The soap opera world is tilting precariously on its axis today, with the shock news that Kate Ritchie, who has played Sally in Home and Away since its very first episode, has confirmed that she is leaving the show after nineteen years.
The last series of the show, which is currently on its traditional summer break in Australia, ended with her character in a life-or-death situation (we won’t go into too many details here; the episode won’t air here in the UK until sometime next year), and a music video compilation of Ritchie’s two decades on the show. Home and Away’s parent channel, Seven, have remained tight-lipped about the character’s eventual fate, but Ritchie has confirmed to the Herald Sun that whatever happens, she won’t be back as Sally:
It’s been a fantastic experience, but now I think I might be ready to look past that. In order to grow creatively you need to spread your wings. While the public might have me typecast, I know in my heart I’m not just that little girl who grew up on Home and Away.
Naturally, the compilation video has made its way on to YouTube, and is presented for your delectation below.