Friday 21 September 2018

Neighbours to air first same-sex wedding on Australian TV

The soap will feature the nuptials of Aaron Brennan and David Tanaka.

Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda (Channel 5/PA))
Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda (Channel 5/PA))

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Neighbours will feature Australian TV’s first same-sex wedding, it has been confirmed.

The soap will air the nuptials of Aaron Brennan, played by Matt Wilson and David Tanaka, played by Takaya Honda, in September.

Newly released images show Aaron and David at their wedding ceremony, joined by Australian actress and LGBT rights activist Magda Szubanski, who officiated the wedding.

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(Matt Wilson, Magda Szubanski and Takaya Honda (Channel 5)

It will be the first same-sex wedding on an Australian TV show after same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia in December 2017.

Wilson said: “We are both ecstatic to be part of this huge moment in Australian television and it stands alone as the highlight of my career.

“This storyline means a lot to me, to my friends and to all the fans we hear from on a daily basis here and in the UK who love Aaron and David.

Honda added: “It is an absolute privilege to be a part of what is and will be a historic moment in Australian television.

“There have been so many parts of David’s story that have given me a great sense of pride and which have been an absolute honour to portray; from discovering Paul was his dad, to his coming out to now marrying the man of his dreams in what will be the first legal gay wedding on a drama.”

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(Channel 5)

Jason Herbison, executive producer on the soap, said show bosses had been working on the storyline for a long time.

He continued: “During that time, our country was trapped in a divisive referendum.

“Would our story about love and equality even be legal by the time it aired?  Thankfully love won and we’re very excited for viewers to see this iconic moment come to life on screen.”

Neighbours airs from Monday to Friday at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

Press Association

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