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Neighbours is SAVED! Iconic soap set to return on Amazon

Neighbours has been saved – simply 4 months after its remaining episode aired, proving to be a rankings hit in each the UK and Australia. 

The beloved soap got here to an finish in July after 37 years, with the final episode airing on Channel 5 – and in a shock announcement, Amazon Freevee and Fremantle revealed the present will probably be returning.

A brand new collection will start filming in Australia subsequent year and can see the likes of Stefan Dennis, [Paul Robinson] Alan Fletcher, [Dr Karl Kennedy], Ryan Moloney, [Toadfish] and Jackie Woodburne, [Susan Kennedy], returning to reprise their main roles.

However, castmembers have been left bemused as solely these 4 actors have been advised the information and the remainder of the cast discovered the information concurrently the remainder of the world. 

Takaya Honda who performed David Tanaka within the soap tweeted: ‘Apart from these three and Stefan, the remainder of the cast are discovering out with you. Please give us time to course of. We do not know something extra.’

Matty Wilson, who performed Aaron Brennan took to his Instsgram Stories to say: ‘Did not see this coming.’

Neighbours is SAVED! Iconic soap is set to return after Fremantle secures partnership with Amazon – simply 4 months after the ultimate episode aired (L-R) Jason Herbison with Ian Smith, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Annie Jones and Stefan Dennis

The collection will air free of charge on Amazon Freevee within the UK and US and can embrace streaming rights to 1000’s of episodes from earlier seasons. The collection will stream on Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Production is set to start in early 2023 with a world premiere pegged for the second half of the year

The Neighbours Twitter account introduced the information on Thursday, as Dr Karl, Susan and Toadie all gathered to reveal the present was coming  again in a hilarious clip. 

The trio all excitedly hugged one another and known as up Paul, who was sporting a beard and longer hair. 

Toadie requested him: ‘Hello mate, what’s that throughout your face?’

‘Oh, properly it is good to see you too!’ Paul replied. 

Telling him the present will probably be returning the second half of subsequent year, Paul playfully says he’ll test his diary to see if he is free. ‘I’ll make myself out there,’ he jokes.

Success: Back in July, UK fans got to see the last installment - featuring the return of Kylie Minogue Jason Donovan as beloved characters Scott and Charlene

Success: Back in July, UK followers acquired to see the final installment – that includes the return of Kylie Minogue Jason Donovan as beloved characters Scott and Charlene 

Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD unique content material and programming, Amazon Studios, stated: ‘Neighbours has captivated its viewers for practically 40 years, constructing a devoted and constant following for the lives and tales of the characters on Ramsay Street.

‘With the facility of streaming, we’re in a position to supply a list of 1000’s of Neighbours episodes for brand spanking new audiences to uncover this legendary collection and present followers to relive their favourite moments.

‘We look ahead to immersing the viewers in new Ramsay Street experiences after we relaunch the present subsequent year for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video prospects.’

The Neighbours Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, as Dr Karl, Susan and Toadie all gathered to reveal the show was coming back in a hilarious clip

The Neighbours Twitter account introduced the information on Thursday, as Dr Karl, Susan and Toadie all gathered to reveal the present was coming again in a hilarious clip

Some free time? Paul Robinson, played by Stefan Dennis has since grown a beard and longer hair but said he will check his diary to see if he is free for the return in the clip - and he was!

Some free time? Paul Robinson, performed by Stefan Dennis has since grown a beard and longer hair however stated he’ll test his diary to see if he is free for the return within the clip – and he was! 

