Neighbors have shared a final photo of the 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 believes the 37-year run is an “incredible achievement” to be celebrated.
First broadcast in 1985, the globally recognized soap opera 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 would come, but until we got here at the very last scene being filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel.
“Of course it is sad and tears were shed, but we are also very proud. Thirty-seven years is an incredible achievement and one that should be celebrated.
“We have also been incredibly touched by the response from our viewers around the world.
“Neighbours 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 to their home, and I know that Buren’s legacy will live on for many years to come.”
Stefan Dennis, who has played the villainous Paul Robinson on and off throughout the show’s history, described the final day of shooting as “a melancholy day” in an interview with Australian breakfast show Studio 10 on Friday.
The actor said he “surprised himself” by getting incredibly emotional while shooting the final scenes, admitting that he had to remain “very unobtrusive” to avoid becoming “an absolute mess.”
He also revealed that Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother were huge fans of Neighbors and would specifically ask the BBC for tapes to make up for missed episodes during royal engagements.
In the final episode, which airs on August 1, fan favorites from over the years return to the cul-de-sac of Ramsay Street to say goodbye to the soap.
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who starred in the 1980s as power couple Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson, were previously announced as returning to the show.
Memento star Guy Pearce, who started his career as Mike Young on the Australian soap, had also confirmed he would be reprising his role after sharing pictures of reuniting with the cast and crew in recent days.
They are 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 starred as Paige Smith in the show’s final era, will return, along with Jodi Gordon (née 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 as returning.