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The curtain falls on Neighbours: Jacinta Stapleton puffs on a cigarette in a dressing gown as she joins co-stars Ryan Moloney, Stefan Dennis and Matt Wilson to film the last scenes for the cancelled Aussie soap

On Wednesday, Neighbours cast members met in Melbourne to record what could be some of the show’s final moments.

Jacinta Stapleton, who plays Amy Greenwood, joined co-stars Ryan Moloney, Stefan Dennis, and Matt Wilson on set in a white dressing gown.

During a break from filming an exterior shot on Ramsay Street, the 42-year-old actress smoked a cigarette while conversing with crew personnel.

Ryan, 42, wore a striped shirt and black jeans while portraying Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995.

Stefan, 63, who played Paul Robinson in the show, looked great in a blue suit jacket and pants while speaking with the producers.

While filming alongside the pair, Jacinta and Matt were seen chuckling.

In March, Neighbours tweeted that production on the long-running soap would come to an end.

‘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 important UK broadcast partner [Channel 5], and despite a thorough hunt 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 confirmed that Neighbours will end production in June after nearly 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes,’ according to a network representative.

‘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 well-known 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.

‘Network 10 appreciates the cast, crew, production team, and Fremantle for bringing the ideal blend of soap and sunshine to Australian and international audiences.’

‘The Australian fans and audiences for their continuing support of the series,’ Channel 10 added.

‘Their support has been wonderful, especially in the last several weeks. It demonstrates that our audience still wants Australian scripted drama,’ the statement concluded.

‘We listened to them, and there are some interesting new local projects in the works, which is fantastic for our audience and the local economy.’

‘We are confident that the actors, crew, and writers will bring their unique warmth, flair, and humour to the Neighbours set when they begin filming the final episodes in the coming months,’ said the network.

The soap’s production firm, Fremantle, said it had been unable to find ‘alternative finance’ for the show.

‘It is with sadness that we confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June, after over 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes broadcast,’ Fremantle stated.

‘We presently have no choice but to put the show on hold following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, despite our efforts to find other funding.’

‘Since the news broke, everyone at Neighbours has been thrilled by the love and support from the audience.’

‘The show has transported a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of people around the world, creating hundreds of popular names in the process.’

‘However, as this chapter of Ramsay Street draws to a close, we pledge to do everything in our power to give the show the proper send-off it deserves.’

In February, it was reported that Neighbours’ future was in risk as Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.

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