Though long-running show Neighbours comes to an end on BBC1, the channel will keep an Antipodean flavour with a new show set in Sydney.
Out of the Blue will begin shooting in the new year and is set in the Sydney beach resort of Manly.
The story opens when a group of thirtysomething friends return to their home town for a high school reunion.
However, the celebrations are brought to an abrupt end when one of the group is murdered.
Out of the Blue is being made by Southern Star Entertainment, the company behind hits such as The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way.
The BBC has ordered 130 half-hour episodes of Out of the Blue, which will run in an as yet unspecified slot in daytime.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Any hopes that the impending move of Neighbours from BBC One to Five would lead to the commissioning of a British replacement have been dashed by the announcement that the BBC has commissioned a new Australian daytime soap called Out of the Blue.