Neighbor’s Alan Fletcher says the cast found their final scenes difficult as the soap is being discontinued after 37 years

Australian soap Neighbors finally wrapped up for good as the cast filmed their final scenes after the show was canceled after 37 years.

And actor Alan Fletcher, 65, who has played Dr Karl Kennedy on the show for 28 years, has revealed that he found his final scene “overwhelming” to film.

While the final details of the plot are not yet known, former stars Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce briefly return to the roles that made them famous.

‘We struggled to hold back tears’: Neighbours’ Alan Fletcher says the cast found filming their final scenes in the soap ‘overwhelming’ as the show is being discontinued after 37 years

Speaking to The Mirror, the actor said: “It was very difficult to fight the tears while we were saying the dialogue for what would be the final moments of the show.

“There were hundreds of people in the studio to watch that last bit of filming. We had some speeches, I said a few words. There were some tears. There were some parties.’

While Kylie and Jason, who played Charlene and Scott Robinson, filmed their roles off-set due to the pop princess’ schedule, Memento actor Guy (Mike Young) returned to Melbourne.

End of an era: The actor has played Karl Kennedy since 1994 (pictured with co-star Jackie Woodburne playing his dutiful wife Susan)

End of an era: The actor has played Karl Kennedy since 1994 (pictured with co-star Jackie Woodburne playing his dutiful wife Susan)

“One of my favorites was Guy Pearce. There was not a single person who was asked to do anything before the end, who was available, who said no’; Alan revealed.

It comes as Channel 5 has announced Friday the 29th as the air date for the soap’s final episode.

Fans in the UK can watch the iconic Australian soap ending at 9pm on Friday 29th July with a double-episode special.

Goodbye: (LR) Ryan Moloney, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne, Angela Bishop, Ian Smith and Stefan Dennis bid farewell to the soap's Melbourne set

Goodbye: (LR) Ryan Moloney, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne, Angela Bishop, Ian Smith and Stefan Dennis bid farewell to the soap’s Melbourne set

Featuring in its usual TX slots at 1:45 PM and 6:00 PM, it will be followed by the history-making finale airing later the same night.

In what promises to be a gripping and emotional finale, fan favorites from the past return to Ramsay Street to celebrate with the locals of Erinsborough.

The broadcast promises to have something for everyone, from all generations and decades from the opening scene in 1985 to the final episode in 2022.

Tour: Neighbors stars will reportedly embark on a 'farewell tour' of the UK after the final episode airs in August

Tour: Neighbors stars will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the final episode airs in August

Channel 5 teased that further announcements will be made in the coming weeks about additional surprises to air the iconic soap in style.

The Australian soap was shut down in March this year after the loss of its main British broadcasting partner, Channel 5.

The news of the final’s broadcast comes after it was reported that the Neighbors stars will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the final episode.

Key cast members will visit eight cities in England, Scotland and Wales in March 2023 – London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff, according to Digital Spy.

Drama: The character has been featured in many high p[profile stories throughout the years (pictured with co-star Natalie Bassingthwaighte)

Drama: the character has featured in many high p[profile stories throughout the years (pictured with co-star Natalie Bassingthwaighte) 

The soap had previously planned an ‘in conversation series’ in 2020, coinciding with its 35th anniversary, but had to cancel due to Covid.

These plans have now apparently been rebooted as a ‘farewell tour’ but the ‘key stars’ taking part in the rumoured tour have not been revealed. 

It comes after executive producer Jason Herbison hinted Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan may have a bigger role in the finale than previously reported. 

Back for more: While the final plot details are under wraps former stars Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce will return briefly to the roles that made them famous (Guy pictured in the show in 1988)

Back for more: While the final plot details are under wraps former stars Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce will return briefly to the roles that made them famous (Guy pictured in the show in 1988)

Can't wait: The send-off promises to have something for everyone, spanning all generations and decades from the opening scene in 1985, to the final episode in 2022. (Pictured: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan on the show in 1988)

Can’t wait: The send-off promises to have something for everyone, spanning all generations and decades from the opening scene in 1985, to the final episode in 2022. (Pictured: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan on the show in 1988)

Mr Herbison told The Herald Sun that a recent storyline ‘leak’ did not fully explain how the ’80s golden couple will return to Ramsay Street.’What I’ve read is not what happens which is great. It hasn’t come out yet,’ he said. 

Mr Herbison kept tight-lipped about the details of their appearance, but he did say the cameo was ’emotional’ for the actors. 

‘Seeing Kylie back as Charlene was quite a moment. Very special and I think for them too it was a real full circle for them,’ he said. 

Kylie and Jason’s wedding on the series 34 years ago was watched by 22 million people across Australia and the UK.

Neighbours: The Finale will air Friday 29th July at 9pm on Channel 5

Neighbor's Alan Fletcher says the cast found their final scenes difficult as the soap is being discontinued after 37 years

Coming home: It comes after executive producer Jason Herbison hinted Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan may have a bigger role in the finale than previously reported

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