I recently chatted to the wonderful Susan Bower about all things Erinsborough as part of DS's Producer Season 2009. Here, Neighbours' leading lady shares some exclusive and exciting teasers with us about what's to come for Ramsay Street's favourite residents.
Libby and Dan
"The golden couple - not so golden. There is nothing interesting to watch in a marriage that works. It's a very, very slow, long burn and there's some wonderful humour and the fact there's the Brady Bunch a bit. We are making stories about what happens in people's lives and there's the good and the bad."
"Steph's great. She's a bikie chick and we're going to have her stay as a bikie chick. She's finding her way through relationships and does she want the relationship like Libby and Dan have or does she want to want to be a stay-at-home mum? No, she doesn't. She's looking for a soul mate. She and Toadie will always be soul mates, they will always love each other, but it's not that kind of love. There are other people around who are more suited to our Steph."
Lucas and Elle
"They're our moonlighting couple. They're chalk and cheese and they'll always be chalk and cheese. They're crazy about each other and we take them a long way down the track and bring them back again. They're forever splitting up and getting back together for all sorts of reasons. We're bringing in a very important issue that is concerning a lot of people in our society and it's about how does one get an adrenalin rush? As closer as Lucas and Elle get to becoming a couple, they're both very high rollers in different ways so they're going to have to look somewhere else to get their adrenalin rush."
"Toadie is working incredibly well with Mini Me (Callum Jones, played by Morgan Baker) and that continues. At the same time we never lose sight of the fact that he's a lawyer and he plays a big role in the aftermath of the Parker's leaving. Then he has a wonderful storyline with a new love interest that is quite intriguing."
Susan and Karl
"My God! We put them through the wringer! We have to take them through the surrogacy storyline because Karl doesn't approve. And there's more, there's lots more with Susan and Lynnie and Rebecca and Paul and newspaper stories and all sorts of things."
"Lou does some terrific things. We do a story a bit like My Name Is Earl, where he feels that he's had a hex put on him so he has to do good acts. There's miles and miles of story with Lou. He becomes very important when Lyn comes back. There's some really good stuff that has both laughter and tears in it."
Rebecca and Paul
"They're another couple who really need to be together, and what can we do to keep them apart? Lots of things!"
Sunny and Zeke
"They're our Romeo and Juliet couple. They come from different cultures and she's got a year as an exchange student, so we play out the Romeo and Juliet thing. How far do they go for their love? Do they love each other? They keep clashing because of their cultural differences. Zeke is also still in recovery mode from what happened to him after the rafting episode and being taken and brought up as someone else's son, so that's the gift that keeps on giving."
"Where can I start? Donna has a huge story trajectory. She knows she's not going to be a nuclear physicist. She is a stylist and an event organiser and that's where she's going to go, and that's going to get her in a lot of trouble. "
And also on the cards...
§ The consequences of the Parker departure is shocking and has a ripple effect that goes on for weeks, affecting most of the people in Ramsay Street.
§ There are newcomers and departures and none of our newcomers or departures come in or leaves without a bang.
§ We're also working on the Australian end of year story and I don't think that's something people will see coming. It's to do with the stalwarts of Ramsay Street. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad