Neighbours gets teen spin-off with Erinsborough High series

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Thirty years ago Neighbours sweethearts Scott and Charlene graduated from Erinsborough High, and now a new batch of students will be passing through its hallowed doors.

The Australian soap has announced a spin-off of its long-running show called Neighbours: Erinsborough High.

The five-episode series will focus on the teenage students as they cope with the stresses and strains of final exams.

Each of the 22-minute eps will feature regular Neighbours cast members alongside brand new faces.

They will focus on issues affecting young adults, such as bullying, mental illness, sexuality, cultural diversity, parental and peer pressure, and teacher-student relationships.

Calling the show an “exciting opportunity”, Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said: “It’s long been an ambition to delve deeper into some of our workplaces and the characters who populate them.”

He went on to tease: “Who knows what we might do next?”

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Neighbours introduced its first trans character just last week, with Mackenzie Hargraves playing the Australian trans activist Georgie Stone.

Neighbours also screened Australian TV’s first gay wedding last year.

Image: Scott and Charlene, played byJason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, graduated from the school 30 years ago

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act will also appear in a cameo role in the show early next year.

After 35-years on the screen, Neighbours is Australia’s longest running drama, and is the only drama production in both Australia and the UK which runs 52 weeks of the year.

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Neighbours: Erinborough High will air on Channel 5 VOD platform My5n from 11 November.

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