Neighbours finale LATEST: Margot Robbie among stars appearing in last ever episode of beloved Aussie soap; plus spoilers | The Sun

NEIGHBOURS will be airing its last ever episode in just days after nearly four decades on our TV screens.

Neighbours has dominated our screens after kicking off back in 1985.

The much-loved soap has been pivotal in the careers of many A-list stars including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, with many of the big names set to return.

The show currently airs on Network Ten in Australia, and Channel 5 here in the UK.

It was announced back in February 2022 that the long-running soap had been cancelled.

The soap will air the final episode on July 29, 2022 at 9 pm on Channel 5.

Read our Neighbours live blog below for the latest news & updates…

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    Neighbours left me in a ‘dark place’

    HE may have played nice guy Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours for 37 years, but Alan Fletcher has confessed that initially, the fame turned him into a monster.

    The Aussie actor was forced to turn to therapy to get him through.

    Alan said: ““I wasn’t a good person to be around. I became selfish and things became too much about me, me, me.

    “I needed therapy to get through this dark period.

    “My wife said to me: ‘You’re not in a good place, you require professional help’.”

    The challenge began when Alan tried to juggle long hours on Ramsay Street with maintaining his passion project – a photography business.

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    Fans share emotion after trailer drops

    Fans have shared their emotions on social media after the soap debuted its finale trailer ahead of its last ever episodes this week.

    The Channel 5 soap will end for good later this week after three decades on screen.

    A trailer teasing the final show hints at an emotional-filled hour for fans, as some bid farewell and others return to the iconic Ramsay Street.

    Neighbours fans petitioned for the show to be picked up by another broadcaster.

    However, no one else was found and so it was agreed the soap would end in the summer, with many famous faces from the show's past returning for one last time.

    The trailer begins with a shot of the iconic Ramsay Street sign as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan appear as Scott and Charlene in an old photo and fans will no doubt be incredibly emotional.

    Watch the trailer here

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    Guy Pearce to pay tribute to the show

    Guy, 54, will reprise his role as Mike Young to pay tribute to the show that put him on the map.

    The actor got his big break when he starred on the show between 1986 and 1989, and has not been back since.

    Guy said: "It is very exciting and surreal at the same time being back on set again, however it feels like coming home. 

    "It’s where it all started for me professionally.  I’ve been asked to come back on occasions over the years and wondered if it was the right thing to do, but once I knew the show was finishing, I knew I had to do it."

    Since Neighbours, Mike has since gone on to be a big screen sensation in Hollywood movies such as Momento, LA Confidential and Iron Man 3.

    Guy also starred in one of the most acclaimed shows of 2021, Mare of Easttown, alongside Kate Winslet.

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    Kylie and Jason return to Ramsey Street

    In a move which is sure to leave die-hard fans sobbing, The Sun revealed the final scene will show Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan returning to Ramsey Street – 34 years after they quit the soap.

    In an emotional moment, the pair turn to each other before beaming and declaring they are "home".

    Kylie, 54, and Jason, 54, both saw they career skyrocket after playing Charlene and Scott Robinson on Neighbours.

    Kylie last appeared on the show in July 1988 while Jason stayed a year longer – not leaving until May 89.

    Since then they have both gone on to sell millions of albums around the world.

    Their 1988 single Especially For You debuted at number 2 in the UK charts and after a campaign by fans 2014 surpassed a million sales.

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    Margot Robbie starred in Neighbours between 2008 and 2011

    Star of Barbie and The Wolf Wall Street, Margot Robbie will return to Ramsay Street for the finale.

    While the 32-year-old could not be there in person, she has recorded a special clip and sent 37 bottles of champagne for the cast to enjoy.

    Margot appeared on the show between 2008 and 2011 as Donna Freedman.

    During her time on the show, her character's storylines included a relationship with Ringo Brown (Sam Clark) whom she later married, a same-sex kiss with Sunny Lee (Hany Lee), and an affair with Andrew Robinson (Jordan Patrick Smith).

    Since Neighbours, Margot has skyrocketed to Hollywood fame much like other Ramsay Street alum, Russell Crowe (who is not returning for the episode).

    While Donna was a regular on the soap, Margot is now a regular in the DC Comics films portraying the fun and fabulous Harley Quinn in multiple films.

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    Which former Neighbours stars are returning for the final episode? (2/2)

    • Lesley Baker who played Toadie Rebecchi’s mum will also be on the last episode
    • Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played manipulative minx Izzy Hoyland, was at the centre of some of the soap’s biggest storylines in the 00s makes a comeback .
    • Margot Robbie, star of Barbie and The Wolf Wall Street played Donna Freedman between 2008 and 2011.
    • Jesse Spencer, better known as Billy Kennedy to Neighbours fans and appeared on the show between 1994 and 2004, on and off.
    • Delta Goodrem will return as shy singer Nina Tucker, who she first played in 2002.
    • Daniel MacPherson who played Joel Samuels for four years from 1998.

    Which former Neighbours stars are returning for the final episode?

    The show has spawned some superstar actors, many of whom returned to Ramsay Street to film the last episode.

    The stars returning include:

    • Hollywood legend Guy Pearce who rose to fame playing Mike Young in the Australian TV series.
    • Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have also recorded a scene to go in the last episod.
    • Ian Smith – who played Harold Bishop – will delight fans with his return.
    • Ramsay Street hunk Daniel MacPherson who played Joel Samuels for four years from 1998, will be in the last episode.
    • Melissa Bell who played Scott and Paul Robinson’s little sister Lucy is back.
    • Benjamin McNair, the Kennedy’s eldest son Mal makes her return.

    What has been said about Neighbours being cancelled?

    A spokesperson from Fremantle Media said the response from fans had been immense.

    "Everyone at Neighbours has been overwhelmed by the love and support from the audience since the news came out," they said.

    "The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of viewers around the world, launching the careers of dozens of household names along way.

    "But as this chapter of Ramsay Street comes to a close, we promise to do everything we can to give the show the send-off it deserves."

    Why has Neighbours been cancelled?

    Neighbours has basically been cancelled because Channel 5 pulled out of broadcasting the soap.

    In a statement on Twitter, the show's producers said financial issues stemming from "the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK" Channel 5) in early 2022 contributed to the show's end. 

    Channel 5 announced in February 2022 it would be dropping Neighbours from its line-up, with the show's producers Fremantle Media unable to secure a replacement broadcaster.

    It is understood the UK network contributed towards the majority of the show's production costs.

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      When is the last episode of Neighbours?

      Neighbours has dominated our screens for almost four decades after kicking off back in 1985.

      The much-loved soap has been pivotal in the careers of many A-list stars including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie.

      The show currently airs on Network Ten in Australia, and Channel 5 here in the UK.

      It was announced back in February 2022 that the long-running soap had been cancelled.

      Neighbours filmed its last scenes in June 2022.

      The soap will air the final episode on July 29, 2022 at 9 pm on Channel 5.

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