Soap signs new deal with Channel 5

Great news, Neighbours fans – Channel 5 has announced a new multi-year deal with FremantleMedia to secure the future of the soap in Britain.

What’s more, as well as staying on Channel 5, the soap will run for 52 weeks of the year from 2018. This means for the first time ever, Neighbours will air over the festive period from 2018.

There will also be a number of annual special episodes airing in prime time and the first of these is earmarked for early next year.

The show’s executive producer, Jason Herbision, said: “I’m excited to keep delivering our worldwide viewers with their daily fix of Ramsay Street. We are proud that our show, set in the Aussie suburbs, has touched the lives of viewers the world over.”

He added: “Just as our characters span generations, so do the people that watch Neighbours – we value our global audiences and are delighted to stay on this journey together. Come the end of 2018 we will also make history by becoming the first Australian drama series to screen all year round. The best is yet to come.”

The iconic Australian soap first transmitted in the UK on October 27, 1986 and has aired on Channel 5 since 2008 with  more than 7,500 episodes produced to date. Neighbours is watched by millions daily, across many international territories, making it the longest running Australian drama and one of the most successful television exports in history.  The much-loved soap has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in show business including; Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan, Holly Valance and many more.

The Dog Rescuers ‘Harder to rehome’ Appeal

Right now, there are thousands of rescue dogs in RSPCA animal centres all desperately looking for forever homes. Many of these dogs have had a bad start in life, but they can still make the most amazing companions – they just need your help to make that happen.

The dogs we will be featuring in upcoming episodes of The Dog Rescuers are some of the RSPCA’s longer stay residents, those that, through no fault of their own, are the hardest to rehome. That might be because they are too large to be comfortable in the average house, perhaps they have special needs due to a disability, or maybe the bond between two dogs rescued from the the same situation is too strong to break up, so they come as a pair.

Could you be the person to finally give these deserving dogs a second chance in life though? Maybe your circumstances are the perfect match for one of these lovely long stayers?

Follow this link to find out who we are trying to rehome and register your interest with the RSPCA;

With centres across the country and staff that will help you find the perfect four-legged friend, adopting couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve spent time with your new dog, trained staff will visit you and your family at home, discuss any specific needs and make sure your house is suitable.

Taking a rescue dog home is both exciting and rewarding and best of all you will be giving a dog that really needs it – a second chance.

In series 5, we featured a different rescue dog each week, to help try and find them a fantastic new home. You can find out more about the dogs featured in each episode below.

Some are still looking for their forever home but if the dog you were drawn to has since found new owners, please don’t be disappointed because there are plenty more rescue dogs still out there looking for people like you to give them the life they deserve.

Find out more about the dogs featured in each episode below:

Episode 1: Tuesday 27 June – Clyde

Episode 2: Tuesday 4 July – Dolly

Episode 3: Tuesday 11 July – Phoenix

Episode 4: Tuesday 18 July – Jemima

Episode 5: Tuesday 25 July – Crystal

Episode 6: Tuesday 1 August – Marley

Episode 7: Tuesday 8 August – Brenny

Episode 8: Tuesday 15 August – Boris

Episode 9: Tuesday 22 August – Layla

Episode 10: Tuesday 29 August – Solo

Episode 10: Tuesday 5 September – Abby

Episode 11: Tuesday 12 September – Stanley

Episode 12: Tuesday 19 September – Daley


Happiness Giveaway

Every day this week (20-24 March 2017) on The Wright Stuff, to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Happiness, we’re giving away a fantastic stay for two people at some brilliant locations across the UK.

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is email us a photo of something that makes you happy. It could be a family member, a pet, a brilliant view – or just a selfie of you with a big smile on your face.
Email your photo, name, address and phone number to and you may be in line to win that day’s prize.

Every day, a team of Wright Stuff staff will choose the very best daily entries received by 10.45am – based on creativity, artistic merit, originality, and, of course the feelgood factor and we’ll announce the winner at the end of the day’s show.

If your photo arrives after 10:45am, it will be entered into the next day’s selection process (except that entries received after 10.45am on Friday will be too late for consideration at all).

Here are the prizes you could win:

Monday 20th March



Win a Two Night Stay for Two in Edinburgh.
Enjoy a two-night break in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh With two nights’ luxury hotel accommodation in the heart of the city, you’ll be perfectly  placed to explore all the exciting sights Edinburgh has to offer; from the Royal Mile to the castle and, if you’re really adventurous, Arthur’s Seat. A perfect weekend away for one lucky winner!

