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Reg Watson stated that he pitched the idea of Neighbours to Channel Seven in 1984. It was often stated by the man himself and it was only after this that he got down to working on the scripts, characters, etc. Which would mean that Neighbours was created in the years 1984-1986 (allowing the revamp following the move to a new channel). This article puzzles me greatly as 1984 isn't mentioned, and Mr Watson often stated the fact - the show did not spend two years in pre-production! The 'created in the early-to-mid 1980s' tag is obviously wrong - 'mid-1980s' (1984-1986) is obviously correct. Even if Mr Watson pitched the idea of a soap opera about a street to another channel in 1982 (pitches are vague outlines, without characters and detail), the creative process of what became 'Neighbours' only began in 1984 (mid-1980s).

'In pitching the show to Seven and Ten I blithely said, “This concept can run for twenty years”. I knew from the looks on their faces that they thought they'd heard it all before.' - Reg Watson. No other mentions of 'pitching' - and the first script of Neighbours, dated 1984, is available on the 'Perfect Blend' site and elsewhere.

( (talk) 21:58, 12 May 2018 (UTC))