Neighbours fans are most certainly going to need good friends come summer time, as the show’s final ever episode will air on Monday, August 1.
No, you’re crying.
The Aussie serial drama’s fate was confirmed earlier this year, after production company Fremantle admitted that it has been unable to find another broadcast partner in the UK, following Channel 5’s decision to drop the show from their schedules.
Devoted fans were heartbroken at the prospect of losing Ramsay Street forever, and thus they wasted little time in fighting to save the series from the axe.
They launched a petition, which garnered a whopping 66,000 signatures, and even managed to get the show’s iconic theme tune to No.1 on iTunes, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot.
But despite fans’ efforts, Fremantle was unable to secure another broadcast partner, and thus Neighbours’ fate was sealed.
‘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,’ read a statement posted on the show’s official social media accounts.
‘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. #CelebratingNeighbours.’
The show will bow out with a final episode on August 1.
According to TV Tonight, Australian broadcaster 10 Peach will commence airing double episodes from June so that viewers can watch the show’s last outing on the very same day as the UK.
10 Peach, you see, dropped the Friday instalment of the show earlier this year, meaning that Channel 5 soon overtook Aus pace, with new episodes premiering on the UK station first.
‘From Monday June 13, friends of Ramsay St can tune into double the fun, double the action with double episodes to celebrate the final season of Neighbours,’ a spokesperson said.
‘The ultimate series finale will air on Monday August 1.’
Metro.co.uk understands that Channel 5 will air the finale on the same date.
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1:45pm and 6pm on Channel 5.
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