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2016 – Oh what a lovely (busy) year!

2016 has been an amazingly eventful and exciting year for me.

In conjunction with Red Touch Media I succeeded in getting  Travel/Photography show called Photo Number 6 into production for 8 episodes in 2017, co-produced a short film called Dying for a Laugh, recorded another monologue for the Second season of web series Shakespeare Republic and, of course, had another wonderful year working the best job imaginable….Neighbours. 

All the news below and don’t forget to download free Christmas music at this link!

FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC DOWNLOADS HERE

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Another fun filled year of mayhem on the Neighbours’ set with new cast joining, sadly some departures and some brilliant storylines. The year finished cloaked in the mystery of Dee Bliss returning promising to make the start to 2017 explosive. As we closed the year I witnessed some of the finest performances the show has ever seen being recorded. I guarantee they will reduce you to tears next year.

Of course Neighbours has a summer hiatus in Australia and the UK. To keep the interest going we created a series of short episodes called “Summer Stories”. Written by Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins) and shot by our brilliant digital team, the episodes can be viewed on TenPlay in Australia at this link TENPLAY SUMMER STORIES

UK and other International viewers can see the episodes on the Neighbour’s facebook page. NEIGHBOURS OFFICIAL FACEBOOK

Dying for a Laugh

 

I co-produced my first short film with close friends Stig Wemyss and Abbe Holmes of Mezzanine Productions. Starring legendary Australian comic actors Marty Fields and Darren Gilshenan the film will be around 13 minutes long and hit the festival circuit next year.

You can keep track of the film’s progress at the Dying for a Laugh Facebook Page. Please visit and LIKE us.
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Photo Number 6

 

p6-fletchI started the year creating a pilot for a new Travel/Photography show called Photo Number 6 with Red Touch Media. In each episode of the programme I seek out and photograph 5 distinct experiences throughout the world and select one photo to sum up each of those experiences. THEN, I must select just one photo to sum up the whole trip – Photo Number 6.

The brilliant news is that we go into production of 8 one hour episodes in April 2017. I am beyond excited about this opportunity to combine two of my passions – travel and photography. I will be making regular updates on filming progress and hope you will get involved through social media and alanfletcher.net

Shakespeare Republic

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Some of you may know I was one of six performers who contributed a Shakespeare monologue to the first season of a web series produced by Shakespeare Republic. The reaction to this series internationally was phenomenal. We were accepted into 22 film festivals winning 8 awards.

Season 2 of Shakespeare Republic has just been launched with the first video (Stephen Costan as Queen Margaret) live right now. My monologue (Jaques from As You Like It) will appear next year. Please keep an eye on the website http://shakespearerepublic.com

and you won’t miss any of the news if you like our Facebook page

SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC FACEBOOK

So that’s that for 2016. I hope you have all had a brilliant year and, if not , 2017 brings joy, good health and happiness.

FLETCH

P.S Don’t forget to download free Christmas music at this link!

FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC DOWNLOADS HERE

P.P.S.  I am always asked what is my favourite episode of Neighbours. In past years I have struggled to choose but not anymore! Episode 7000 from 2014 takes the cake! Winning and losing money, collecting lemons for lemon curd and getting nude over at Toadies made for an hysterical romp! If you have never seen this episode or would like to re-visit it you can watch the official video here: YouTube Preview Image

Biggest Neighbours week EVER!

Two Deaths. Two Shock Returns.

From Monday April 4 Neighbours is promising viewers one of the biggest weeks in the show’s history. For many months the entire production team has worked overtime to craft and shoot a series of episodes that will shake Erinsborough to the core.

Who will die as disaster strikes? Why has Sarah Beaumont, Erinsborough’s notorious home wrecker, returned? Georgia Brooks is back, what does that mean for Kyle? Who are the two mysterious strangers who arrive in this dramatic week?

Special one hour episodes have been created to fully explore these momentous stories. In the UK Channel FIVE will screen a special one hour episode at 10pm on Monday 4th April. In Australia Channel ELEVEN will have a special one hour episode for fans screening from 6:30 to 7:30pm on April 5.

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Why are these episodes so special?

To quote the show’s executive producer Jason Herbison:

“Every episode next week sees brand new stories unfold, including returning characters, mysterious strangers and jeopardy for all our beloved favourites. The fallout will be felt for months to come.”

