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Bedtime blues.

Eleven million Neighbours fans have missed out on some sizzling scenes - thanks to censors at the BBC.

The Beeb has been toning down the steamy scenes in the schoolkids' favourite soap - which is screened at 5.30pm.

Earlier this month they appointed an extra "editorial executive" with special responsibility for checking it for "taste, decency, sex and violence".

The Aussie makers, Reg Grundy TV, say: "The BBC took out a whole storyline this month because they thought it was getting too raunchy."

It told of the love affair between schoolchildren Billy Kennedy (Jesse Spencer) and Melissa (Aimee Robinson).

Viewers saw a wholesome boy-meets-girl affair - but not some raunchy scenes in which the 15-year- olds ended up in bed. But the Daily Mirror has exclusive details of what ended up on the cutting-room floor.

Because their parents fear that the relationship is getting too serious, Billy and Melissa promise "celibacy and restraint". But they can't keep their hands off each other, and head for Billy's bedroom.

Grundy says: "When it comes to the crunch Billy can't go through with it. Melissa flees in tears and Billy is convinced she will want nothing to do with him after his flop in bed."

Other saucy Ramsay Street scenes viewers can expect to miss out on in the coming months include:

DOC Karl Kennedy agonising about son Mal (Benji McNair) having sex with his school-age lover Danielle Stark (Eliza Szonert) under his roof.

ANNALISE (Kimberley Davies) being caught wearing just a sheet with another man by her lover Sam.

SCHOOLGIRL Libby Kennedy (Kym Valentine) telling boyfriend Sonny (Tom Hutchings) that she's a virgin and wants to wait for sex. But he goes ahead and books a motel room anyway.

AN AFFAIR between teenager Brett Stark (Brett Blewitt) and 34-year-old divorced mum Judy.

The stories in Neighbours have hotted up since the innocent days of Scott and Charlene - the squeaky-clean teenage lovers played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue.

Two years after the BBC had their knuckles rapped when Julie Martin dressed up as a sexy schoolgirl to seduce her husband, sexpot Annalise and her bubbly sister Joanna (Emma Harrison) have turned up the temperature by having affairs with the same man.

The girls have been at war over hunky Mark Gottlieb (Bruce Samazan), whom Annalise lured away from a career in the church.

Now the BBC have decided to keep a closer eye on the soap.

A BBC spokesman explains: "It goes out at a later time in Australia, so some episodes need `tweaking' to make them acceptable."

SUE MALINS
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 1996
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