When is last episode of Neighbours? Date Channel 5 soap ends

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The daytime drama about the residents of Ramsay Street has been shown on British television for over 30 years

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Australian soap Neighbors was canceled after failing to find a new home.

The daytime drama about the residents of Ramsay Street has been broadcast on British television for over 30 years and launched the careers of stars such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie.

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Channel 5 announced it was removing the long-running soap from its schedule, leaving Fremantle Media – the production company that produces Neighbors – to try and find a new home.

However, the company did not succeed in this. Now the show has been canceled and the final episode will air on Monday 1st August 2022.

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Why did Channel 5 drop Neighbors?

Channel 5 said the soap’s dump would allow funding to be redirected to original British dramas.

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A channel spokesman said: “After this summer, Neighbors will no longer air on Channel 5.

“It has been a very popular part of our schedule for over a decade and we would like to thank the cast, Fremantle and the entire production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.

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“We would also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbors over the years.

“We are aware that this decision will be disappointing, but our current focus is to increase our investment in original British dramas that are very appealing to our viewers.”

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When will the last episode of Neighbors air?

The final episode of Neighbors will air Monday 1st August 2022 on Channel 5.

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TV Tonight reported that Australian channel 10 Peach will air double episodes from June to allow viewers to watch the show’s finale on the same day as UK viewers.

What was said about the cancellation of Neighbors?

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The production company has made the announcement that it hasn’t been able to find another channel to take on Neighbors.

A source told The Sun: “Fremantle has not commented on the situation since the news broke on Channel 5. They’ve worked tirelessly to secure funding from other networks, but unfortunately they couldn’t save the soap.

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“The announcement will confirm that the soap will end this summer and that they have been overwhelmed with love and support from audiences since breaking the news.

“There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to make the final few weeks of Neighbors very special.

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“They are still waiting to hear from a number of former stars, but Peter has agreed to return and will begin filming in May.”

Channel 5 has reportedly been in talks with Fremantle Australia for weeks to keep Neighbors on the air but no deal has been reached.

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Ian Smith, who plays Harold Bishop, has confirmed he will be reprising his role, and both Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovon will also return for the finale after an absence of over 30 years.

Executive producer Jason Herbison said the couple will have a very special role in the Australian soap.

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He said, “Scott and Charlene are the ultimate Neighbors couple and it wouldn’t feel right to finish the show without them.”

The Sun also revealed that Peter O’Brien, who plays Shane Ramsay, will return.

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When did Neighbors start?

Launched in 1985, the soap has long been more popular in the UK than in Australia, so this news has thrown the show’s future into question.

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It is the longest running drama series on Australian television. Neighbors originally launched on Australia’s Seven networks in 1985, but the station dropped it before Ten picked it up the following year and it became an international hit.

Neighbors was shown on BBC One until 2008 when it moved to Channel 5.

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It has featured a number of British guest stars in recent years, including Amanda Holden, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ryan Thomas and Janet Street-Porter.

In Australia it has been shown on digital channel 10 Peach since 2011 after losing its slot following the nightly news on the main channel and has relied on the UK broadcaster for funding.

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Donovan, who played Scott Robinson from 1986-1989, tweeted: “@neighbours has changed the Australian television landscape. It has launched many careers over the decades, including mine.

“(It has) captivated and entertained audiences for generations. With the hope that it will find a new home on another UK channel and continue to provide opportunity and entertainment.”

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