Neighbours returned for its series opening today, and it didn’t exactly go to plan.
The long-running soap launched a new set of opening titles, shot against a green screen with the characters and actors names appearing on screen.
However, Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi), Colette Mann (Sheila Canning) and Zoe Cramond (Amy Williams) all had their names misspelled.
Being one of the longest running characters didn’t seem to make a different either. With Ryan, who plays Toadie wrongly credited as “Ryan Maloney”. After 22 years!
Colette has been renamed “Collette” by the titles designers, while Zoe is down as “Zoe Crammond”.
Fans quickly tweeted their dismay at the mistakes… and new titles!
If that wasn’t enough, many fans also picked up on the ‘dodgy’ green screen work, and CGI church. Which looks nothing like the one in scenes shown on the soap.
FremantleMedia have released a statement after eagle eyed fans stopped the mistakes.
“It looks like the opening credits team may have had one too many sherries over Christmas! We’d like to thank our eagle-eyed audience for spotting this.
“We’ve alerted the production team in Australia who are correcting the opening titles and we’ll have the right names in place as soon as we can. The production team have apologised to the affected cast members in the meantime.”
If that wasn’t enough mistakes for one soap return, the editors also managed to cut off one of the Brennan brothers ARMS.
You might want to get Doctor Karl onto that one…
It remains to be seen whether the titles will be re-edited, or scrapped all together.
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.