Viewers couldn't believe their eyes as a Neighbours stars Anne Charleston and Ian Smith reunited for a special interview on Loose Women today.
Fans were overjoyed to see the soap legends sharing a screen together - and were even more bowled over by Ian's furry face.
And while some could barely recognise the 80-year-old actor from his soap heyday, others thought the new look suited him.
Indeed, the Aussie favourite's appearance - whose dour but loveable character was called 'Jelly Belly' as he was teased by Lou Carpenter back in the day - was said to be improving with age by admirers.
"I always say that men get more handsome as they get older....... look at Harold!!" Twitter user @MaggieKillin commented.
His beard certainly drew a big reaction on social media and the dramatic change saw him compared to Chewbacca from Star Wars and Father Christmas.
I always say that men get more handsome as they get older - look at Harold!
One viewer even confused Ian for Doctor Who star Colin Baker.
Who’s the guy with the beard, is it Ian Smith who played Harold?
— Ian Simpson (@simmo1882) August 16, 2018
— Hayley🐝 (@fatherbananas) August 16, 2018
I'm not sure I can cope with Harold Bishop having a beard. #LooseWomen
— Chad Feelgood (@chadfeelgood) August 16, 2018
The actor who played Harold in Neighbours, if he doesn't shave for the next 5 years, can audition for Chewbacca in next Star Wars movie. 😄
— Colin Simpson (@ColinS1973) August 16, 2018
Dear God. Is that really Ian Smith? Blimey. I thought for a second it was Colin Baker!
— John Hughes (@hughesjg) August 16, 2018
— christie (@jacxolympia1) August 16, 2018
Reminiscing about their character's most memorable moments on the show, Anne and Ian revealed behind-the-scenes secrets about a couple of scenes that didn't quite go as planned.
On Harold's first departure from the long-running soap in 1991 where he was swept out to sea from a cliff, Ian said coastal conditions did not look particularly lethal during filming.
"It wasn't a cliff, it was a rock," he said.
"It was meant to be terribly rough and a wave was meant to wash me off the rock, but it was like a mill pond.
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"All the crew were picking up rocks and throwing them in the sea to make it look rough."
And it seems filming for Madge and Harold's wedding endured a few hiccups, too.
Ian explained: "The biggest drama was that I had psoriasis on my hands so they couldn't do the ring on the finger.
"The director's hand came in [as a substitute for the close up]. That wasn't Harold's hand!"
So does that mean Madge and Harold were never technically hitched? Strewth.
Fellow long-time Neighbours stars Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl Kennedy) and Jackie Woodburn (Susan Kennedy), as well as Bonnie Anderson (Beatrix Nilsson) also appeared on the programme in a live broadcast from the soap's set.
But it was Anne and Ian that stole the show - with his beard upstaging them all.
— Melissa Nathoo (@MelissaNathoo) August 16, 2018
Harold and Madge look AMAZING #loosewomen
— Emily Dixon (@timshel82) August 16, 2018
— Ricky Boleto (@rickyboleto) August 16, 2018
- Neighbours is on Channel 5, weekdays, at 1.45pm and 5.30pm