The final episode of “Neighbours” airs on Thursday, and Margot Robbie, Delta Goodrem, Jesse Spencer, Kym Valentine, and Carla Bonner will all make appearances.
From 2008 through 2011, Robbie played Donna Freedman in the enduring Australian soap opera. Since then, Robbie has been in blockbuster Hollywood movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “I, Tonya,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”
According to Network 10, Robbie will play a “minor cameo role” in “Neighbours” when she returns.
Delta Goodrem, a recipient of an ARIA Award, will also appear once again to close the night.
Initially, Goodrem played Nina Tucker in the programme from 2002 to 2003. When she played the lead song from “Innocent Eyes,” “Born to Try,” in an episode of the show, it helped her break into the mainstream music industry. The album lasted 29 weeks at the top of the charts, while the single began at No. 3 and peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA charts.
Billy and Libby Kennedy, who are portrayed on-screen by Jesse Spencer and Kym Valentine, respectively, will also appear in the conclusion.
The two initially appeared in 1994 as Susan and Karl Kennedy’s kids, characters who are still present in the programme.
The return of Carla Bonner, who debuted in 1999 as Stephane Scully, has also been announced by Network 10. She has frequently come back to the show to reprise the part.
After initially announcing that Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan would return to continue their character arcs from the 1980s, Network 10 has been dribbling out information regarding the show’s last episode. Later, images of the two meeting on site were made public.
To help “Neighbours” end its 37-year run, the big-name stars will return as their original roles.
After Channel 5 opted to end its collaboration and finance, Network 10 and the show’s producer Fremantle Australia were unable to find a UK production partner.
The show is now in its final week, despite Beverley McGarvey, chief content officer and executive vice president of Paramount ANZ, the company that owns Network 10, having earlier voiced hope for a possible future for it.
The final 90-minute programme will air on Thursday, July 28, on both the flagship Channel 10 and its most recent home multi-channel, 10 Peach.
According to McGarvey, “Neighbours” is an iconic programme, and its loss will hurt the Australian screen production industry.
“It’s a tragic loss for that skill development. And a lot of folks get their start on those huge concerts,” she added.
“Neighbours” is still a loss, and one that we’re very, very unhappy about, no matter how you slice it. We sincerely didn’t want that to occur.
The senior vice president of content and programming at Paramount ANZ, Daniel Monaghan, admitted to Variety Australia that things hadn’t gone according to plan.
“We needed that funding when Fremantle informed us that they wouldn’t be able to obtain it outside of the UK. To keep the show going, everyone needed that UK partner. It was terribly depressing. It performs well on 10 Peach. Its fan base is highly devoted. It has existed for about 40 years. It is a dependable.
“Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a realistic option for us when they couldn’t find a partner. And for a very long time, we were really hopeful… However, things didn’t turn out as we had hoped.
On Thursday night’s last programme, more former “Neighbours” actors are anticipated to make an appearance.