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Summer 1991 - Neighbours magazine ad

For many, British television in the '80s and early '90s was dominated by a foreign menace, one that threatened our very existence - or at least that of our social lives during a particular half-hour slot in the mid-afternoon.

This terror was Neighbours, the Australian soap that brought us the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce and, um, Harold from Neighbours.

Such was Neighbours' appeal that a computer game version was released for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Atari ST, and Amiga, featuring some of Ramsey Street's finest characters.

Oddly, it was a racing game. Playing as Paul Robinson, players had to ride their skateboard around four different circuits, while avoiding manholes, Mrs Mangel, her dog Bouncer and kangaroos. Yes, kangaroos.

The game was even featured on the GamesMaster TV show as part of its weekly celebrity challenge. Ashley Paske (who played Matt Robinson on the show) was tasked with playing the game but he failed when a kangaroo forced him to swerve onto the grass, knocking him off his skateboard. Video games.

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