Neighbours yesterday unveiled its new-look backyards (as first revealed by TV Tonight), part of a million dollar makeover by FremantleMedia Australia.
Cast were joined by Fremantle CEO Ian Hogg, TEN Drama execs Rick Maier, Fremantle Drama Exec Jo Porter, Producers Richard Jasek & Alan Hardy, and media.
Producers have built 3 full-size backyards and rears of Ramsay Street households Numbers 22, 26 and 32. This gives producers year-long access to spaces that were limited due to tenants living in the location at Pin Oak Court.
“Neighbours is all about families and communities. At the centre of that is the Great Australian Dream, our homes, our backyards and our BBQs,” said Hogg.
“We’ve taken the homes of Ramsay Street and we’ve relocated them a couple of hundred metres down the road. What that does is allow us to sets.
“It’s probably the biggest change to Neighbours that I can remember in a very, very long time. It’s a big investment and I know for the writers it gives them greater flexibility and ultimately these programmes are about great stories and great casts.”
Hogg also announced another sale to Danish broadcaster DR on tops of its extensive territorial deals already in place.