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It's the End of the Ramsay Street Era: 'Neighbours' Has Been Cancelled After 37 Years

After airing almost 9000 episodes since 1985, the long-running Australian soap opera will stop being there for viewers later this year.
By Sarah Ward
March 04, 2022
By Sarah Ward
March 04, 2022

It's been home to plenty of Australia's best-known acting names — and a heap of Aussie music stars, too — but when the second half of 2022 hits, the country's most famous fictional roadway will no longer be part of the TV landscape. Thirty-seven years after first whisking viewers off to Ramsay Street, long-running soap opera Neighbours is wrapping up. Whether all of its characters will move to Queensland to join its 80s golden couple Scott and Charlene — aka Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue — is obviously yet to be seen.

News of Neighbours' potential demise had been circling for weeks, after its UK network, Channel 5, announced it was dropping the show — leaving the Australian series in need of another British broadcaster, to join its local backer Network Ten, to go on. Sadly for the program's fans, it hasn't been able to find an alternative source of funding, marking the end of the Ramsay Street era.

The show will continue to film until June this year, as announced via social media on Thursday, March 3, with its final episodes from its almost 9000-strong run to air sometime afterwards. Exactly when the world will be saying goodbye to Neighbours hasn't yet been revealed — and neither have any possible plans to bring back any high-profile cast members.

The list of well-known faces who've graced the series since its 1985 debut is hefty, all playing characters either living in or connected to the show's cul-de-sac in the fictitious Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough. As well as Minogue and Donovan, 80s-era Neighbours boasted a young Guy Pearce and a four-episode stint from Russell Crowe. In the 90s, Natalie Imbruglia got her start there. Margot Robbie and Liam Hemsworth were both regulars in the 00s, and Chris Hemsworth popped up in one 2002 episode before moving over to rival Aussie soap Home and Away.

Neighbours' list of celebrity appearances is also sizeable — including The Wiggles, one of the Pet Shop Boys, The Spice Girls' Emma Bunton, The Wombats, Lily Allen, Hanson and pretty much every Aussie celeb who didn't otherwise star in it anyway.

Of course, the show's 37 years of twists, amnesia spells, shock returns from the dead, and other Ramsay and Robinson family dramas will live on in our memories — even if, for many of us, Neighbours wasn't an active part of our viewing.

Never going anywhere, especially from the part of your brain that knows all the words, is the iconic Neighbours theme tune. That's when good Neighbours songs become good friends, naturally.

Neighbours will cease production in June, with its final episodes to air later this year. To watch the series in the interim, head to Network Ten in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand.

Top image: Manon van Os.

Published on March 04, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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