Neighbors finale aired after 37-year shows

After 37 years, the final episode of Australia’s longest-running soap opera, Neighbours, is set to air.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re not a show that limps to the end, we’re going out on a massive high,” executive producer Jason Herbison told AAP.

Some of its biggest stars, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, return to the fictional suburb of Erinsborough for the three-part finale, which airs back-to-back on Thursday.

To get an idea of ​​the length of the series, it would be episodes 8901, 8902 and 8903.

The production team worked hard to ensure the finale had something for every generation of Ramsay Street fans, starting in 1985, Herbison said.

“I really hope people watch and take a minute to reflect on what Neighbors has meant to them, and when the curtain comes down, hold a piece of it in their hearts,” he said.

The show has been a cultural export for decades and has a huge following in the UK, where the dead-end cricket, backyard swimming pools and sunny weather feature in the show’s opening credits. have come to represent an Australian lifestyle.

One of the show’s most iconic moments was the wedding of Donovan’s Scott Mitchell and Minogue’s Charlene Robinson, which aired in 1987.

Two million Australians and nearly 20 million UK viewers tuned in.

The wedding scene, with Minogue’s lace dress, Donovan’s mullet, coral bridesmaids’ outfits and an Angry Anderson soundtrack, became a touchstone of 80s television in Australia. .

It was exciting to work with the show’s biggest stars as they returned for the finale, Herbison said.

“They certainly didn’t want it all to be about them, they wanted to be part of the celebration and say ‘thank you’ for what the show has done for them.”

The show announced its cancellation in March following the loss of its main UK broadcast partner, Channel 5.

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