You what? Cast members were left bemused as only those four actors were told the news and the rest of the cast found out the news at the same time as the rest of the world

In the dark: Takaya Honda who played David Tanaka in the soap tweeted that he has not been told the news

You what? Cast members have been left bemused as solely these 4 actors have been advised the information and the remainder of the cast discovered the information concurrently the remainder of the world. Takaya Honda, (proper) who performed David Tanaka within the soap tweeted the above

Not a clue: Matty Wilson, who played Aaron Brennan took to his Instsgram Stories to say that he did not see the announcement coming

Not a clue: Matty Wilson, who performed Aaron Brennan took to his Instsgram Stories to say that he didn’t see the announcement coming

Fans went wild for the comfortable information, taking to Twitter to categorical their pleasure. 

They wrote: ‘OMG OMG OMG everybody, this is the most effective factor that’s occurred this year!!’

‘Crikey. Amazon has picked up Neighbours? Astonishing.’

‘Obsessed by the concept Amazon are placing 37 years of Neighbours episodes on Prime. Some absolute legend on the market will sit and binge all of them.’

‘I actually can’t consider it am ecstatic so comfortable for the cast and crew and most of all us the followers #neighbours #neighboursforever I’ve missed it a lot.’

Nice one! Guy Pearce also returned to the show for the finale in July as Mike Young

Nice one! Guy Pearce additionally returned to the present for the finale in July as Mike Young

Others weren’t as comfortable and wrote: ‘Just let it die.’ 

‘Neighbours is beginning once more. oh no.’ 

Neighbours’ remaining ever episode ended on a excessive in July, as a peak of virtually 3 million UK viewers tuned in to Channel 5. 

UK followers acquired to see the final installment – that includes the return of Kylie Minogue Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce that month- with Australian followers tuning within the day earlier than.

And whereas the prolonged particular was successful over right here, down beneath it was a runaway success, with the episode successful the tv rankings for the primary time in additional than a decade. 

The last hurrah: The finale centered around Toadie's (Ryan Moloney) wedding to Melanie (Lucinda Cowden) as many familiar faces reunited for the picturesque lakeside ceremony

The final hurrah: The finale centered round Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) marriage ceremony to Melanie (Lucinda Cowden) as many acquainted faces reunited for the picturesque lakeside ceremony

Overnight UK rankings present Neighbours attracted a median of two.6 million viewers, with the episode hitting a peak of two.9 million. 

The final hurrah garnered an viewers share of 17.5% and got here in fourth within the general rankings behind BBC One’s The Commonweath Games protection and ITV’s Emmerdale and rankings winner Coronation Street, which introduced 3.5 million viewers to ITV. 

Meanwhile, midweek episodes, dubbed ‘the ultimate week’, main up to the finale additionally creeped into the UK high 20 rankings, with the third until final installment getting 837,000 viewers.

While the quantity crept up for the penultimate episode, with 1.02 million followers watching.

In Australia, the episode, which was simulcast on Channel 10 and 10 Peach, drew 873,000 metro viewers throughout each stations, largely thanks to the cast of returning favourites.

Happy days! Twitter went wild for the shock announcement that their favourite show was returning

Happy days! Twitter went wild for the shock announcement that their favorite present was returning 

Oh nooooo! But others felt as though the show has had its day and producers should let sleeping dogs lie

Oh nooooo! But others felt as if the present has had its day and producers ought to let sleeping canines lie 

No different leisure program got here shut to Neighbours because it wrapped up its historic 37-year run with a 90-minute particular, stories TV Blackbox.

It was the most-watched program general on the evening and convincingly received all key demographics between ages 16 and 54.

UK audiences have been flooded with nostalgia throughout an emotional Neighbours finale which noticed Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan make an epic comeback to the soap, becoming a member of a number of stars amid Margot Robbie and Holly Valance returning to Ramsay Street for one remaining time. 

The Channel 5 soap first aired in 1985 and has been on screens for 37 years, however in March it was introduced the Australian collection was being axed after 8,903 episodes with the finale airing in Australia on Thursday and on Friday night within the UK.

The finale was jam-packed with appearances from long-gone characters as followers got a nostalgic glimpse by means of Neighbours’ historical past, with characters tearfully flipping by means of photograph albums, a lingering melancholic piano rating and the odd in-joke.

