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Soap stars Anne Charleston and Ian Smith are back ... five years after they looked all washed-up.

The Neighbours favourites, who played odd couple Madge and Harold, return to Ramsay Street in a preposterous plot that brings him back from the dead.

It's the biggest soap comeback since Bobby Ewing stepped out of the shower to

discover that all the Dallas drama had been a dream.

All the Neighbours watchers had thought that Harold had gone to a watery grave when he was swept away by the surf.

Now, years later, we find out that he survived. He was washed up on a Tasmanian beach and - as a result of the accident - lost his memory.

But when Madge discovers that Harold is still alive, he has absolutely no knowledge of their life together or his days on Ramsay Street.

And, as Anne Charleston revealed, the confusion creates some comic situations.

She said: "There's one scene where Madge tries to seduce Harold. But he says: `Look, I'm terribly sorry, but you're just not my type.'"

During her spell on Neighbours, husky-voiced Anne became one of the soap's biggest stars.

Since quitting to do other things, she's made her home in Ireland and has concentrated on theatre work.

Next week, Scots fans can see her in Inverness in a theatre tour of the play, The Surprise Party. Anne's happy with life on this side of the world and admits that she had some doubts about returning to the Aussie soap. She said: "I was a bit apprehensive because it had been a long time.

"I wondered whether I had lost track of Madge. But Ian and I slipped back into the roles quite comfortably.

"Luckily, there has always been a spark between us on screen and I think it has worked again second time round."

ANNE was persuaded back to Oz after another project collapsed. At first the deal was just for a 14-week stint on Neighbours.

But the combination of Anne and Ian has clicked again and they're going back in June for another six months of filming. Anne said: "I was very flattered to be asked back to Neighbours.

"It really annoys me that actors who've been in a show like this try to pretend that it never happened.

"I think that anybody who, like me, has had a regular role in Neighbours has done well from it.

"Now I have the best of all possible worlds. I have a home in Ireland, I'm working on stage in Britain and I'm going back to Australia at the end of the month to do some more Neighbours.

"I have a full year's work ahead of me and an actor can't ask for more."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 10, 1997
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