14 October 2019 20:50
Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The creator of Neighbours has died at the age of 93. Reg Watson's death was confirmed by show bosses on the soap's website. A statement posted by executive producer Jason Herbison read: "Everyone at Neighbours is sad to hear of the passing of our creator, Reg Watson. "He was a pioneer of drama, prolific in his output and by all accounts a lovely person to work with. "His legacy lives on in Ramsay Street to this day." But it wasn't just Neighbours he was known for working on.
Mr Watson created a number of other Australian dramas such as Prisoner and The Young Doctors The TV legend also worked on ITV soap Crossroads. Tributes have been paid to Mr Watson, who died after suffering a short illness, according to TV Tonight AU. "Reg Watson was a trailblazer in Australian commercial television drama," Home and Away writer and Sons and Daughters creator Bevan Lee said. "He also mentored many of its top writing and production talents over the years, including myself, John Holmes, Rick Maier, Sue Smith, Patrea Smallacombe, Greg Haddrick, Coral Drouyn, Jason Herbison and John Misto. "He also gave a start to many actors who have gone on to tread the world stage, especially through his creation Neighbours. This, Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and The Young Doctors. What a creative legacy! Why is he NOT in the Hall of Fame?" Reg was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the media, reports Digital Spy. Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia). Download the CoventryLive app Click here for iPhone and here for Android Visit our Facebook pages for Coventry and Nuneaton or visit our Twitter pages for Coventry and Nuneaton Watch our videos on YouTube and see our photos on Instagram Search for jobs, motors and property, or place an advert or family notice here