The Forresters Down Under! That’s what’s happening in February this year when the cast and crew of the popular daytime soapie, The Bold and the Beautiful, makes its way to Australia to film special anniversary episodes.
As the world’s most watched daily drama, it’s only fitting that Australia feature in special episodes, with the series celebrating its 30th year of existence, officially on 23rd March, buoyed by Australian fans and fans worldwide. The Bold and the Beautiful is broadcast in over 100 countries including the United States, Italy, France, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland and Fiji.
Australian national carrier Qantas will fly the cast from Los Angeles, in much the same they have done for several other US-based TV productions like The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Modern Family. These ties to pop culture help bring Australia to the spotlight.
Confirmed actors appearing in these special episodes include Ashleigh Brewer (“Ivy”), Scott Clifton (“Liam”), Don Diamont (“Bill”), Thorsten Kaye (“Ridge”), Katherine Kelly Lang (“Brooke”), John McCook (“Eric”), Rena Sofer (“Quinn”) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (“Steffy”). Brewer, who played Kate Ramsay on Network TEN’s Neighbours, will join other Aussie celebs scheduled to feature in these episodes.
The Bold and The Beautiful‘s Head Writer and Executive Producer, Bradley Bell, is excited to bring all the romance, unbelievable plot twists and major cliffhangers to these important episodes. “This will be an epic celebration for our fans around the world. We are preparing to film the most glamorous location shoot in soap opera history”.
Network TEN Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, says, “We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the cast and crew from The Bold and the Beautiful to Australia. In a year when the show is celebrating 30 years on television, it is wonderful that they will film in some of Australia’s most iconic locations, showcasing our beautiful country to the world”.
The Bold and The Beautiful holds the record for being the the most popular Daytime TV soap opera, with an estimated global audience of more than 30 million people per episode.
The show has travelled to Australia before (for a location shoot in 2007). They’ve also travelled to Italy (Venice, Lake Como, Portofino and Puglia), Amsterdam, Paris, Monaco, St. Thomas, Barbados, Mexico, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In 2015, Network Ten signed a historic lifetime programming deal for the show to stay on the channel for the entire run of the series. Episodes first went to air on TEN on November 23, 1987, where generations of Australians now tune in to watch years of life compacted into a few episodes.