Shortland Street celebrates 20 years on air

MARIKA HILL
Last updated 20:02 25/05/2012

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Shortland Street stars from past and present dazzled fans as they graced the red carpet to celebrate the soap’s 20th anniversary.

Champagne was served and stilettos clicked across the floor as our most well-known doctors and nurses partied at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre on Friday night.

Some characters even the rose from the Shortland Street grave for the lavish affair, including Carmen (Theresa Healey) and Shanti (Nisha Madhan).

Our most famous mumsy receptionist Marj, played by Elizabeth McRae, also returned for the party.

The usual suspects scrubbed up for the event as well, such as Gerald Urquhart (quirky anaesthetist Luke Durville), Beth Allen (Dr Brooke Freeman) and the notorious Jeffries.

More than 200 people gather at the celebration, drinking Moet and gossiping over plot twists spanning two-decades.

TVNZ drama commissioner Kathleen Anderson told the crowd the show is one of New Zealand’s most loved and iconic series.

The actors and fans then broke into a massive "Happy Birthday" chorus for the show.

To many people's relief the glitzy event was far from a typical Shortland Street fictional party.
 
No murders, medical emergencies nor scandalous affairs have been reported. Yet.

Shortland Street has beamed more than 5000 nail-biting episodes to New Zealand screens since 1992.

More than 750,000 people tuned in to Shortland Street's 20th anniversary special on Monday night, which featured a helicopter crash in the hospital car park and Dr Chris Warner being framed for murder.

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- Fairfax Media

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