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More away than home for TV soap star bride Selina.

Stars of the smash-hit Australian television soap opera Home and Away failed to bring the sunny weather along with them during a day of filming in the Midlands yesterday.

Four members of the hit shows cast swapped the sun-drenched beaches of Summer Bay for the historic town of Ironbridge, Shropshire, on the popular ITV shows first ever shoot outside Australia.

And in the story, which UK viewers will have to wait until Easter to see, the towns famous bridge is the setting for a re-kindling of lost love.

It follows a bizarre storyline in which bride-to-be Selina (Tempany Deckert) is snatched on her wedding day by a cult leader.

After a dramatic rescue, she decides to set off on a trip around the world leaving groom Steven (Adam Willits) in the lurch. The tale twists and turns in time-honoured soap fashion until sexy Selina ends up in Britain but thats after another twist in the already twisted storyline in which she ends up contracting a serious bout of malaria in Africa

Co-star Marilyn (Emily Symonds) and Irene (Lynn McGranger) get a frantic call to Summer Bay and decide to rush to her aid, eventually flying out with hapless Steven in tow.

But the chill of the English winter does nothing to cool down the passions of the Aussies.

And, in typical soap style, love blossoms amid the falling leaves and frosts and Selina falls into Stevens arm.

The cast, fortified by hot water bottles and thick blankets, filmed around the area for one week and Emily Symonds took a break from panto rehearsals at the Birmingham Hippodrome to film the scenes.

Emily, who is appearing in Goldilocks and The Three Bears alongside Frank Bruno, said of Ironbridge: "I think this is what a lot of Australians think Britain is like.

"Ive not had the chance to drive outside until now but I think it is very quaint and pretty.

"We are all quite surprised by all the fuss the filming has caused. We feel a bit like the Spice Girls."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 13, 1998
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