Apart from one new arrival who I know is in it for the long haul, I don't remember the others at all (even though the S&D website tells me that one of the faces I'm blanking on will be around for the best part of 200 episodes). It gives me hope that the screen time will be minimal as we go along and normal service will be resumed imminently.I had hoped this would not happen before episode 600 or so! New characters can be very hit or miss, I guess they just tried a little bit of everything.
I don't mind the occasional dud or miscast, as long as they don't get too much screen time.
True. I think they work anyway when they're well-integrated and strike a good balance of interacting with the more experienced actors. John, Angela, Jill, Kevin, Peter Healy and Tony spring to mind as characters who've had some cracking scenes with the old pros.As far as talent is concerned, there seems to be a different standard for the older and younger cast members. Sometimes it feels as if the youngsters were plucked from local-supermarket-obscurity.