Wednesday 22 September 2010, 12:03 | By CMU Editorial
Kylie blocked Neighbours repeats
When her pop career first began to take off, Kylie Minogue took legal action to try to stop the makers of ‘Neighbours’ re-releasing or re-airing editions of the soap in which she appeared as the character Charlene Mitchell.
It was through the Aussie soap, of course, that Minogue rose to fame. The marriage of her character to Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan, remains one of the programme’s most iconic moments, and it was that edition in particular that seemingly caused her most concern, according to the show’s creator Reg Grundy. Not that she could actually do anything to stop the continued distribution of the show.
Grundy told Australia’s Nine Network: “That marriage probably got the highest ratings of any marriage in Australia. She went on to great success and I applaud that. She said we couldn’t use the tapes because she didn’t want us to use them. And we said, ‘No, we own the tapes’. And she had to accept it. It was like, our lawyers versus their lawyers. But I think she felt as her career grew, she didn’t want to be remembered for being on a soap. That’s understandable I think. But it did give her the break and I think now she does acknowledge that”.