Following the announcement earlier this year that the venerable Australian soap opera Neighbours had been cancelled, fans were distraught after its final episode.
Since the soap’s 1985 debut on television, it has pleased viewers. A number of its cast members have gone on to become well-known actors and actresses, including Kylie Minogue, Liam Hemsworth, Jason Donovan, Alan Dale, and Margot Robbie.
The last episode nicely wrapped everything up as long-running character Toadie (Ryan Moloney) married Mel (Lucinda Cowden) and a tonne of well-known actors made appearances, including Kylie, Jason Donovan, Margot Robbie, and Guy Pearce.
What caused Neighbours to be cancelled, and could it be revived?
Here is all the information you require.
Why was Neighbours cancelled?
After Channel 5 opted to discontinue airing the show, Neighbours came to an end because the show was unable to get alternate funding.
The decision to cancel the soap opera was purely “business,” according to Channel 5 CEO Ben Frow, who also claimed that the money would be “better spent” on producing UK programmes.
In March, producers announced the depressing news.
The official Neighbours account tweeted: “We are so sad to report that Neighbours will cease production in the summer after over 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast.”
Could the Neighbours return?
Even though the programme was unable to secure a new broadcaster, Channel 10 in Australia hasn’t ruled out the idea that it would come back in some capacity.
Beverley McGarvey, the channel’s president, mentioned the potential for one-time specials or reunion shows in an interview with The Herald Sun. She also said: “I also wouldn’t rule out that some day Fremantle may be able to create an atmosphere where they can bring it back in some fashion.” It has previously occurred to shows.
I still hold on to the tenuous, pessimistic hope that would be feasible because there is a huge demand for material worldwide.
Fans of the soap opera have also made an effort to take action; since March, a petition to save Neighbours has gathered close to 60,000 signatures.
Neighbours is one of the most beloved TV programmes in the UK and draws many viewers from all backgrounds to Channel 5’s lineup of channels. It is more than just a TV show; it is a source of comfort and amusement for generations of fans who have watched it for decades. Reads the petition.
Tonight at 9 p.m. on Channel 5, Neighbours’ farewell episode will be broadcast.