Neighbours shuts down forever as last scene is filmed after 37 years

It’s he end of a major era in the world of television as iconic Australian soap Neighbours has shut down for the last time.

The show has been axed after 37 years after Channel 5 chose not to renew it for financial reasons and now, the final scene has officially been filmed.

The show’s boss, Jason Herbison, released a final cast photo alongside an emotional tribute.

‘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,’ the producer said. 

‘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. 

‘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.’ exclusively revealed what seems to be the final casting return announcement, with Guy Pearce reprising his role as Mike Young.

Pearce will join a prestigious list of the show’s most revered actors playing much-loved characters including Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson), Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson), Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Paul Keane (Des Clarke) and Peter O’Brien (Shane Ramsay).

Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuel), Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson), Mark Little (Joe Mangel), Olympia Valance (Paige Smith) and many more will join.

Guy Pearce, said: ‘It is very exciting and surreal at the same time being back on set again, however it feels like coming home. 

‘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.’

It was previously announced that Neighbours royalty Kylie and Jason would be back as iconic duo Scott and Charlene.

Jason commented at the time: ‘Scott and Charlene are the ultimate Neighbours couple and it would not feel right to end the show without them,’ the executive producer commented.

‘We are thrilled that Jason and Kylie have come home to play a very special part in our series finale…’

The final episode will air towards the end of July and, while it has been rumoured that Kylie and Jason will be in the final scene, with Scott and Charlene declaring ‘we’re home’, this has yet to be officially confirmed.

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