Lengthy-working Australian soap opera Neighbours has formally been cancelled as a consequence of monetary woes that started in February.
“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,” reads a tweet posted to the show’s official Twitter account on Thursday. “Following the loss of our key broadcast associate in the UK and regardless of an in depth search for different funding, we simply have no possibility but to relaxation the show.
(*5*) the message continues. “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.”
Although manufacturing on Neighbours takes place in Australia, the show was primarily funded by U.K. broadcasting associate Channel 5, where the show has been airing since 2008. When Channel 5 pulled its funding of the show in February in order to focus more on producing original content, the search for another broadcasting associate started, but was in the end fruitless.
Neighbours debuted in 1985 and chronicled the personal highs and lows of characters residing on the fictional Ramsay Road cul-de-sac. Throughout its multi-decade run, the show served as a career launch pad for many big names, including Margot Robbie, Man Pearce, the Hemsworth brothers and singer Kylie Minogue.