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Neighbors Cancelled in the UK After 36 Straight Seasons

The cancellation news of the highly commended Neighbours Tv Drama has left the fans devastated.

According to Channel 5, The long-running Australian tv drama, which has been a  part of the UK Entertainment industry for 36 straight years, will be canceled in August,  For now, it seems that the program will no longer be distributed in the United Kingdom.

The future of Neighbours beyond August is uncertain given the fact that Channel 5 sponsors the show the majority of the time. It’s thought that the drama costs too much to shoot in comparison to the advertising revenue it generates.

 “Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.
“We’d also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbours across the years. We recognise that there will be disappointment about this decision, however our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers.”

In the meantime, Network 10, which presently airs Neighbours in Australia, has pledged to assist find a new home for the show and has temporarily halted production to do so.

“Network 10 has an ongoing commitment to the show, the cast and crew and is hopeful that Fremantle will find a new production partner. We will provide further updates as they become available.”

Neighbors’ survival was entirely dependent on Channel 5’s engagement in recent years unless some other UK network comes forward to splash the cash in the next several weeks.

In the UK, Neighbours has a consolidated viewership of roughly 1.4 million people throughout the two daily airings at 1.45 pm as well as 6 pm. As a noon show, it has a strong viewing audience and is often the most-watched show on Channel 5. The show has a loyal following in Australia, where it broadcast on channel 10 Peach to around 100,000 viewers.

Set enhancements and a steep rise in the on-location shooting have been introduced recently on Neighbours to kick the soap in its 37th season. Now that the show might be coming to an end, fans are sure to be heartbroken.

The ‘Neighbors’ made its debut in Australia via Seven Network in 1985 but was canceled after one season, but Channel 10 extended its stay by resurrecting it from 1986.

The series’s British broadcasts were shifted to Channel 5 in 2008, and the network has sponsored the serial for decades with late-night editions, on-screen contests, and major storylines linked in with the UK programming schedule.

Since its debut on BBC One in 1986, Neighbours has been a mainstay of British television. In 2008, it was relocated to Channel 5. Australian talents such as Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, and, most recently, Margot Robbie have all made their mark on the industry thanks to the success of the show.

Fans have expressed their disappointment on social networking sites since the news surfaced, with many urging ITV to take up the series.

Rishabh Shandilya
I’m the guy you see dancing in the rain in the middle of the night. Pursuing my bachelor’s in literature, I love to read and write and I’m somewhat of a decent storyteller. A die-hard fan of Miyazaki and Murakami and my go-to quote is “The past is a foreign country, we do things differently there”.
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