Saturday, March 25, 2006

I went out for a meal with some friends the other night and the conversation turned to which was better: Neighbours or Home and Away? The sort of conversation that could happen to anyone, you see, whether I am there to instigate it or not, I imagine.

But anyhow. Neighbours or Home and Away.

I said that, at the moment, H&A is the better of the two top-quality Australian soaps, for the following reason-

*deep breath*

Hayley used to go out with Kim (a boy), briefly. She then realised she was in love with Scott so started going out with him instead. Three months in she finds out she's pregnant. She doesn't know if the baby is Scott's or Kim's, so a paternity test follows. Someone, I can't remember who or for what reason, swaps the results, and while the baby is actually Scott's, everyone thinks it is Kim's. Scott can't handle it, finishes with Hayley, who then goes out with and gets engaged to Kim. Meanwhile, Scott starts going out with crazy Amanda, who, somehow, finds out that Scott is actually the baby-father, realises Scott and Hayely are still in love with each other, so pretends to be pregnant by Scott. So. Scott is actually the father of Hayley's baby, but thinks he isn't, and thinks he is the father of Amanda's baby, which doesn't actually exist.

My friend's response?

Neighbours is better because Harold's gone mad.

So, I pose the question to you, dear readers, which is better, H&A or Neighbours?

Perhaps next time I shall try and think of some things to write about that don't involve telly or Jakey.


  • At 11:18 am, Blogger Ms Mac said…

    Sorry Lovey, but I have to disagree with you and go with Neighbours. I used to watch both religiously until Angel ran away with her English boyfriend who rescued her from the drudgery that is Summer Bay. After that it all went downhill, H&A being populated by a bunch of scrags with really, really bad skin. The adult storylines have been really weak. It's just not been the same since Tom and Pippa, really.

    Neighbours, on the other hand, despite the brief appearance of that horrible family with the teacher dad and the lawyer mum that Toadie nearly had an affair with (remember them?) has been consistently sensational, with silly storylines for all ages. Harold has been a delight since his reappearance and Madge's death was heart breaking. Not to mention Dee's death directly after her wedding to ugly Toadie. Susan and Karl have a brilliant will they/won't they relationship and the anniversary show not long ago was brilliant.

    I rest my case.

  • At 2:03 pm, Blogger Jon said…

    Hmmm, I (like most people) are at work when both of these are on so I can't really help you I'm afraid Laura!

    Although, I do enjoy Neighbours... mainly for Boyd though because he is such a hottie!

  • At 7:50 pm, Blogger Huw said…

    Neighbours is and will always be superior. The whole Psycho-Harold storyline is just one of a long line of classics.

    Neighbours also doesn't get ideas above its station: compare and contrast to H&A's transition to film and sweeping/arty camera angles a few years back. The fact that H&A felt it had to change its style/increase its budget is telling in my opinion.

  • At 10:09 am, Anonymous Ys said…

    "Home and Away" every time! :D

    Although crazy Harold is quite fun...

  • At 4:48 pm, Blogger Curly said…

    I haven't watched neighbours for about 12 months, but it is still better because the acting is so bad! Also how can you not worship anything that launched Kylie into the public eye?

  • At 7:46 pm, Blogger Marie said…

    Home and Away. I cannot even begin....... HOME AND AWAY you fools! Where do I - how can you - is there even any point trying to - gasp.

    Of course, once Kip leaves, my feelings may change.


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