Like most people of a certain age, I stopped watching Neighbours years ago when it started trying to be Home and Away.
Or maybe it’s just that I was getting older, and was no longer interested in the lives of the ‘youngins’ on the show. Then there were the constant timeslot and then channel changes.
But something major has happened to draw me straight back in.
Listen to Rosie Waterland and Laura Brodnik talk about the Neighbours cliffhanger on The Binge.
13 years ago Dee Bliss disappeared after her husband of a few minutes became distracted while snogging her, so distracted (she was incredibly beautiful and he was totally “punching above his weight”) he drove through a fence and their crappy car plunged into the ocean.
I'll never forget the scene showing the car sailing through the air, Dee's bridal veil flapping out of her open window. It was very Thelma & Louise and rewatching it this morning on YouTube left me feeling chilled.
But now DEE IS BACK. I know, I know, you're thinking. Since when did Neighbours become Bold & the Beautiful?
Since, NOW. And I for one am THRILLED.
Okay, I'll stop writing in capitals now.
Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) joined Neighbours in 2000 and in a true Beauty and the Beast moment fell in love with the affable Jarrod "Toadfish/Toadie Rebecchi". Their wedding episode in 2003 was the most-watched episode of the year.
Their relationship had been rocky, particularly due to Toadie's outspoken mum Angie.
Their marriage lasted just a few blissful minutes before the accident. Dee's body was never found and in true soapie style, Toadie cried his way through a few episodes, a funeral, a trial before moving onto someone else.