When Channel 5 announced that Neighbours would be ending after 37 years, fans were upset.
The show has been a staple of Australian and British television for decades, but it will be ending its run on Ramsay Street later this year.
Some A-list celebs are returning to the drama that launched their careers to commemorate the momentous conclusion.
Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, and Jesse Spencer are among the stars that earned their big break on the show.
Although Ramsay Street has a few more months of drama ahead of it, all of its big stories have now come to an end.
Why is Neighbours ending?
Producers Network 10 and Fremantle were unable to obtain alternative funding after Channel 5 decided to discontinue supporting the show.
“It is with sadness that we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June, after nearly 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes broadcast,” a Fremantle spokesperson 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.”
Despite the fact that the show was still attracting around 1.2 million viewers per day in the UK, Channel 5 stated it would discontinue showing it in February 2022.
The network, however, stated that the decision was made in order to transfer resources to new UK series.
When is Neighbours ending?
On Monday, August 1, 2022, the final episode of Neighbours will air.
It will continue to air on Channel 5, but the show will be cancelled in both the UK and Australia.
Which A-list stars are returning for the Neighbours final?
It was announced earlier this month that Hollywood star Guy Pearce would return to Ramsey Street for the last episode.
“It’s incredibly exciting and odd at the same time being back on set again, but it feels like coming home,” Guy told the Metro.
“It’s where it all started for me professionally. I’ve been asked to come back on occasions over the years and wondered if it was the right thing to do, but once I knew the show was finishing, I knew I had to do it.
“While I’ve caught up with many of the cast I worked with on the show over the years, there is nothing like being here all together again.”
He’ll be joined by Kylie Minogue, who will return to the soap that started it all.
She acknowledged that she felt compelled to return because she had already finished filming her scenes for the previous episode.
During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the singer explained: “When I was 19, I finished school, signed up for the dole, cause I thought, ‘I’m never going to get a job’, but I got this role on Neighbours.
“They’re finishing the show, and there was quite a bit of pressure for me to come back, so I shot my scenes.”
Kylie’s Charlene married Jason Donovan’s Scott in one of the show’s most memorable episodes, with the latter also returning.
“Scott and Charlene are the ultimate Neighbours pair, and it would not feel right to end the programme without them,” the Neighbours official Twitter account said in March.
“We are thrilled that Jason and Kylie have come home to play a very special part in our series finale…”