Neighbours set to return to Australian screens in 2023
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Get ready to head back to Ramsay Street in 2023.
Neighbours is set to return to TV screens next year after Amazon saved the beloved Australian soap.
The long-running series wrapped up in July after 37 years on-air and it sent fans into a spin.
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Now, actors Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Ryan Moloney and Jackie Woodburne are all signing on to reprise their roles as residents of the famed street in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough.
“Neighbours has captivated its audience for nearly 40 years, building a dedicated and loyal following for the lives and stories of the characters on Ramsay Street,” Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD original content and programming for Amazon Studios said in a statement announcing the news on Thursday evening.
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“With the power of streaming, we’re able to offer a catalogue of thousands of Neighbours episodes for new audiences to discover this legendary series and current fans to relive their favourite moments.
“We look forward to immersing the audience in new Ramsay Street experiences when we relaunch the show next year for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video customers.”
In Australia, the series will return to Channel 10 for first-run episodes but will be available a week later on Amazon Prime Video, which will also host the series for viewers in New Zealand and Canada.
Devotees of the soap in the UK and US will be able to watch it on Amazon Freevee.
“Neighbours is a unique series with a powerful connection with its fans across the world,” Jennifer Mullin, global CEO of production company Fremantle, said in the announcement.
“We cherish the show and all those who have been part of its incredible story over many decades, so we are thrilled that we have found a new home with Amazon Freevee.”
Neighbours will go back into full production early next year, with new episodes to roll out later in the year.
The show – which produced nearly 9000 episodes and created Hollywood stars including Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth and Guy Pearce, as well as singers Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Natalie Imbruglia – first announced the end of production in March after UK TV network Channel 5 ended its deal to air the show in the UK, which was vital to the production of the series.
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A tearful final episode, with plenty of cameos from old cast members, aired on July 28 to much praise from fans for how neatly the storyline was tied up.
Where the new series will pick up from remains a mystery at this stage.
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