Natalie Imbruglia wants ‘Neighbours’ to continue airing.
Natalie Imbruglia is hoping that fan pressure will preserve ‘Neighbours.’
The 47-year-old actress appeared in the Australian serial in the early 1990s, and she hopes that after Channel 5 announced the show’s cancellation, another network will sustain it.
“Oh, I think it’s extremely awful!” Natalie, who previously played Beth Brennan, said when asked about Channel 5’s decision.
Natalie left the show in 1994, but she believes it is still very much a part of British culture.
She enquired: “Who wants to live without ‘Neighbours?’ Let’s be honest.”
Fans of the serial are campaigning to keep the show on British television after the summer, and Natalie is hopeful that she will be able to help.
On ‘Heart Breakfast,’ she said: “I think we just assumed it would go on forever at this point, so, you know… people are petitioning. Let’s hope they’re successful.”
The soap’s rights were purchased by Channel 5 in 2008. However, the network just announced that it will no longer air ‘Neighbours’ starting this summer, instead focusing on “original UK drama.”
Because it was not commercially viable for Australian broadcaster Network 10 to pay the Freemantle Media-produced show alone, the UK broadcaster covered the majority of the production costs.
“As mentioned in the email to ‘Neighbours’ cast and crew, it is our goal to maintain our affiliation with Neighbours if another broadcast partner comes forward,” a Network 10 representative recently said.
“Network 10 remains committed to the show, its cast and crew, and hopes Fremantle will find a new production partner.” We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.”
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