To mark its highly anticipated series finale in August, Neighbours has taken a trip down memory lane.
On Thursday, Ten Peach’s Instagram page unveiled a new teaser trailer with a slew of flashbacks from some of the show’s most memorable events.
It all starts with Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell’s spectacular wedding, which was watched by a stunning 22 million viewers in Australia and the United Kingdom in 1987, and was played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, respectively.
Toadie and Dee, played by Ryan Moloney and Madeleine West, had a terrifying vehicle accident in 2003, which is depicted in the trailer.
Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) breaks down in front of the camera during Karl Kennedy’s (Alan Fletcher) affair with Izzy Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte).
The first same-sex wedding on Ramsay Street, between David (Takaya Honda) and Aaron (Matt Wilson), was also acknowledged.
The trailer also featured actors Guy Pearce, Jesse Spencer, and Margot Robbie, all of whom have gone on to have successful acting careers.
In March, Neighbours tweeted that production on the long-running soap might be ending, sparking conjecture.
‘After over 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes broadcast, we regret to inform you that Neighbours will be ending production in June,’ the programme wrote.
‘Following the loss of our primary broadcast partner in the United Kingdom [Channel 5], and despite a thorough search for alternative funding, we have no choice but to put the show on hold.’
‘We know this is a big disappointment to our amazing, dedicated fans, as it is to all of us on the team. We appreciate all of your messages and support, and we pledge to end the programme on a positive note. We’ll be commemorating Neighbours from now on.’
In a statement to Australian media in March, Network 10 said that ending the series was a “tough decision.”
‘Today, Fremantle revealed that Neighbours will end production in June, following over 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes,’ a representative for the network said.
‘This sad choice was made after an unsuccessful search for an alternate UK broadcast partner.’
They went on to say that the show would ‘not air on 10 Peach after September 2022,’ effectively ending its decades-long run.
‘It has been a cornerstone of Australian television drama and Australian cultural exports for almost 35 years,’ they noted.
‘Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a world-famous cul-de-sac that has housed Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David, and a slew of other residents.’
In February, it was reported that Neighbours’ future was in risk as Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.