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Neighbours ending is huge ‘loss to industry’, says screenwriter as finale looms


For aspiring actors, the 37-year run of Neighbours represents a significant “loss in industry training,” according to a veteran screenwriter.

Icons like Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, and Jason Donovan got their start in show business thanks to the Australian soap opera.

Sarah Mayberry, a screenwriter, then spoke about the impact the series finale will have on many people.

According to Sarah, “the industry still does not fully understand what they have lost in terms of industry training.”


It will take some time before the reality that those opportunities are gone truly sets in.

Since 1998, Sarah has worked as a writer for the popular programme, penning 230 of its episodes.

This Friday, July 29, the soap opera on Channel 5 will end its nearly forty-year run on television.

The bosses have kept quiet about the specifics of the ending, but they have promised a joyful and stirring conclusion.


The actor who plays Karl Kennedy on the show, Alan Fletcher, insisted that as the finale approaches, there will still be more drama to come.

When asked if the legacy of the show would be honoured during its final week, he responded to Metro.co.uk: “No question!

That is exactly what the executive producer and storyliners wanted to achieve. Additionally, there will be some charming little detours to keep the audience interested.

Without that, Neighbours wouldn’t be Neighbours! However, there will also be a festive atmosphere surrounding the show.


When it airs on July 29, there will be a few tears in a few living rooms, he continued.

To the dismay of devoted viewers, it was announced earlier this year that the show would be cancelled.

Neighbours would no longer air on Channel 5 after this summer, according to a spokesperson for the network at the time who issued the following statement. We would like to congratulate the cast, Fremantle, and the entire production crew for their excellent work on this landmark series, which has been a much-loved component of our schedule for more than ten years.

We also want to express our gratitude to the fans for their long-standing support of Neighbours.

“We acknowledge that this decision will cause disappointment, but our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers,” they continued.

Neighbours: On Friday, July 29 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5, a double-episode special called The Finale will air.


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