This text comprises main spoilers from the Neighbours finale.
Neighbours mentioned farewell with the “excellent mix” of nostalgia and sentiment as its final ever episode aired within the UK on Friday night time.
Followers of the Australian cleaning soap have been left beside themselves because the present got here to an finish after 37 years with a poignant monologue from long-standing Ramsay Road resident Susan Kennedy, performed by Jackie Woodburne.
The emotional scene got here as a roll name of former Ramsay Road residents returned to their previous stomping floor to see Neighbours off in fashion, together with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce.
After much hype, Kylie and Jason lastly reprised their roles as 80s energy couple Scott and Charlene Robinson, granting long-term followers their want 34 years after their final look.
There was not a lot dialogue from the pair, nevertheless, with Kylie solely being given 5 phrases to say: “Dwelling, candy residence”, “Jane!” and “Harold!”
Elsewhere, the present reunited one other of its beloved pairings, as Jane Harris (Annie Jones) agreed to offer issues a go together with her former love Mike Younger, performed Man Pearce, who jetted in from Hollywood to movie scenes for the cleaning soap’s swan music.
He was not the one huge film star to function although, as Margot Robbie reprised her breakthrough position as Donna Freedman in a montage of video messages despatched in for Erinsborough stalwart Toadie Rebecchi’s marriage ceremony to Melanie Pearson.
Natalie Imbruglia and Holly Valance additionally filmed a particular scene collectively from London to pay tribute to their characters Beth Brennan and Flick Scully.
As various residents previous and present gathered outdoors to rejoice Toadie and Mel’s nuptials, Susan Kennedy may very well be seen wanting affectionately at her mates and neighbours, as actor Jackie Woodburne narrated a shifting entry into the Ramsay Road Historical past E-book – a tool that featured all through the ultimate weeks of the present.
“How do you start to explain a road?” she started. “Do you discuss concerning the homes? The bricks and mortar, the gardens and the timber?
“Or do you discuss concerning the folks? The younger, the previous and everybody in between? The place do you start with the historical past? Your personal or those that got here earlier than you?
“Once we moved to Ramsay Road, the group was already right here. The Ramsays, the Robinsons. The tales from these early days are legendary, and their legacy nonetheless lives on at this time.
“There have been many households over time, of all sizes and styles. A few of them surprising. And mates who turned like household, whether or not they have been associated or not.
“Love has at all times been a central theme. What number of romances have been born on this road?”
She continued: “The road at all times has a manner of bringing folks again. Then I consider the individuals who can’t come again. The folks gone too quickly. How would they give the impression of being in the event that they have been nonetheless alive at this time? In the event that they’d been allowed to achieve their potential? So many individuals that have been misplaced…”
Viewers have been then given glimpses of actors Terence Donovan, Anne Charleston, Eve Morey and Benny Turland as their beloved late characters Doug Willis, Madge Bishop, Sonya Rebecchi and Hendrix Grayson appeared as ghosts.
In a nod to the present’s loyal fanbase, Susan continued: “Everybody deserves a spot within the historical past of Ramsay Road, even those that watched us from afar…”
“Collectively, we have now been the proper mix,” Susan emotionally concluded, with a reference to the present’s iconic theme tune, the unique model of which started taking part in as Barry Crocker’s vocals have been heard over Ramsay Road for the ultimate time.
“Susan? The place have been you simply now?” her husband Karl mentioned, interrupting her daydream.
“I used to be residence,” she answered.
Because the Neighbours continued their road occasion, the present was consigned to TV historical past as its 37-year run closed out with a particular photograph montage and a remix of assorted variations of its theme tune.
Followers have been left bereft however thought of the ending to be the proper goodbye…
Neighbours was axed after 37 years again in March when a seek for a brand new UK broadcast associate proved unsuccessful, leaving Australia’s Community 10 with a funding shortfall.
Channel 5 – who contributed to a lot of the cleaning soap’s manufacturing prices – had beforehand introduced it might stop airing the present right here within the UK, the place it has been much more in style in recent times.
Nonetheless, when the ultimate episode aired in Australia on Thursday night, it pulled in Neighbours’ highest score Down Beneath in 13 years, as 1.2 million visited the eternally sunny suburb of Erinsborough one final time.
Neighbours: The Finale is on the market to look at on My5.