Here is a sneak peak of what’s in store. Please don’t miss these episodes if you love Neighbours. When the cast and crew viewed them several weeks ago there was not a dry eye in the house!

(YouTube clip may not play outside Australia. UK viewers can read all about Hotel Death Trap at this link:)

Hotel Death Trap Week

 

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Jennifer Hansen is Making Headlines

Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen

My wonderful wife, Jennifer Hansen, has been displaying her skills as a talented journalist and newsreader for more than 30 years on Australian television, radio, in print media and as a blogger.

Now she’s adding one more string to her bow – AUTHOR!

MAKING HEADLINES is a cracking and sometimes raunchy tale that centres on Rachael Bentley, journalist and aspiring newsreader. Is this an autobiography I hear you ask? No, it isn’t.  However, Jen has drawn upon all of her experiences in news to flesh out a tale of full of explosive scenarios.

After eight years of toil Harper Collins Australia has published Jennifer Hansen’s first novel – MAKING HEADLINES.

Check out the Book trailer to get a feel for the story:

 

Making Headlines

Making Headlines

Rachael Bentley’s journey sees her pitched against egos in the newsroom, office politics, rampant sexism and a mystery stalker. Juggling a messy personal life doesn’t help either, nor does the emotional impact of reporting on life’s tragedies. When it all takes a toll and Rachel starts partying too hard, she finds herself making the headlines instead of reading them.

Will she survive a world where dreams are shattered daily and will she find the man who can help her keep her soul?

Making Headlines was officially launched on February 4, at the Brighton Hotel in Melbourne and, as you can see below, many of Jen’s famous friends and supporters were on hand to celebrate her achievement.

Harper Collins Australia has published the novel as an eBook available for download right now through HarperImpulse.

At only $2.99 you can’t go wrong with this entertaining and spicy novel!  BUY HERE.

Novel contains coarse language and some sex scenes.

 

Neighbours Stars shine in Frankie and Johnny

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing two of my Neighbour’s work mates create moving and powerful performances on stage in Melbourne. They appear in the title roles of the play “Frankie and Johnny in the clair de lune” written by Terrence McNally.

Kate Kendall (Frankie) and Damien Richardson (Johnny) are actors loved by viewers of Neighbours, she for her depiction of Lauren Turner , he as Gary Canning.

However, both of these talented performers also have television, film and theatre credits that establish them as amongst the most versatile and accomplished performers in our industry.

Fankie and Johnnie-42 copy copyThe play is brilliantly directed by another much loved member of the Neighbour’s cast Colette Mann (Sheila Canning).

The script  deals with love and the search for intimacy and connection between two people. From an evening of casual sex Johnny is convinced he has discovered his soul mate whilst Frankie is unconvinced and troubled by his intensity. Their passionate, fiery and intense journey to an understanding about each other and themselves is simply riveting.

I write to encourage everyone to see this play before it closes on November 29 because it presents a rare opportunity to see excellent work directed and performed at the highest level.

Bookings and more information available here: Frankie and Johnny – 45 Downstairs

Please note this performance contains full frontal nudity, coarse language and strong sex scenes.

Here is a review from the Herald Sun in Melbourne: REVIEW

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Flashback to 1994 – Alan’s Showreel

So, At work the other day I was handed a copy of the showreel I submitted to Grundy Television in 1994 as my application to audition for Neighbours. To be honest I had forgotten all about it.

What was I thinking?! Even then I couldn’t resist the temptation to send myself up. The video features a skit from the hit Aussie comedy show Fast Forward entitled “Reach for the Bucket” , scenes from the ABC drama “Embassy” in which I appeared for three seasons, the feature film “Gross Misconduct” with Jimmy Smits,  the mini-series’ “All the Rivers Run 2” and “Snowy”, the NBC Telemovie “Mercy Mission” with Scott Bakula and the feature film “Beyond My Reach”.

The video also features my beautiful wife Jennifer Hansen in her guise as newsreader for Channel 10 Melbourne.

Enjoy a little blast from the past!

 

Big Day for Robin Hood

Robin Hood Sparkles in Dunstable.

The Magic Beans Pantomimes production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood opens it’s season on December 12 at the wonderful Grove Theatre in Dunstable.

A few days before opening the cast took to the streets of the town on a flat bed truck to spread the Christmas Sparkle message.

