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Home and Away - 1992

Home and Away was an Australian, that found it's way onto British television very early on. The centre around it was a small sea-side location known as Summer Bay. It initially ran from the late 80's on ITV in varying teatime and lunchtime slots depending upon the particular region, before finally disappearing from screens for a time in 2000, after being poached by Channel 5. A year later in 2001, it returned to the screens on 5 and has been aired there since. From the mists of time, we have the 1992 opening sequence. See how many of the characters are still about by the 2005 sequence below...


Home and Away - 1995

The opening titles to Home and Away from around 1995. You can also see the Yorkshire Tyne Tees almost comically oversized '888' stamp from that era in the corner!


Home and Away - 1997

A slightly surreal set of opening titles from 1997, with sofas on the beach, and...er...other things like that! Thanks to James Hadfield for this and the next file!


Home and Away Credits - 1997

From about 1993 onwards, ITV started cutting down the end credits to Home and Away, leaving only the last few seconds. There are several additional verses to their signature tune in the closing credits, which many UK people throughout the 90s could be forgiven for knowing even existed. The full end credits returned after the move to Channel 5, and on older repeats on digital stations are often still present. Here for example is the full credit sequence from the 1997 set of titles as shown on LivingTV. A bit of continuity over the top, but you can't win em all!


Home and Away - 2001

The title sequence in use when ITV lost the series, and Channel 5 gained it. For the first time ever, we can actually see the singers; an all male band float past in the background at one point.


Home and Away - 2002

The 2002 Opening titles for Home and Away. As above, but now in Widescreen, after the producers moved over to using it in 2001.


Home and Away - 2003

Similar to the last set of titles, but with a few minor cosmetic tweaks. Notably bigger pictures and text, the return of character names, and the removal of some of the background film.


Home and Away - 2005

2004 saw the shift of Home and Away's production to the High Definition format, and to accompany the change a new set of titles was introduced. It features a remix of the famous theme, put to a load of giant photoframes on the beach (back to the 1997 surrealism anyone?)


Neighbours - 1986

Neighbours hit the screens in Australia back in 1985, and made it to the BBC not long after. Initially it struggled in the ratings, and indeed was even dumped by its original network, but with the support of the BBC here and Channel Ten there, the producers Grundy Television turned it round. It remained a big part of the BBC daytime schedule through until 2007 when, despite their support over the years, a jump in the contract renewal price saw the show move to Channel 5. The first set of titles in 1985 weren't particularly memorable, however the second set introduced in 1986 brought about the Ramsey Streep map, something which was to remain in use for over 6 years. Thanks to Rhys Cook of Perfectblend for this (and several of the other Neighbours related files on here).


Neighbours - 1989

A few years later, and a slightly different map sequence. Thanks to Rhys again for this.


Neighbours - 1991

A strange set of titles from the early nineties. The map idea was still there, but the titles themselves lasted only lasted a matter of seconds with little more than a computer rendered Grundy Television logo appearing.


Neighbours Credits - 1991

Also from 1991, here are the closing credits - thankfully not as short as the opening ones!


Neighbours - 1993

The 1993 set of titles, which finally signalled the end of the long lived 'map' style sequences. Thanks to Rhys Cook for this.


Neighbours - 1995

The Neighbours opening titles from 1995. Thanks to James Hadfield for this.


Neighbours End Credits - 1995

The end credit sequence from Neighbours in 1995, courtesy of Robert Madeley.


Neighbours - 1997

Some different credits from around 1997. The music does sound a bit wobbly in places - don't you all just miss VHS tracking?


Neighbours - 2001

This sequence was used until February 2002.


Neighbours - Early 2002

This title sequence was introduced in the middle of February 2002 (in the UK, that is!), and must be one the shortest lived sets I've ever seen.


Neighbours - Mid 2002

Only a few months later, the titles changed again and they decided to go back to the 2001-style, as the earlier 2002 'new-look' wasnt recognisable enough. Thanks to Rhys Cook for this!


Neighbours Credits - Mid 2002

The accompanying end credit sequence for the above look. This is the full sequence from Australia, as opposed to the cut-down version in the UK. Thanks to Karl Ayers.


Neighbours - 2003

Into 2003, and the accompanying sequence.


Neighbours - 2005

Lots of abstract coloured shapes in the 2005 title set.


A Country Practice - 1991

A Country Practice was an Australian Soap aired by some ITV regions as a sporadic slot filler in the early 90s. The name describing it's basic plot, it was one of those soaps which appeared much older than it really was! Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.


~ Acknowledgements ~
BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk
Channel 5 Television - http://www.channel5.com
Network Seven - https://au.tv.yahoo.com/
Ten - http://tenplay.com.au
The Perfectblend Team - for contributing heavily to the Neighbours info - http://www.perfectblend.net
James Hadfield - for contributing to this page