NEIGHBOURS NO MORE
I don't know if the full implications have yet sunk in in the fine streets of Hutton and Paxton but Channel Five's purchase of the Neighbour's series-currently on BBC-will deal a huge blow to audience figures-which must be running into the high teens-in our corner of the Merse. For those who don't have digital (78.453% at the last count)Neighbours will only be watchable by peering through some one else's window-one of the 21.something% who will be able to get Channel 5 digitally. Terrestial Channel 5 is just not
viewable in vast stretches of the Borders. Another rural deprivation to add to the long list of no mains gas, cable, corner shops (any shop) village schools,post offices, bobbies on bicycles, traffic, buses (Fishwick always excepted)and dog wardens. And of course for many of us in these sparsely populated areas we actually don't have neighbours anyway. So bye bye Neighbours with a capital N
And in the place of the virtual reality of our disappearing soap in Ramsey Street we can look forward to the actual- soon- to- be- upon- us nitty gritty drama of life in the raw: 'Fishwick Bypass' A clumsy title, but needs must.
Hutton Think Tank (Drama section) is working on the first episode in which a sprightly grandmother (Kylie Mynogue) throws herself in front of a large 4wd vehicle full of drunken fishermen in an attempt to save her little granddaughter playing on a dangerous corner. Did she succeed?
Wait for Episode Two.