Neighbours: Channel 5 soap to get high school spin-off Erinsborough High

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The Australian TV soap opera Neighbours is going to be getting a high school spin off.

Neighbours: Erinsborough High will be a five-episode series focusing on the teenage cast during their final exams.

It won't be on TV but will be streamed on Channel 5's My5 app.

Bosses of the series, which will be filmed in Melbourne in Australia, say the aim is to explore issues that are relevant to a younger audience.

Each of the 22-minute episodes will feature cast members from the regular Neighbours show, alongside brand new faces.

The show's creators say they want to look at issues that affect young people at school like bullying, mental health, cultural diversity, parental and peer pressure, and how teachers and students get on.

Mackenzie Hargraves (Georgie Stone) is the first transgender character on Neighbours

It's not the only way that the show is trying to reflect the issues that affect younger viewers.

They recently introduced their first transgender character Mackenzie Hargraves.

Mackenzie is played by 19-year-old Georgie Stone who approached the show and said she should be in it!

Her storyline will include her fight to be accepted in school and having her classmates stand up for her right to use the female bathrooms.

Neighbours also screened Australian TV's first gay wedding in 2018.

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