Winner: No other entertainment programme came close to Neighbours as it wrapped up its 37-year run with a 90-minute special episode in July (pictured; Ian Smith  asHarold Bishop)

Winner: No different leisure programme got here shut to Neighbours because it wrapped up its 37-year run with a 90-minute particular episode in July (pictured; Ian Smith  asHarold Bishop)

The finale centered round Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) marriage ceremony to Melanie (Lucinda Cowden) as many acquainted faces reunited for the picturesque lakeside ceremony and avenue social gathering afterwards, whereas different buddies – together with Margot Robbie’s Donna Freedman) – despatched their properly needs in candy video messages to mark the large day.

And showing on screens as soon as once more, Kylie and Jason’s beloved characters Charlene and Scott Robinson made their much-anticipated entrance to the backyard social gathering as they pulled up on Ramsay Street of their recognisable inexperienced Mini earlier than shocking their buddies.

And viewers have been fast to gush over Scott and Charlene’s first look on Ramsey Street in additional than 30 years, taking to Twitter to remark on how ‘nostalgic’ and ’emotional’ it made them really feel.

As the long-lasting pair arrived on screens, Kylie and Jason’s real-life love tune Especially For You belted out within the background, with followers left delighted on the sudden crossover. Kylie and Jason recorded the love ballad in 1989 – one year after they left Neighbours and shortly earlier than they ended their three-year romance.

'Pure nostalgia': UK audiences were flooded with nostalgia during an emotional Neighbours finale which saw Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan make an epic comeback

‘Pure nostalgia’: UK audiences have been flooded with nostalgia throughout an emotional Neighbours finale which noticed Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan make an epic comeback

Reunion: In the emotional scenes, the couple were seen leaning against their car, as they took in the surroundings and reminisced on their time together in the town

Reunion: In the emotional scenes, the couple have been seen leaning towards their automobile, as they took within the environment and reminisced on their time collectively within the city

Scott and Charlene returned to Erinsborough for the primary time since they bid farewell to the suburb and moved to Brisbane after tying the knot in a romantic marriage ceremony ceremony greater than 30 years in the past.

As properly as Kylie and Jason making a remaining look on the present, there have been additionally epic returns made by Holly Valance (Flick Scully), Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan), Guy Pearce (Mike Young) and Ian Smith (Harold Bishop) as they reprised their roles on the soap opera.

They have been joined by Daniel MacPherson, (Joel Samuels), Peter O’Brien (Shane Ramsay), Natalie Bassingthwaighte, (Izzy Hoyland), Mark Little (Joe Mangel) and Paul Keane, who memorably performed Des Clarke.

Also showing within the finale have been Annie Jones (Jane Harris), Anne Charleston, who portrayed matriarch Madge Bishop, Jacinta Stapleton (Amy Greenwood), and Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker).

And stars from more moderen years on the soap joined the episode, together with Olympia Valance (Paige Smith), Jodi Gordon (Elly Conway), Zoe Cramond (Amy Williams) and Kate Kendall (Lauren Turner).

With Ben Hall (Ned Willis), Olivia Junkeer (Yashvi Rebecchi) and Zima Anderson (Roxy Willis) finishing the line-up of Neighbours alumni returning.

Meanwhile, the Neighbours set was due to be ‘dismantled’ following the soap’s 37-year run.

Ramsay Street, located within the make consider city of Erinsborough was going to be  demolished to make means for a brand new project, in accordance to Terry Smit of Go West, the staff behind the official ‘Neighbours’ tour.

Star-studded: As well as Kylie and Jason making a final appearance on the show, there was also an epic return made by Margot Robbie as Donna Freedman (pictured) as she appeared in a video message for Toadie's wedding day

Star-studded: As properly as Kylie and Jason making a remaining look on the present, there was additionally an epic return made by Margot Robbie as Donna Freedman (pictured) as she appeared in a video message for Toadie’s marriage ceremony day

He advised the Daily Star: ‘We are suggested by Fremantle Media that the units will probably be dismantled and that the space will probably be used for his or her subsequent project, no matter which may be.’