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We travelled all over Dunstable visiting sponsors like Specsavers, Costa, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The response from the citizens of Dunstable was warm and appreciative with much hilarity when Steve Hewlett’s “dummy” Arthur Lager chatted up the lady folk!

A huge highlight for me was meeting a gentleman who had a copy of the programme from my 2002 panto season in St Albans.

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It was a hugely successful  day culminating in a special Christmas Sparkle concert in Grove Park.

Here’s some pics of the day.

 

It’s Beginning to look a lot like (Panto) Christmas

A White Christmas?

My bags are packed, passport is in the pocket. UK here I come for pantomime in Dunstable. Question is …. Will it Snow, Will it Snow , Will it SNOW?”

I am really looking forward to another Festive Season in the UK working with great mates on a fun show. If you are anywhere near Bedfordshire I would love to see you at the show. I will be posting regular panto diaries. All the deets on my panto HERE.

Now, last Christmas I made this video of the Xmas song I wrote and performed with The Pacific Belles ” If You Want a Happy Christmas”

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This year the song remains available on iTunes BUT I am including a CD copy in every personalised Christmas Card I am sending out.

My Christmas Package of card and CD for only £10:00 (Only £8.50 for my subscribers) is proving a big hit. If you are looking for a cute, reasonably priced gift for friends or family look no further!

You can purchase HERE.

Merry (Panto) Christmas!

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Big Month for Neighbours and Music

My Big Month

The last four weeks have been a wonderful creatively. The crowning event has been the 20th Anniversary episode of the Kennedy family arrival on Ramsay Street. The episode ran on Australian TV on October 3rd and on UK TV on October 17. I hope you managed to catch it. If not it is worth a look if only for all the fun and saucy flashbacks covering 20 years of the family’s involvement with the fabulous Neighbours. My time on the show has been the highlight of my career and every day I count my blessings for the opportunities and professional satisfaction the programme has brought me.

I have created a Dr Karl Kennedy page on this website to celebrate our 20 years with lots of fun photos and interesting links.

You can view that here: http://wp.me/P4xVQG-9h

20 Happy On-screen years

Musically things have been as fun as they have been varied.

I joined with the Pacific Belles and the U.F.O. (Ukelele Family Orchestra) to record a version of the old Bing Crosby/ Andrews Sisters classic “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” This project was to support fundraising for Creativity Australia’s support of community singing.

Here’s our work for your enjoyment:

Lastly I stepped into the Fox FM Studios in Melbourne to record a cover version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” for the Fifi and Dave Breakfast show.

Here’s how that came out.

http://www.fox.com.au/shows/fifi-dave/videos/dr-karl-sings-taylor-swifts-shake-it-off/#ooid=M1M3l5cDoCXrllqVfO__-kU8MmTgF044 …

I hope you are enjoying Neighbours and my website news.

Coming up…. I’m am off to gig in Iceland!

 

 

 

Neighbour’s Cast rise to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Neighbours Cast get wet for ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the world raising much needed funding for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In the UK participants donate funds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

For the uninitiated the challenge involves dumping a bucket of icy water over the participant’s head. The participant, ideally,  also makes a donation toward research.

Saskia Hampele (Georgia Brooks in Neighbours) nominated me to Thanks Rebekah Elmaloglou, Harley Bonner and Tim Phillipps for the help. (If you look closely you can see Tim’s reflected wave in the Grease Monkey’s window as he films.)be involved and this is the result.

If you are nominated for the challenge join in and have some fun – but don’t forget that the object is to raise money!

Check out Stefan Dennis and Rebekah Elmalogolou’s combined challenge.

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Here’s some more from

Saskia Hampele   http://instagram.com/p/sB2L9BTXx6/ 

Ariel Kaplan http://instagram.com/p/sCG616rbvV/ 

and Scott Major.

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Neighbours for Inside Soap Awards 2014?

Inside Soap Award nominations honour for Neighbours.

Nominations for the Inside Soap Awards 2014 have just been announced and Neighbours has been recognised in two categories. The show has been nominated for best Daytime Soap and Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Chris Milligan and Jenna Rosenow for best Daytime Star.

FletchJAckieWe would love you to vote for us!

Voting Link:

https://www.demographix.com/surveys/2KVG-RM5T/AEEMYXKF/

Best Daytime Star

Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy)

Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy)

Chris Milligan (Kylie Canning)

Jenna Rosenow (Amber Turner)

and Best Daytime soap for Neighbours