Neighbours cast final photo together: Stars pose on last EVER day of filming as the beloved Aussie soap comes to an end after 37 years and 9,000 episodes
The entire cast of Neighbours posed for their final group photo together to mark their last ever day of filming in Melbourne on Thursday.
The beloved Aussie soap is coming to an end after 37 years on our screens and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast.
Neighbours was axed after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series.
End of an era: The entire cast of Neighbours posed for their final group photo together to mark their last ever day of filming in Melbourne on Thursday. Front row (L to R) Freya Van Dyke, Lucinda Cowden, Scarlett Anderson, John Turner, Ryan Moloney, Ian Smith, Alan Fletcher, Benji McNair, Jackie Woodburne, Zima Anderson, Annie Jones, Harlow Herbison-Fuentes, Melissa Bell, Stefan Dennis, Rebekah Elmaloglou, Kate Kendall and Sally-Anne Upton. Second row (L to R) Richard Huggett, April Rose Pengilly, Takaya Honda, Richie Morris, Gemma Bird Matheson, Georgie Stone, Candice Leask, Lloyd Will, Emerald Chan, Jacinta Stapleton, Paul Keane, Charlotte Chimes, Tim Kano, Phoebe Roberts, James Mason, Ben Hall and Matt Wilson
The cast beamed in the sweet group photo taken on the Kennedy set with main characters Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) and Tom Oliver (Lou Carpenter) front and centre holding the last ever clapperboard.
Other well known characters including Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Ian Smith (Harold Bishop) were also seen beaming on the front row.
Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the last day of filming: ‘We all knew this day was coming but until we were here in this moment when the very last scene was filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel.
‘Of course, it is sad and tears were shed, but we’re also enormously proud. 37 years is an incredible achievement and that should be celebrated.
TV family: Stars including Annie Jones (Jess Campbell) and Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) posed together for a sweet snap on the last day
‘We’ve also been incredibly touched by the response from our viewers all over the world. Neighbours is more than a TV show to many people.
‘They see us as part of the family and we feel privileged to have been invited into their homes, and I know the legacy of Neighbours will live on for many years.’
Earlier on Thursday the cast and crew of Neighbours gathered in Melbourne to film the final scenes for the long-running soap.
Pals: Jacinta Stapleton (Amy Greenwood) posed with Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) on the last day of filming
Coming to an end: Ariel Kaplan (Imogen Willis) shared a montage of images to her Instagram Story to mark the last day of filming
Jackie, who plays Susan Kennedy, kept warm in black jeans and a puffer jacket as she joined her co-stars Ian Smith, Ryan Maloney and Melissa Bell on set.
After shooting a quick scene, the actress, 66, was spotted chatting to crew members before driving off.
Ian, who debuted as Harold Bishop in 1987, also sported a winter jacket as he arrived on the Ramsay Street set.
Ryan, 42, who has played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995, rode around in a buggy with other cast members.
Goodbye, Ramsay Street! Earlier in the day on Thursday the cast and crew of Neighbours gathered in Melbourne on Friday to film the final scenes for the long-running soap
Final scenes: Jackie, who plays Susan Kennedy, kept warm in black jeans and a puffer jacket as she joined her co-stars Ian Smith, Ryan Maloney and Melissa Bell on set
Melissa wore black leather pants, a white T-shirt and a warm jacket as she spoke to actress Rebekah Elmaloglou.
The stars gathered around a Ramsay Street sign while filming the last scenes.
Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing.
Fun: Ryan Maloney (left), who has played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995, rode around in a buggy with other cast members
‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ the show wrote on Twitter.
‘Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK [Channel 5] and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.
‘To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.’
Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’.
‘Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbours will cease production in June, after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes,’ a network spokesperson announced.
‘This difficult decision came after the search for an alternative UK broadcast partner proved unsuccessful.’
They added that the series would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the end of its decades-long run.
The stars of Neighbours will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the finale episode airs in August.
Sad times: Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy) shared a post as she told of her sorrow at the soap ending
Key cast members will visit eight cities across England, Scotland and Wales in March 2023, according to Digital Spy.
They will visit London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff, if the rumours are to be believed.
The soap had previously planned an ‘in conversation series’ in 2020, coinciding with its 35th anniversary, but had to cancel due to Covid.
Throwback! Child actress Scarlett Anderson (Nell Rebecchi) shared shared a picture of her first ever scene on the show to mark the end of filming
These plans have now apparently been rebooted as a ‘farewell tour’.
The ‘key stars’ taking part in the rumoured tour have not been revealed.
It comes after executive producer Jason Herbison hinted Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan may have a bigger role in the finale than previously reported.
Mr Herbison told The Herald Sun that a recent storyline ‘leak’ did not fully explain how the ’80s golden couple will return to Ramsay Street.
Tour: The stars of Neighbours will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the finale episode airs in August
‘What I’ve read is not what happens which is great. It hasn’t come out yet,’ he said.
Mr Herbison kept tight-lipped about the details of their appearance, but he did say the cameo was ’emotional’ for the actors.
‘Seeing Kylie back as Charlene was quite a moment. Very special and I think for them too it was a real full circle for them,’ he said.
Kylie and Jason’s wedding on the series 34 years ago was watched by 22 million people across Australia and the UK.
Coming home: It comes after executive producer Jason Herbison hinted Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan may have a bigger role in the finale than previously reported