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‘Pure love’: Kylie pays tribute to Neighbours – axed after 37 years on screen

Neighbours has confirmed it will come to an end this June after nearly 37 years on screen.

The future of the Australian soap had been in doubt for some time since Channel 5 announced last month it would be axing the show from its schedules.

The long standing show’s end was confirmed today after no other broadcaster had been found to air it.

Cast member Alan Fletcher, who plays Dr Karl Kennedy, expressed his gratitude to the ‘millions of fans’ who have supported the show for many years.

The official Neighbours Twitter account added: “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.

“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.”

Fans of Ramsay Street were left devastated last month when Channel 5 announced it would be dropping the show to invest in more UK dramas.

In an attempt to prove its popularity and save the show, many viewers began downloading the iconic theme tune.

It even reached No1 on Itunes and Spotify, knocking Ed Sheeran’s Joker and The Queen off the top spot.

However, the campaign has not convinced other broadcasters to invest.

Undated handout photo issued by Channel 5 of Jemma Donovan (left), who plays Harlow Robinson and Amanda Holden as she films her guest role as Harlow's Aunt Harriet on the Australian soap, Neighbours. Issue date: Monday October 11, 2021.
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Jemma Donovan (left), who plays Harlow Robinson and Amanda Holden as she films her guest role as Harlow’s Aunt Harriet

Neighbours is Australia’s longest running drama series and has launched the careers of stars including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie

It has been shown in the UK for over 30 years, first appearing on BBC One before moving to Channel 5 in 2008.

The soap has featured a number of British guest stars in recent years such as Amanda Holden, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Ryan Thomas and Janet Street-Porter.

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