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Neighbours: Actors film last scenes for cancelled Aussie soap in Melbourne


Neighbours cast members gathered in Melbourne on Wednesday to film what could be some of the final scenes for the long-running soap.

Jacinta Stapleton, who plays Amy Greenwood, wore a white dressing gown as she joined co-stars Ryan Moloney, Stefan Dennis and Matt Wilson on set.

The actress, 42, smoked a cigarette while chatting to crew members during a break from filming an exterior scene on Ramsay Street.

Taking a break: Neighbours cast members gathered in Melbourne on Wednesday to film what could be some of the final scenes for the long-running soap. Jacinta Stapleton (left), who plays Amy Greenwood, wore a dressing gown and smoked a cigarette as she spoke to a producer

Taking a break: Neighbours cast members gathered in Melbourne on Wednesday to film what could be some of the final scenes for the long-running soap. Jacinta Stapleton (left), who plays Amy Greenwood, wore a dressing gown and smoked a cigarette as she spoke to a producer

On set: The actress, 42, took a break from filming an exterior scene on Ramsay Street with co-star Ryan Moloney (left), who has played Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995

On set: The actress, 42, took a break from filming an exterior scene on Ramsay Street with co-star Ryan Moloney (left), who has played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995

Ryan, 42, who has played Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi on Neighbours since 1995, wore a striped shirt and black jeans.

Stefan, 63, best known for playing Paul Robinson on the series, looked dapper in a navy suit jacket and pants as he spoke to producers.

Meanwhile, Jacinta and Matt were seen laughing as they filmed opposite the pair.

Getting into character: Ryan, 42, wore a striped shirt and black jeans

Getting into character: Ryan, 42, wore a striped shirt and black jeans

Busy at work: Stefan, 63, best known for playing Paul Robinson on the series, looked dapper in a navy suit jacket and pants as he spoke to producers

Busy at work: Stefan, 63, best known for playing Paul Robinson on the series, looked dapper in a navy suit jacket and pants as he spoke to producers

Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March.

‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ the show wrote.

‘Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK [Channel 5] 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.’

On camera: Jacinta and Matt Wilson were seen laughing as they filmed a scene

On camera: Jacinta and Matt Wilson were seen laughing as they filmed a scene

End of the road: Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

End of the road: Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’.

‘Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbours will cease production in June, after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes,’ a network spokesperson announced.

‘This difficult decision came after the search for an alternative UK broadcast partner proved unsuccessful.’

They added that the series would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the end of its decades-long run.

Axed: 'We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,' the show wrote

Axed: ‘We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ the show wrote

Difficult: Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a 'difficult decision'

Difficult: Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’

‘A much-loved stalwart of our program schedule for over 35 years it has been a staple of Australian television drama, and Australian cultural exports,’ they added.

‘Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a cul-de-sac recognised all over the world and has been home to Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David and many, many more neighbours.

‘Network 10 thanks the cast, crew, all the production team and Fremantle for bringing the perfect blend of soap and sunshine to audiences in Australia and around the world.’

Long-running: The network added that Neighbours would 'not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022', marking the end of its decades-long run

Long-running: The network added that Neighbours would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the end of its decades-long run

Support: They also praised 'the Australian fans and audiences for their continued support of the series'

Support: They also praised ‘the Australian fans and audiences for their continued support of the series’

Channel 10 also praised ‘the Australian fans and audiences for their continued support of the series’.

‘Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,’ continued the statement.

‘We have listened to them and there are exciting new local projects in the pipeline, which is great for our audience and for the local industry.

‘We are confident that the cast, crew and writers will bring their distinctive warmth, style and humour to the Neighbours set as they embark on filming the final episodes over the coming months.’

'Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,' continued the statement

‘Their encouragement particularly in the past few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,’ continued the statement

Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with ‘alternative funding’ for the series.

‘It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ Fremantle said.

‘Following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, and despite a search for alternative funding, we currently have no option but to rest the show.

‘Everyone at Neighbours has been overwhelmed by the love and support from the audience since the news came out.

Funding: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with 'alternative funding' for the series

Funding: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with ‘alternative funding’ for the series

Sad: 'It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June,' Fremantle said

Sad: ‘It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June,’ Fremantle 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 the 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.’

Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.

Making headlines: Reports emerged in February that Neighbours' future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

Making headlines: Reports emerged in February that Neighbours’ future was in jeopardy after British broadcaster Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show

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