Neighbors have shared a final photo of their cast and crew after filming the final scene of the long-running Australian soap opera. The show’s executive producer revealed tears were shed on the final day of filming, but feels his 37 years of filming is an “incredible achievement” that should be celebrated.
The globally acclaimed soap opera first aired in 1985 and followed the lives of those who live and work in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough. Executive producer Jason Herbison said, “We all knew this day was coming, but until we were here right now when the very last scene was filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel.
“Of course, it’s sad and tears flowed, but we are also extremely proud. 37 years is an incredible achievement and one worth celebrating. We were also incredibly touched by the response from our viewers around the world.
“Neighbors is more than a TV show for many people. They see us as part of the family and we feel privileged to have been invited into their home, and I know Neighbors’ legacy will live on for many years to come.
Stefan Dennis, who has played villainous Paul Robinson on and off throughout the show’s 37-year history, described the final day of filming as “a melancholy day” on Australian breakfast show Studio 10 on Friday. .
The actor said he was “surprised” by getting incredibly emotional while filming the final scenes, admitting he had to keep a “very low profile” in order to avoid becoming “an absolute mess”.
He also revealed that Diana, the Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother had both been big fans of Neighbors and would specifically request tapes from the BBC in order to catch up on missed episodes during royal engagements. The final episode, due to air on August 1, will see fan favorites of all years return to the cul-de-sac community of Ramsay Street to bid farewell to the soap opera.
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who played power couple Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson in the 1980s, had previously been announced as returning to the show. Memento star Guy Pearce, who began his career playing Mike Young on the Australian soap opera, had also confirmed he was reprising his role after sharing photos reuniting the cast and crew in recent days.
They will be joined by Peter O’Brien who appeared in the show’s first episode as Shane Ramsay, as well as Ian Smith who played Harold Bishop, Mark Little who played Joe Mangel and Paul Keane who played Des Clarke.
Among those returning from the 2000s era are Chris Milligan who played Kyle Canning, Morgan Baker as Callum Rebecchi, Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played Izzy Hoyland, and James Mason as Chris Pappas.
Pippa Black who played Elle Robinson and her on-screen brother Jordan Patrick Smith who played Andrew Robinson will also return. Olympia Valance who played the role of Paige Smith in the last era of the series will return, alongside Jodi Anasta as Elly Conway, Zoe Cramond who played Amy Williams and Kate Kendall as Lauren Turner .
Ben Hall as Ned Willis, Olivia Junkeer who played Yashvi Rebecchi, and Zima Anderson as Roxy Willis were also announced to be returning.