Shane Withington reveals the secret behind Home and Away’s ongoing success 

He’s the actor who has portrayed John Palmer on Home and Away for over ten years.

And Shane Withington has revealed why the popular Australian soap is relentlessly successful.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Monday, the 60-year-old revealed that the show has ‘a capacity to reinvent itself’.

'We write a feature film a week': Actor Shane Withington (pictured) revealed the secret behind Home and Away's ongoing success during an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Monday

‘We write a feature film a week’: Actor Shane Withington (pictured) revealed the secret behind Home and Away’s ongoing success during an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Monday

‘In 10 years it’s gone from strength to strength, it has capacity to reinvent itself and stay at the forefront of whatever is happening. It’s perennial,’ he told the publication.

Shane added that Home and Away writes a whopping two and a half hours worth of scenes per week – which shockingly amounts to one feature film a week.

‘To write a feature film a week is an extraordinary amount… Sometimes a thin story line might slip through,’ he said. 

'In 10 years it's gone from strength to strength, it has capacity to reinvent itself and stay at the forefront of whatever is happening. It's perennial,' he told the publication. Pictured: Shane on Home and Away

‘In 10 years it’s gone from strength to strength, it has capacity to reinvent itself and stay at the forefront of whatever is happening. It’s perennial,’ he told the publication. Pictured: Shane on Home and Away

Shane also gushed over the amount of ‘hard-hitting issues’ explored in Home and Away.

‘We’ve dealt with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), coming out as being gay in a small town, bullying, anorexia, dealing with a major injury… that’s not usual of a soap – and I’m proud of that,’ he said.

And Shane, who initially shot to fame on A Country Practice, has portrayed surf lifeguard John Palmer on Home and Away for the last ten years.  

'That's not usual of a soap - and I'm proud of that': Shane also gushed over the amount of 'hard-hitting issues' explored in Home and Away. Pictured: Shane on Home and Away

‘That’s not usual of a soap – and I’m proud of that’: Shane also gushed over the amount of ‘hard-hitting issues’ explored in Home and Away. Pictured: Shane on Home and Away

In June last year, Shane slammed reality TV shows and ‘cheap’ productions for putting broadcast television at risk of going online.

Speaking to Starts at 60, he said: ‘[The TV industry] has changed dramatically. There is a lot more reality television which I think is a deep shame.’

‘Our dramas are in crisis, children’s TV is in crisis because people want to make cheap TV, cheap reality shows that don’t cost a lot,’ he candidly added.

‘Broadcast TV will come to an end. I’ll see the end in my career I think. Our show will survive if it goes online, a bit like Netflix… But there’s just something romantic about the term ‘going to air’.” 

'Broadcast TV will come to an end. I'll see the end in my career I think': And in June last year, Shane slammed reality TV shows and 'cheap' productions for putting broadcast television at risk of going online

‘Broadcast TV will come to an end. I’ll see the end in my career I think’: And in June last year, Shane slammed reality TV shows and ‘cheap’ productions for putting broadcast television at risk of going online

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