Like many I have watched Neighbours since it first started when I was a kid and although I watch it nearly every day it's sad to admit it is past it's peak. Things started going pear-shaped since around 2000 after we lost Billy, Anne, Lance, Sarah Beaumont, Amy and eventually Paul and Joel. There seemed to be a real feeling of fun and togetherness until these guys left and then it fell flat on it's arse. Then they bought in the Hancocks as a replacement. What a success that was! Thankfully they couldn't afford to stay and left but it still seems disintegrated and formulaic now with most of the cast seeming nice but characterless and all much the same. It also seems to be nearly exclusively filmed in the same places and during the day now which takes away somewhat from the atmosphere. Get some new writers please! Or at least bring out the late 90's episodes on DVD so we can reminisce of Billy & Anne's eventful camping trip, Paul and Harold's debut as the ear shattering Tuba Electrica, and games of cricket out on the street.