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Neighbours stars Richie Morris and Phoebe Roberts are seen having fun on set


As production winds down on Neighbours, actors Richie Morris and Phoebe Roberts made the most of their time on set last week.

Both stars appeared to be in a playful mood as they filmed scenes for the long-running soap in Melbourne.

At one stage, Richie, 22, fell back into his co-star’s arms, with Phoebe arching her back as she caught him and supported his weight.

Nearing the end: As production winds down on Neighbours, actors Richie Morris (left) and Phoebe Roberts (right) made the most of their time on set last week

Nearing the end: As production winds down on Neighbours, actors Richie Morris (left) and Phoebe Roberts (right) made the most of their time on set last week

They were also seen chatting in between takes, with Phoebe, 26, smiling at her co-star as they spoke.

She was dressed in a pair of high-waisted black denim shorts, which she paired with a light blue button-up shirt and black ankle boots.

Meanwhile, Richie wore a pair of cuffed black jeans, a black T-shirt and hiking boots. 

Making the most of it: Both stars appeared to be in a playful mood as they filmed scenes for the long-running soap in Melbourne

Making the most of it: Both stars appeared to be in a playful mood as they filmed scenes for the long-running soap in Melbourne

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

‘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,’ they wrote on Twitter. 

‘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.

On trend: Phoebe was dressed in a pair of high-waisted black denim shorts, which she paired with a light blue button-up shirt and black ankle boots

On trend: Phoebe was dressed in a pair of high-waisted black denim shorts, which she paired with a light blue button-up shirt and black ankle boots

‘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.’

Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to the 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.’ 

End of an era: Neighbours announced in March that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap

End of an era: Neighbours announced in March that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap

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

‘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.’

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

'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 on Twitter

‘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 on Twitter

‘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.’

'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,' the show announced

‘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,’ the show announced

Meanwhile, Fremantle – the production company behind the soap – said they 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,’ they 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. 

‘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.’  

Coming to an end: It was announced that the series would 'not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022', marking the end of its decades-long run

Coming to an end: It was announced that the series would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the end of its decades-long run

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