Neighbours spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Neighbours star Sharon Johal has offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how Dipi Rebecchi and Pierce Greyson's affair storyline started.
In an Instagram post, Sharon (Dipi) revealed that the plot had been "over a year in the making" and that she and Tim Robards (who played Pierce before Don Hany took over the role) had chemistry test photos taken for the network before the coronavirus pandemic.
The star shared the chemistry test pictures, with one of them showing the actors kissing in character.
Sharon also explained that at first, she was shocked when she first learned about the affair pitch.
"Up until that point, I had literally only had one or two conversations with [Pierce] and couldn’t see the connection," she said.
Sharon said of the photos: "If the pandemic didn't happen, it's likely you would've seen more of this vibe, and I often wonder how the story would've played out if we were in fact, able to touch, but these were the cards we were dealt with this year.
"As difficult as it was, I think we did a great job given the circumstances if I do say so myself."
The star concluded her post by praising everybody who worked on the storyline behind the scenes "for bringing to life this unlikely story".
"It's been such a great acting challenge in finding the truth in Dipi’s journey, moment by moment, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play this complex character, flawed but real – like most of us," she said.
In the UK, viewers will finally see Dipi and Pierce's secret relationship exposed – as Nicolette Stone (Charlotte Chimes) learns the truth and puts into motion a plan for Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly) to discover the affair for herself.
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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