Australian soap Neighbours, which has been running for 37 years, has filmed its final ever scene. The show has officially ceased production after it was announced earlier this year it had lost its slot on Channel 5.
Taking to social media on June 10, Neighbours shared a poignant picture of the cast on set for their last day. In the image, Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne, who play Dr Karl and Susan Kennedy, could be seen holding the final clapperboard. "That's a wrap," the soap told their fans, followed by a yellow heart emoji.
Neighbours first aired in 1985 and has been on screens for nearly four decades. It follows the lives of those living and working in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough.
Executive producer Jason Herbison said: "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.
"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."
But when will the final episode air and why is Neighbours being axed? Here's everything you need to know.
When is the final episode of Neighbours in the UK?
The final episode will air on Monday, August 1 in the UK and will be broadcast on Channel 5, reports BristolLive. Timings are yet to be confirmed but the show has promised it will end on an "incredible high".
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan will be making a comeback for the last instalment as will Neighbours' iconic character Harold Bishop played by Ian Smith and Guy Pearce amongst others.
Why is Neighbours ending?
Neighbours is being axed after Channel 5 announced it will no longer be airing the show. On Thursday, March, 3 the Neighbours Twitter account posted the sad news that the show would be coming to an end.
It said: "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.
The post went on to explain that after losing the slot on Channel 5 they were unable to find a broadcaster in the UK.
"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. To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team."
Also on Twitter, the show's team said: "We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours."
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