Neighbours legend Alan Fletcher promises return will 'start with a bang'

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Neighbours will start filming again in just a few weeks and now Alan Fletcher has promised fans the return of the soap will ‘start with a bang’.

Last year the long-running Australian series was axed by Channel 5, with the broadcaster explaining it wanted to make more ‘original UK drama’.

However, fans were not happy, and did everything they could to save the show, launching campaigns and petitions, which eventually saw Amazon step in to save the day.

This week it was announced that, after a few months off, cameras would start rolling again next month.

Now Alan, who has played Karl Kennedy since 1994, has teased what fans can expect when new episodes arrive.

‘I think will be the Neighbours people know and love,’ he said while appearing on This Morning on Friday with his co-star April Rose Pengilly, who plays Chloe Brennan.

‘That is for certain. But for stories know will kick it off with a big one,’ he added.

‘I don’t know what it is though. But people will have a lot to look forward to.’

He also said it had taken the show awhile to get back up and running.

‘Neighbours is like a cruise liner and if you put it into a dry dock it takes awhile to set it all up again,’ he said.

Alan also said he’d recently been sent some photos of security guards overseeing the re-hanging of the Kennedy family portrait on set.

With most of the cast and crew having made plans for what to do after the show finished, Alan had his sights set on focusing on music full time.

‘I had a music career plotted out for myself and I’m actually here to do a tour around the UK with my band,’ he explained on the show.

This month Alan also told and other journalists during a recent press junket that the fans were the ones who responsible for Amazon’s decision to offer the residents of Erinsborough a reprieve.

‘It was actually the fans that got the show back in the first place,’ he said. ‘Amazon has said to us that they saw the outpouring of grief,’ he said.

He added: ‘They saw the petition, they saw how many people were saying: “No, this can’t happen!” That’s fantastic, because it stimulated the recovery.’

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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