Prize package for 2 adults includes:
•              Travel allowance of £100
•              2 nights’ luxury hotel accommodation (4*) min in Edinburgh in a double/twin room
•              Daily breakfast

Prize valid for 12 months from date of winner notification email. Stay cannot be taken over UK Bank Holidays and is subject to availability at time of booking.
For full terms and conditions, go to


Tuesday 21st March

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel and Spa, housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company. History and heritage combine with everything a modern traveller could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building. As the region’s first and only 5-star hotel, The Grand offers the very best in traditional English style and service, set off with a friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Your package for 2 adults includes:
•        2 night stay at The Grand Hotel York sharing a Classic twin / double room
•        Daily Breakfast
•        Daily evening meal in Hudsons restaurant

Prize valid for 12 months from date of winner notification email. Stay cannot be take over Christmas, Easter or UK bank holidays and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

For full terms and conditions, go to


Wednesday 22nd March

Luxury Trip for Two to London
An unforgettable two-night trip for two to London! Heading to the bright lights of the capital, we’ll be treating you to an unforgettable two-night stay at the wonderful Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Thames. With some of the capital’s most popular sights right on your doorstep, including the London Eye and amazing city adventure!

Prize package for 2 adults includes:
•              Travel allowance of £100
•              2 nights’ accommodation at 4* Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London in a double/twin room
•              Daily breakfast

Prize valid for 12 months fromdate of winner notification email. Stay cannot be taken over UK Bank Holidays and is subject to availability at time of booking.

For full terms and conditions, go to


Thursday 23rd March

Luxury Break for Two to Yorkshire
This exceptional prize could see you and a friend exploring the beautiful Yorkshire countryside in style! Enjoy a two-night stay at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the Bolton Abbey Estate. As well as a luxury guest room to call home for two nights, you’ll indulge in a full Yorkshire breakfast each morning and enjoy access to the hotel’s sumptuous spa complete with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. This wonderful hotel is the perfect base to explore the breathtaking countryside, visit Yorkshire Great Historic Houses or simply do nothing at all!

Prize package for 2 adults includes:
•              Travel allowance of £100
•              2 nights’ accommodation at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, in a double/twin room
•              Daily breakfast
•              Access to the hotel’s spa facilities

Prize valid for 12 months from date of winner notification email. Stay cannot be taken over UK Bank Holidays and is subject to availability at time of booking.
For full terms and conditions, go to

Friday 24th March

Two night stay at Bovey Castle
Bovey Castle is history, excitement, glamour, adventure and the perfect retreat. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and Manolo Blahniks for dinner? But while we offer our guests luxury and indulgence, this isn’t a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves. Bovey Castle is a place where you can live out your dreams, then put your feet up.

Your package for 2 adults includes:
·         2 night stay at Bovey Castle sharing a Classic double room
·         Daily breakfast
·         Daily 3 course evening meal at the Great Western restaurant

Prize valid for 12 months from date of winner notification email. Stay cannot be take over Christmas, Easter or UK bank holidays.
For full terms and conditions, go to

One Night With My Ex

One Night With My Ex’ is a bold and compelling new series in which former couples spend the night alone in a rigged luxury apartment and decide whether to get back together, or go their separate ways for good.

When it ends, every relationship has unfinished business—things you wished you had asked, things you wish you had known and things you never had the nerve to bring up. Now you can… and put that nagging doubt to bed, or realise that you were in love all along and want to go back—all in 24 hours, totally alone together.

Three lively sets of couples are brought back together in a rigged swanky apartment for 24 hours to confront their past. So will these couples move on and find closure, or make up and rekindle lost love? Intimate, funny and emotional, ‘One Night with My Ex’ gets to the heart of these tangled love lives.

Catch the first episode on Wednesday 29th March at 10pm.


Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5

My5 TV, the free to air channel, based on the Channel 5 on-demand servic, today announces its first foray into original programming with Comedy Bigmouths from Polymath Media.

The six episode series will consist of topical stand-up comedy and sketches with a live studio audience, using that audience to take the pulse of the country’s mood as they give current affairs a proper going over. The show will be hosted and MC’d by award-winning comedy star and current affairs expert Ian Stone. Well-known guest comedians will also make an appearance including: Zoe Lyons, Geoff Norcott, Ian Moore, Jo Caulfield., Ross Noble, Russell Kane, Clive Anderson and Sarah Pascoe.

Each episode will be up to the point and reactive, much like My5 TV itself. Topics will be based on the talking points of the moment, but we will feature one over-arching subject to run through the show and to challenge opinions during the audience-driven segments.

Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5 TV soon.



Toadie and Karl come to London

It’s been 10 years since the residents of Ramsay Street last visited British shores – when Karl and Susan Kennedy rekindled their romance and renewed their vows on the Thames. On Monday March 20th the Channel 5 soap returns to the UK, with London providing an iconic backdrop to a series of gripping episodes guaranteed have fans on the edge of their seats.

Willow and the woman Toadie still thinks is Dee have packed up and left Erinsborough, taking with them the cheque for Willow’s schooling. With a little help from Susan and an emotional call from Willow, Toadie (Ryan Moloney) works out that the pair are headed to London. Having gained reluctant permission from Sonya, he heads to the UK in pursuit, spending his days trying to track them down. Visiting key London landmarks that appear in Willow’s Instagram posts, Toadie eventually locates his daughter, explains he wants her to come back to Ramsay St and offers to speak to her mother to square it with her. But when “Dee” turns up hot on the heels of a disastrous Skype call Toadie has with Sonya, sparks fly…the consequences of which will impact the Ramsay Street residents over the course of the following weeks and months.

