Neighbours gets new Digital Spin-Off series to focus on teen issues
Popular Australian soap drama Neighbours is getting a spin-off series.
The new 5-part special series titled Neighbours: Erinsborough High, will focus on the school setting and explore issues such as bullying, mental illness, sexuality, cultural diversity, and parental and peer pressure.
The five 22-minute episodes are being produced by Fremantle Media for Channel 5 in the UK, and will feature a number of series regulars including Olivia Junkeer, Georgie Stone, Lachlan Millar, and Benny Turlandare. Grace O'Sullivan and Darius Amarfio-Jefferson will also feature.
Australian viewers will be able to stream the limited series on 10Play.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, said: "Neighbours is one of the most important dramas in Australian and British history, being able to spin off this iconic series and tell important stories to a young adult audience is an evolution we are all very proud of at Fremantle."
Jason Herbison said: "Neighbours: Erinsborough High is an exciting opportunity to shine a light on one of our most iconic playing areas – the local high school. It's long been an ambition to delve deeper into some of our workplaces and the characters who populate them. Who knows what we might do next?"