It is stated that the ultimate Neighbours set excursions will happen this weekend.

Terry went on to say: ‘As the units are being dismantled, there is nothing left for us to tour, so the tour will probably be discontinued.’

Goodbye Ramsay Street: Meanwhile, the Neighbours set was due to be 'dismantled' following the soap's 37-year run, with the space making way for a new project

Goodbye Ramsay Street: Meanwhile, the Neighbours set was due to be ‘dismantled’ following the soap’s 37-year run, with the space making means for a brand new project

Neighbours’ most memorable storylines

Scott and Charlene’s marriage ceremony 

Perhaps essentially the most well-known Neighbours second, 20million individuals tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, performed by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988.

The pair’s good friend and household have been seen in floods of tears as Charlene walked down the aisle to Angry Anderson energy ballad Suddenly, with neighbour Nell Mangel catching the bouquet.

Mark leaves Annalise on the altar

Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s nuptials did not go to plan in 1994. While each events have been nervous on the day, Mark left Annalise on the alter, saying he could not marry her. 

However, it wasn’t completely down to Annalise as he determined marriage wasn’t for him and determined to grow to be a priest.

The loss of life of Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels, performed by the late Anne Haddy, established herself because the grandmother of Ramsay Street.

Embroiled in some gripping storylines, through the years she noticed her life stolen by a conman, she had an affair together with her daughter’s fiancé, and she or he fell down some stairs earlier than struggling a stroke.

In a bid to carry the warring Ramsay and Robinson households collectively, she gathered them spherical to watch Scott and Charlene’s marriage ceremony collectively however, as they bickered over their variations, she quietly handed away on the couch in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle

Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) lives have been entangled earlier than the present even hit screens, with the trio figuring out each other from their faculty days.

Madge fell head over heels for ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold however was additionally strongly attracted to cheeky Lou. 

However, Madge’s life took an sudden flip for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, with their relationship quickly turning into troubled.

Madge and Harold later acquired again collectively and he proposed a lot to the distaste of Lou who tried to win Madge over. Madge finally married Harold in 1988.

After Harold’s loss of life, Lou set his sights on Madge as soon as extra and the pair deliberate to marry however they known as it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold returns from the lifeless 

Harold was killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea when Madge’s again was turned, leaving nothing behind apart from his glasses.

However, he made a shock return to Erinsborough 5 years later, declaring he’d suffered from amnesia, with Helen Daniels operating into him by likelihood whereas searching in a Salvation Army store.

He returned to Ramsay Street to be reunited with Madge.

Madge’s loss of life

Madge appeared on the present from 1986 to 1992 and once more from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After Harold’s return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a toddler however she was later identified with pancreatic most cancers.

Doctors advised her she had simply months to reside however additional tragedy struck when her life was shortened even additional after she developed septicaemia after reducing her finger.

Before her loss of life, Lou confessed his timeless love for her and she or he died within the arms of Harold. 

Susan’s reminiscence loss

In typical soap fashion, Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) completely lost her reminiscence after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002.

She was satisfied she was 16 years previous once more, a state of affairs that left her extremely confused when she discovered herself by likelihood at a 70s-themed party. 

Toady’s heartache

Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi, performed by Ryan Moloney, discovered was first heartbroken simply hours after his marriage ceremony to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost management of their automobile and drove it off a cliff, together with her physique by no means being discovered.

In 2010 he left Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) on the alter when he realised she did not love him and through his third marriage ceremony to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, a gasoline bottle exploded through the reception, destroying their marquee and leaving Sonya with a fractured cranium and no reminiscence of the marriage. Characters Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson have been additionally killed within the blast.

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