The London episodes also feature Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), who is convinced by wife Susan to head over to London to help his friend see sense and return to his heavily pregnant wife. But when Karl arrives in the UK, he realises he needs to provide far more help than he was anticipating.

The scenes were filmed in London in October 2016 and January 2017 using the Capital City’s iconic landmarks as an additional character to the drama. The production team were keen to feature locations which include Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the London Eye, with supplementary scenes filmed in Melbourne.

The London scenes run between Monday March 20th and Friday March 25th.


Don’t Tell The Doctor – useful links

If you, or somebody you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in Don’t Tell the Doctor, you can find more information below.

Episode 1



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Foot odour



Episode 2

Excess Hair


Keloid scars

Urinary problems

Episode 3

Hair Loss:

Health problems due to diet pills

Rectal Discomfort

Skin problems / rashes:

Episode 4:

Hair Loss


Sports injuries:



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Facial Scarring:


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Skin Pigmentation:

Blood tests by:

Episode 7:


Varicose Veins:

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Hand pain:
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Tanning Addiction:
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Diet Pills:

Episode 9:

Keloid scars:



Episode 10:

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Head Cysts:

Skin Tags:


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The Secret Life of Puppies – A Dog’s-Eye View of Its First Year of Life

A puppy is born every minute in the UK, and we are a nation of self-confessed puppy lovers. Puppies are cute, fun, loving and intelligent – but they can also be frustrating, mischievous and the greatest time-wasters on earth! Dogs pee, poo, bark, chew, dig, run, jump, chase and bite. They can behave in ways that most humans find hard to understand – or even totally baffling!

In this first book from the highly successful Channel 5 Show, The Secret Life of Puppies, we discover what takes place in the first year of a puppy’s life. Through their eyes we witness that beneath their cute appearance lies a world full of drama, love, learning and courage.

Meet some of the stars of the show and find out more about those particular breeds. Also featuring training exercises, healthcare checks and troubleshooting tips for those times when things aren’t quite going to plan, this book will have you swooning over padded paws, floppy ears and adorable faces.

The Secret Life of Puppies is out now! Available from all good book stores and online book retailers.

Find out more about the book here:


The Wright Stuff Christmas Cake Off

For this year’s Wright Stuff Christmas competition, we’re asking you to bake and decorate a Christmas cake.

Bake any cake you choose and decorate it with any Christmassy scene you like; Santa’s grotto, elves, presents, ice skating penguins, frolicking polar bears, snow people, frozen landscapes, traditional nativities, anything festive,  all rendered in icing, marzipan, frosting or other goo. Then just snap a pic of your cake- and the baking process- and email them both to us.

Email your photos, name, address and phone number to and you may be in line to win a sackful of prizes, including an Xbox, a bike, an Apple watch, top Christmas toys and much more. The closing date for entries is 14:00 GMT on Thursday 15th December 2016. First entry per email address only eligible.

The Wright Stuff elves will pick their 10 favourite cakes based on artistic merit, creativity, festiveness and originality. Then the panel on the final show of the series on 16th December 2016 will choose the ultimate winner. You must be 18 or over to submit an entry, so while children can take part, their entries need to be submitted by a parent or guardian.


Full terms:





  1. A) LG LED 43 inch TV, Nvidea shield 8-inch tablet and HP255G laptop (
  2. B) Sindy doll (Sindy), Barbie RC Flying Hoverboard (Barbie), Harry Potter Chess Set, Game of Thrones Monopoly, Dr Who Lego (, Star Wars Lego (Lego)
  3. C) The Top 12 Toys for Christmas, as chosen by the Toy Retailers Association (Dream Toys)

  1. D) Smartphone Controlled Grind and Brew Filter Coffee Machine, iKettle2.0, Drop Scale, Smart Light Bulb, plug and LED lights (Lakeland), Gtech AirRam MK2+Multi (Gtech)
  2. E) Whiskey advent calendar, gin crackers, whiskey crackers (Drinks by the Dram), Walkers shortbread Fiddich and Festive giftboxes (Walkers Shortbread), Hotel Chocolat 12 month subscription (Hotel Chocolat), Happy Christmas Hamper (The British Hamper Company)
  3. F) Voodoo mountain bike (Halfords), Gold Chrome Bluefin Swegway Hoverboard (Bluefin Hoverboards), Theatre ticket vouchers-£250 worth of shows (Today Tix)
  4. G) Apple Watch Series 1 (, Camera Drone (Maplin), Sphero BB-8, Immerse Virtual Reality Goggles, Powerup 3.0 smartphone controlled paper airplane kit (, Animal speakers (Firebox)
  5. H) Luxury Champneys Overnight Escape for Two (, The Whole Glam Lot Soap and Glory bundle (Soap and Glory), Perfume shop bundle (The Perfume Shop)
  6. I) Single Seater Race Car Driving Experience (Virgin Experience Days), Toy race car set- Anki Overdrive starter kit, Anki Overdrive NUKE Expansion Car, Anki Overdrive Expansion Track Speed Kit (Anki)
  7. J) Pets at Home bundle (Pets at Home)
  8. K) Xbox One Console FIFA 17, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Game)