Neighbours’ Jim Robinson to return from the dead on Christmas Day after 25 years

Neighbours fans will get a fes­­­­tive treat as Jim Robinson returns from the dead on Christmas Day.

The Aussie soap killed off the character 25 years ago after actor Alan Dale rowed with bosses about pay.

The Ramsay Street icon, back in an episode airing on December 25, said of his shock return: “It has laid a load of ghosts to rest for me.”

Father-of-four Jim – whose children included Scott and Paul Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Stefan Dennis – died of a heart attack in 1993.

He had been with the soap from its 1985 launch and was a household name.

But after his exit, Dale said of bosses: “They are greedy and nasty. I used to fight them all the time.”

Neighbours' Jim Robinson to return from the dead on Christmas Day after 25 years

The character was killed off in 1993
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Dale, 71, carved out a Hollywood career and his TV roles include 24, The West Wing, Lost, Ugly Betty, The OC, NCIS, Dynasty, The X-Files, Entourage and ER.

Among his film credits are Star Trek: Nemesis, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Captain America.

But the man clearly used to incredible storylines is tight-lipped about how Jim is coming back.

Neighbours' Jim Robinson to return from the dead on Christmas Day after 25 years

Robinson and fellow character Gaby Willis
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Dale said: “How can I be back? I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise so I’m not going to say much except I was thrilled to be there! I am working with my dear old friend Stefan.

“It’s fun, I hope everyone’s going to enjoy it.”

Rumours are rife that he will pop up in a dream sequence – or as a kind of Ghost of Christmas Past.

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