Fans of Neighbours will undoubtedly need good friends this summer, as the show’s final episode will air on Monday, August 1.
You’re crying, not laughing.
Following Channel 5’s decision to pull the show from their schedules, the Australian serial drama’s demise was announced earlier this year when production company Fremantle acknowledged that it had been unable to find another broadcast partner in the UK.
Devoted fans were heartbroken at the idea of losing Ramsay Street for good, and they wasted no time campaigning to keep the show alive.
They started a petition that received over 66,000 signatures, and they even managed to push the show’s classic theme song to No. 1 on iTunes, dethroning Ed Sheeran.
Despite the efforts of fans, Fremantle was unable to find a new broadcast partner, and Neighbours’ demise was sealed.
‘After nearly 37 years and approximately 9000 episodes, we regret to inform you that Neighbours will be ending production in June,’ said the network. a message on the show’s official social media platforms reads.
‘Following the loss of our important broadcast partner in the United Kingdom, and despite a thorough search 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 show on a positive note.’ We’ll be commemorating Neighbours from now on. #CelebratingNeighbours.’
On August 1, the show will conclude with a final episode.
According to TV Tonight, beginning June, Australian broadcaster 10 Peach will begin airing double episodes so that viewers may see the show’s final episode on the same day as the UK.
Because 10 Peach dropped the Friday instalment of the show earlier this year, Channel 5 quickly caught up, with new episodes appearing on the UK network first.
‘Friends of Ramsay St can tune in to twice the fun, double the action with double episodes starting Monday, June 13 to celebrate the final season of Neighbours,’ according to a spokeswoman.
‘On Monday, August 1st, the ultimate series finale will air.’