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Home and Away to celebrate 30th anniversary with ‘Endless Summer’ special

'It’s a huge honour'

By Tina Burke

With the most TV WEEK Logie Awards of any television series under their belt - a record-breaking 46 - it's safe to say Home and Away is one of Australia's most popular drama series. Of course, it's one of the longest-running drama series, too.

The H&A team are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, with the first-ever episode airing in January 1988.

In honour of the impressive milestone Channel Seven is set to air a special tribute to the show, Endless Summer – 30 Years of Home and Away, on Tuesday 17 July at 7:30pm on Channel Seven.

Hosted by Sunday Night's Steve Pennells, the anniversary presentation will reminisce on the beloved soap with the help of some of its biggest stars.

*Home and Away's* Emily Symons and Georgie Parker at the 2018 TV WEEK Logie Awards.
Home and Away's Emily Symons and Georgie Parker at the 2018 TV WEEK Logie Awards.

H&A alums Melissa George, Dannii Minogue, Kate Ritchie, Steve Peacocke, Bec Hewitt, Dieter Brummer and many more will appear in the special.

Not to mention, there's promise of a surprise reunion and astonishing revelations about the show.

Steve has shared a series of behind-the-scenes photos ahead of tonight's show, revealing he reunited Home and Away's original golden couple - Nicolle Dickson and Alex Papps - in order to surprise Ray Meagher.

Along with that sweet surprise, the cast are set to open up about the on and off-screen dramas, romances, feuds and laughs for the very first time.

The *Home and Away* cast are inducted in to the TV WEEK Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Home and Away cast are inducted in to the TV WEEK Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 2015.

The anniversary special comes off the back of H&A veteran Ray Meagher's win at the 2018 Logies.

As he accepted the award for Most Popular Actor on Sunday night, Ray thanked the show's loyal viewers for sticking with them for the past 30 years.

"It's a huge honour, the fact we've been going for 30 years and people are still watching us and still interested in the show is just wonderful," he tells TV WEEK. "It does mean a lot to us."

Ray continues, "Like everybody else we go to work every day and just do it, and you lose sight of the fact that if there weren't people out there who were watching, we don't go to work every day.

"We don't have a job if there aren't people watching us and we're incredibly grateful to all of those people who have watched us for all the years."

Endless Summer – 30 Years of Home and Away will premiere on Channel Seven on Tuesday July 17 at 7.30pm.

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