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By Kerri-Ann Roper and Alex Green, PA

Neighbours teases ‘end of an era’ in trailer for final episode

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue are returning in the last-ever episode of Neighbours (Channel 5/PA)

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are reunited as their famous Neighbours characters in a teaser trailer released ahead of the last-ever episode of the show airing this week.

The long-running Australian soap will come to a close with a double-episode special on July 29 after 37 years on screen, with other Ramsay Street favourites returning in the finale to include Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, House actor Jesse Spencer and singer Delta Goodrem.

According to reports, another Neighbours stalwart set to feature in the finale is the character of Madge Bishop, played by Anne Charleston, with some suggesting she may appear as a ghost following her character’s death in 2001.

As the 40-second trailer starts, the voice of Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith, can be heard saying: “It certainly feels like the end of an era” before he is seen in person adding: “It all goes so quickly.”

Also shown is Pearce, who reprises his role as Mike Young, the best friend of Donovan’s Scott Robinson and Minogue’s Charlene Mitchell.

Pearce’s role in the Australian soap helped launch his career in Hollywood, landing roles in big budget films such as LA Confidential, The Time Machine and Christopher Nolan’s Memento.

In the teaser video he is seen reconnecting with his old love interest, Jane Harris, played by Annie Jones.

Global pop star Minogue and singer Donovan are seen in character standing in front of a car, resting on its bonnet, with his arm around her before the words ‘Will they get their happy ever after?’ appear on screen.

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are among the famous names returning for the Neighbours finale (Channel 5/PA)

Singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte is coming back as Izzy Hoyland and is seen in tears, telling a mystery figure: “Your story, my story. I wanted a reason to come back.”

Also returning for the finale is Peter O’Brien, who appeared in the show’s first episode as Shane Ramsay, Mark Little, who played Joe Mangel, and Paul Keane, who played Des Clarke.

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Familiar faces from the 2000s will be Chris Milligan, who played Kyle Canning, Morgan Baker as Callum Rebecchi and James Mason as Chris Pappas.

Neighbours, which first aired in 1985 and follows the lives of those living and working in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, shot its final scenes in early June.

It is ceasing production after failing to secure new funding since being dropped by Channel 5 earlier this year.

– Neighbours will end with a double-episode special on Channel 5 at 9pm on Friday July 29.

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