Neighbours stars film their last scenes for cancelled Australian soap


Goodbye, Ramsay Street: Neighbours favourites Jackie Woodburne, Ian Smith, Ryan Maloney and Melissa Bell reunite to film their last scenes for the cancelled Aussie soap

The cast and crew of Neighbours gathered in Melbourne on Friday to film the final scenes for the long-running soap.

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.

Jackie Woodburne, 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.

Goodbye, Ramsay Street! The cast and crew of Neighbours gathered in Melbourne on Friday to film the final scenes for the long-running soap

Goodbye, Ramsay Street! The cast and crew of Neighbours gathered in Melbourne on Friday to film the final scenes for the long-running soap

Final scenes: Jackie Woodburne, 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

Final scenes: Jackie Woodburne, 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 

All smiles: After shooting a quick scene, the actress, 66, was spotted chatting to crew members before driving off

All smiles: After shooting a quick scene, the actress, 66, was spotted chatting to crew members before driving off

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.

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.

Familiar faces: Ian Smith, who debuted as Harold Bishop in 1987, also sported a winter jacket as he arrived on the Ramsay Street set

Familiar faces: Ian Smith, who debuted as Harold Bishop in 1987, also sported a winter jacket as he arrived on the Ramsay Street set

Fun: Ryan Maloney (left), who has played Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995, rode around in a buggy with other cast members

Fun: Ryan Maloney (left), who has played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995, rode around in a buggy with other cast members

Dressing for comfort: Melissa wore black leather pants, a white T-shirt and a warm jacket

Dressing for comfort: Melissa wore black leather pants, a white T-shirt and a warm jacket

Catching up: She was seen chatting to Rebekah Elmaloglou on set

Catching up: She was seen chatting to Rebekah Elmaloglou on set

Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing.

‘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.’

End of the road: Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing

End of the road: Neighbours announced in March that production would cease on the long-running soap due to lack of financial backing

Axed: '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 tweeted

Axed: ‘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 tweeted

Difficult: Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a 'difficult decision'

Difficult: Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’

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.

Long-running: Channel 10 added that Neighbours would 'not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022', marking the end of its decades-long run

Long-running: Channel 10 added that Neighbours would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the end of its decades-long run

Support: The network praised 'the Australian fans for their continued support of the series'

Support: The network praised ‘the Australian fans for their continued support of the series’

‘A much-loved stalwart of our program schedule for over 35 years it has been a staple of Australian television drama, and Australian cultural exports,’ 10 added.

‘Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a cul-de-sac recognised all over the world and has been home to Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David and many, many more neighbours.

‘Network 10 thanks the cast, crew, all the production team and Fremantle for bringing the perfect blend of soap and sunshine to audiences in Australia and around the world.’

'Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,' continued the statement

‘Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,’ continued the statement

Funding: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with 'alternative funding' for the series

Funding: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with ‘alternative funding’ for the series

Channel 10 also praised ‘the Australian fans for their continued support of the series’.

‘Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,’ continued the statement.

‘We have listened to them and there are exciting new local projects in the pipeline, which is great for our audience and for the local industry.

‘We are confident that the cast, crew and writers will bring their distinctive warmth, style and humour to the Neighbours set as they embark on filming the final episodes over the coming months.’

Sad: 'It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming Neighbours will cease production in June,' production company Fremantle said

Sad: ‘It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming Neighbours will cease production in June,’ production company Fremantle said

'Following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, and despite a search for alternative funding, we currently have no option but to rest the show'

‘Following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, and despite a search for alternative funding, we currently have no option but to rest the show’

Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with ‘alternative funding’ for the series.

‘It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ Fremantle said.

‘Following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, and despite a search for alternative funding, we currently have no option but to rest the show.

‘Everyone at Neighbours has been overwhelmed by the love and support from the audience since the news came out.

‘The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of viewers around the world launching the careers of dozens of household names along the way.

‘But as this chapter of Ramsay Street comes to a close, we promise to do everything we can to give the show the send-off it deserves.’

Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.

'The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of viewers around the world launching the careers of dozens of household names along the way'

‘The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of viewers around the world launching the careers of dozens of household names along the way’

Reports: Reports emerged in February that Neighbours' future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

Reports: Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

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