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Meagher responds to 'Home and Away' row

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Alf Stewart from Home and Away

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Home and Away legend Ray Meagher has dismissed the row surrounding an episode of the soap that was deemed "too raunchy" for New Zealand television.

Last month, the Summer Bay show was rapped by the country's Broadcasting Standards Authority, which upheld a complaint made about a sexy scene featuring Martha MacKenzie (Jodi Gordon) and Liam Murphy (Axle Whitehead).

The moment in question saw the pair kissing passionately, before Martha removed her bathrobe and showed her bra.

However, responding to the controversy, Meagher insisted that he cannot understand what all the fuss was about.

The 66-year-old - who plays Alf Stewart - told Holy Soap: "From how the scene is described, it sounds fairly tame, and I'd far prefer to see something like that than where we were 18 months ago with guns and violence."

He continued: "I have been a really strong advocate of saying we're always going to have teenage angst, it's one of the basic tenets of the show, but we should get back to where there's a chuckle every now and again and not all these bloody guns and all that stuff.

"There should be a good laugh in each 15 minutes. If we can get back to that, you can build stuff around it, but make that part of the mantra. I think we're getting closer to that now. I think it's changed over the last six months."

Meagher is currently taking a break from Home and Away to star in West End show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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