Australian soap opera Neighbours has blessed our screens for 37 years since its 1985 debut.
The hit soap, which has aired on BBC One and Channel 5 during its epic run, has made stars out of Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth, Natalie Imbruglia and Margot Robbie.
Alas, all good things must come to an end (why?) – and Neighbours will soon be vanishing from our screens for good, after the soap was shocking axed in March 2022.
It’s not quite over yet though, with episodes still to air and a surely memorable finale en route.
So, when is Neighbours coming to an end?
When is the final episode of Neighbours?
Production of Neighbours will conclude in June 2022, it has been confirmed. Meaning there isn’t much left to shoot at all.
And the final episode is set to air on Monday, August 1 2022.
Die-hard fans of Ramsay Street should prepare themselves for an emotional summer.
Do we know how Neighbours will end yet?
The soap’s producers and writers haven’t revealed exactly what they’ve planned for the finale.
Though Erinsborough icons Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are expected to return for the last ever episode – making it truly a ‘fairytale’ ending for fans and long-term viewers.
Aussie newspaper Herald Sun reported that the legends – unforgettable as couple Charlene and Scott – were recently spotted filming scenes at a location in a Melbourne suburb.
We also know that Neighbours won’t be going out ‘with a bang’.
Despite theories to the contrary, Neighbours producers have said they won’t be blowing up their beloved Ramsay Street in an explosion.
Speaking to TV Tonight, executive producer Jason Herbison said: ‘I would never ever blow it up. The ending will be a celebration of the past and the present, with the door very much left open for a future.
‘Ramsay Street is eternal and I like to think it will live on in the hearts and minds of the viewers, long after the final scene.’
He added that the show’s writers are still working out the finer details of the finale.
Why is Neighbours coming to an end?
Unfortunately, finances appear to be the reason for the show’s departure from the airwaves.
Back in February 2022, it was revealed that Channel 5 had made the decision to drop the show.
In a statement at the time, the channel said it would cease to air it from summer, adding: ‘It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.’
Production company Fremantle Media and its Australian channel, Network 10, were therefore required to find an alternative broadcast partner to help provide funding.
But on March 3, the official Neighbours Twitter account confirmed that the bid to keep the show going was sadly unsuccessful.
In a tweet, they said: ‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June.
‘Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.
‘To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.’