20 things we learnt while watching Home and Away: Endless Summer
Home and Away's 30th Anniversary special revealed some the Bay's best kept secrets.
2. The original concept of the show was simple – one family, looking for a change, move to a small coastal community with their foster kids in tow. Now look how far it’s come!
3. Leah’s been married a total of three times on the show. Behind the scenes they call her “The Black Widow” because you NEVER want to be cast as her lover, it won’t end well for you.
5. Judie Nunn was really annoyed by her character Ailsa’s exit, but she went quietly because she didn’t want to make waves at the time.
6. The senior cast were strongly against the arrival of the River Boys, thinking it wasn’t fitting with the tone of the show. They came around when the storylines proved to be insanely popular.
7. Kate Ritchie had to have therapy after she left the show. She suffered something of an identity crisis, having grown up with her character, Sally.
8. Sally’s exit still brings a tear to Ray Meagher’s eye.
9. Life on the Home and Away set starts around 6am every day. The actors head straight to hair and make-up, then they're usually in front of the camera by 7am.
10. The cast once tried to appeal for more clothing for their characters, because they were cold on set. Their request was met with a firm “NO. It’s always Summer in Summer Bay.”
11. Nicolle Dickson (Bobby) went back to school after leaving Home and Away, now she’s an accountant. Her onscreen husband Alex Papps (Frank) has a recurring role on Playskool.
12. Judy Nunn is now a bestselling novel author.
13. Dieter Brummer (Shane) is now a professional abseiler and cilmbing rope technician. His mum kept every single one of his fan letters though.
14. Leighton Hewitt, Australian tennis ace and real-life husband of Bec Hewitt (Hayley), once made an onscreen cameo.
15. Danii Minogue has been approached several times about coming back to Home and Away. She admits it’s always tempting, and very possible.
16. “Brax” became one of Australia’s top 4 baby names in 2012.
17. More than 100 characters have been killed onscreen.
18. Home and Away is the most awarded drama in Australian television history.
19. The soap opera airs in 140 countries.
20. All the cast agree on one thing… nobody would ever want to live in Summer Bay, it’s too flamin’ dangerous.
Watch Home and Away's 30th Anniversary Special right here.