From shootings (and there have been many of them) to explosions (and there have been many of them), the residents of Erinsborough's premier cul-de-sac have had more than their share of drama over the last 30 years.
Death, shark attacks, Harold Bishop returning from the dead with amnesia thinking he is now called Ted and in the Salvation Army: Ramsay Street has seen it all. Here are some of the most memorable moments.
1) Kerry Mangel is shot on a duck hunt (1990)
Nobody's last words should be "I just heard they killed two more ducks!" Still, at least for activist Kerry Mangel, she died doing what she loved: trying to protect animals.
An early bid for infamy from the Ramsay Street scriptwriters, Kerry and her unborn baby were killed off after actress Linda Hartley-Clark decided that she had had enough of the long working hours and asked to leave the programme. Kerry was the second regular character to be killed off following Daphne Clarke's demise in 1988 (whose actress had asked to be killed off. Ask and ye shall receive, apparently.)
Kerry's death also provided a platform for her on-screen husband, Joe Mangel. The actor Mark Little moved to the UK in 1991, boosted by his popularity in Neighbours, and had a career as a TV host and stand-up comic. No ducks were knowingly harmed during this stage of his career.
2) The Waterhole explodes (1993)
The Waterhole pub has had some appalling luck over the years, culminating in its total destruction in 2004 after an arson attack (see 3).
This particular cliffhanger did the unthinkable: it left two of the most popular characters, Brad and Beth (Natalie Imbruglia), trapped in the basement, and it suggested that the utterly dreadful Gaby Willis might have been caught in the blast, only for her to survive.
3) Susan Kennedy slaps Karl (1998)
While this may sound pretty tame by Neighbours standards, this was huge at the time. The Kennedy family had been introduced to Ramsay Street as a sort of human rock garden; steady, reliable and with an unshakeable parental pairing in Susan and Karl.
Then Karl ruined everything by having an affair with Sarah Beaumont who, while beautiful and charming, was definitely not a rock garden. Still, Karl is royally punished down the line with a relationship with the magnificently dastardly Izzy Hoyland.
4) Steph is left at the altar...for her sister (2002)
Erinsborough weddings are disaster magnets, a prime example of which was Steph Scully's to Marc Lambert.
Right in the middle of his vows, he glances over at Steph's sister Flick (played by pop star Holly Valance in her mandatory pre-fame turn on Ramsay Street) with whom he has been having an affair.This does not end well.
Matriarch Lynn Scully's later attempts to get Steph to forgive Flick fall on deaf ears, and understandably so.
5) Lassiter's fire (2004)
Neighbours saw out the year by burning the Lassiter's complex, which included Lou Carpenter's bar Lou's Place (formerly the Waterhole), and Harold Bishop's much-loved Coffee Shop, to the ground, and seeing the return of the debonair-but-dastardly Paul Robinson. This later turned out to be no coincidence, because Paul, who once owned and run Lassiter's, was responsible for the fire.
6) Newly-weds Toadie and Dee drive off a cliff (2003)
Jared "Toadfish" Rebecchi gave a textbook example of how not to drive off into a life of wedded bliss, when he took his eyes off the road to kiss his new bride Dee and drove their car off the side of a cliff – a cliff that must have been fairly well-signposted, and didn't just turn up out of nowhere because the scriptwriters needed a cliffhanger, right?
There was a rather wonderful rumour doing the rounds on Neighbours forums last year that the scriptwriters might bring back Dee with a case of Ramsay Street amnesia, following in the well-trodden footsteps of Harold Bishop (back after five years in the Salvation Army thinking he was called Ted), as well as less severe cases (Susan Kennedy, thinking she is 16 after slipping on some milk, inter alia).
7) The plane crash (2005)
Neighbours celebrated its 20th anniversary by putting most of Ramsay Street on a plane to Tasmania, and then crashing it. One can only hope that for its 30th anniversary, it sticks to the traditional pearl.
Harold Bishop's son David was killed in the plane crash along with wife Liljana and daughter Serena, although only David's body was ever found. Harold blamed Paul Robinson, who had organised the lavish holiday to celebrate 20 years of the Lassiter's complex, inviting employees and Ramsay Street residents. This blame did not end well for Paul (see 8).
8) Harold Bishop strangles Paul Robinson (2005)
"Robinson won't quit until he's taken my last breath," mutters Harold in a thrillingly Shakespearean voice over, as he staggers over to Paul Robinson's house to put an end to him.
Harold blamed Paul for a plane crash in which three of his relatives died. While Paul arguably deserved a good strangling – he has, over the years, provided the Ramsay Street area with enough whiffs of brimstone to fuel a Jo Malone devil range – it wasn't technically within Harold's remit as Beloved Long-Term Cast Member to put an end to him.
Paul survived, Harold later confessed to him, and Paul forgave him, because this is Neighbours, and if you can't forgive a Beloved Long-Term Cast Member, you may as well ask the scriptwriters to have your character shot.
9) Toadie's third wedding explodes (2013)
Oh honestly, the poor love. As if it weren't enough that his first wife went off a cliff, Toadie went on to a sham marriage with his old flame Steph Scully [amazingly convoluted plot synopsis here], and in 2013, his third wedding to his true love Sonya Mitchell ended up with a gas canister exploding at the reception leading to two of the guests dying. Awkward.
10) The Erinsborough Tornado (2014)
The tornado storyline, apparently set up following the good reaction to 2013's wedding explosion, turned Ramsay Street and its environs into a nightmare that sort of resembled Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs.
As Lou Carpenter lies trapped and in need of an emergency tracheotomy, Dr Karl Kennedy gives his ex-wife Susan guidance over the phone, while gently jogging the viewer's memory about stuff that happened a very long time ago ("Do you remember the time I had to save Mal?").
One reviewer in Australia quipped that the storyline was marginally more believable than Toadie's ability "to bed hot chicks".
11) Kate Ramsay is shot on her engagement day (2014)
After 29 years of outré exits, "female Neighbours cast member is killed" is barely worth raising an eyebrow for. But this is Paul Robinson's fault, again! Shortly after he set fire to the Lassiter's complex in 2004, he killed eyewitness Gus Cleary, leaving his body to burn. Gus's brother Victor shoots Kate, Paul's niece, with a rifle in retaliation. The fact that he chose to wait 10 years and do it three minutes after she had become engaged shows an impressive coldness of heart on a par with Paul.
12) Bonus: deaths and exits (30-year extravaganza)
Pour yourself a giant mug of nostalgia with this half-hour compilation of deaths and farewells. As well as explosions, murders and the sadder, quieter moments, it also features everyone from Kylie and Jason to Harold Bishop disappearing for five years into the sea ("Now you be careful on those rocks, they can be slippy").
You can take a break from sorrow to cheer for the demise of Julie Martin, one of the most appalling characters ever to appear on the programme (16:50).
My colleague Geraldine Cooper has done the Ramsay Street maths. So far there has been "30 years, 41 weddings, 35 deaths, two resurrections and no fewer than three cases of temporary blindness". Neighbours, if your writing team doesn't have a nervous breakdown before then, here's to another 30 years. It has been a joy.