, who was attempting to woo Madge. Harold and Madge were married in 1988.

Lou set his sights on Madge again after Harold’s death, and the two planned to marry, but they called it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold reappears from the dead

On the soap, Harold was killed off when he was washed out to sea while Madge was distracted, leaving just his spectacles behind.

He returned to Erinsborough five years later, claiming to have suffered from amnesia, and Helen Daniels happened to stumble into him while browsing at a Salvation Army shop.

He went back to Ramsay Street to see Madge again.

Madge’s passing

Madge was a popular character on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001.

Following Harold’s return, the couple remarried and had a child, but she was later stricken with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors informed her she only had months to live, but tragedy struck when she acquired septicaemia after cutting her finger and her life was cut short even more.

Lou declared his eternal love for her before she died, and she died in Harold’s arms.

Susan’s forgetfulness

Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) lost her memory after sliding on milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002, in typical soap fashion.

She was certain she was 16 again, a condition that left her befuddled when she happened to be at a 70s-themed birthday celebration by happenstance.

Toady’s anguish

Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney) was crushed just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of his automobile and drove it off a cliff, killing her.

He abandoned Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) at the alter in 2010 when he realised she didn’t love him, and a gas bottle exploded during his third wedding to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, demolishing their marquee and leaving Sonya with a cracked skull and no memory of the ceremony.

Characters The blast also killed Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson.


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