When and where UK audiences can watch the final episode of Neighbours

As Neighbours comes to an end, when and where UK audiences can watch the much-anticipated final episode of the long-running soap opera

Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie are just a few of the famous faces who have returned to Neighbours for its final ever episode.

The Channel 5 soap first aired in 1985 and has been on screens for 37 years, but in March it was announced the Australian series was being axed after 8,903 episodes.

It was announced that Kylie and Jason would be returning as Charlene and Scott Robinson for the episode, while Margot was also confirmed to be returning as Donna Goodman, along with other fan favourites.

The much-anticipated finale aired in Australia on Thursday evening, but when and where can you watch the episode in the UK?

Finale: The finale aired in Australia on Thursday evening, but when and where can you watch the episode in the UK? Pictured: Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as Charlene and Scott 

What time is it on?

The final episode of Neighbours is airing on Friday July 29, 2022, at 9pm.

Where can I watch it? 

Neighbours: The Finale is being broadcast on Channel 5 as a double episode special.

What can I expect?

A synopsis for the finale reads: ‘Jane gives Mike a tour of all the Ramsay Street houses before the go under the hammer. As old feelings stir, Clive’s jealousy leads to a shocking confrontation. 

‘Harold asks Karl and Susan to be the custodians of the history book. Faced with her beloved friends and neighbours leaving, Susan struggles with her feelings. 

Teaser: Neighbours released a heartwarming finale trailer ahead of its last ever episode, including throwback pictures of Scott and Charlene

‘As Toadie and Melanie’s wedding gets underway, Terese and Paul confront their unresolved feelings.’

Neighbours released a heartwarming finale trailer ahead of its last ever episode.

The short clip teased that fans will be in for an emotional hour as some of the stars bid farewell, while others return to the iconic Ramsay Street.

The 40 second video starts with a shot of the iconic Ramsay Street sign while Harold Bishop reflects on his time in Erinsborough by syaing, ‘It certainly feels like the end of an era. It all goes so quickly.’

The trailer shows that Kylie Minogue and her real-life ex Jason Donovan have finally reunited to play Scott and Charlene one last time for their final scenes on Neighbours.

The couple are seen leaning against their car, as they take in the surroundings and reminisce on their time together in the town.

In the 80s, the show was unstoppable with Kylie and Jason’s onscreen wedding as Scott and Charlene was watched by two million Australians on July 1, 1987.

Their union was an even bigger attraction when it aired in the UK a year later, drawing 19.6 million viewers, making it Britain’s third most-watched show of 1988. 

Kylie and Jason, who were dating in real life at the time were household names in both countries, and would each go on to launch music careers in the UK.

Iconic: The Channel 5 soap first aired in 1985 and has been on screens for 37 years, but in March it was announced the Australian series was being axed after 8,903 episodes

Their on-screen relationship began after Scott mistook Charlene for an intruder at his neighbour Madge Ramsay’s house, before eventually learning she was Madge’s daughter.

After getting married, the pair left Erinsborough and moved to Brisbane.

Elsewhere in the trailer, a number of Neighbours legends return to our screens including Joel Samuels (Daniel McPherson) and Mike Young (Guy Pearce).

It ends with a shot of the street and Susan Kennedy saying: ‘We might be leaving the street, but we’re always going to be in each other’s lives. Always.’

Susan Kennedy is heard saying: ‘We might be leaving the street, but we’re always going to be in each other’s lives.’

And Margot Robbie is set to return to her old stomping ground of Neighbours in a cameo filmed over Zoom, news.com.au reported on Sunday.

The 32-year-old, who played Donna Freedman on the soap between 2008 and 2011, was reportedly unable to fly home to shoot the scenes. 

Instead, she recorded an appearance over video link, and sent pricey Champagne to the cast as thanks. 

The publication reported that former stars Delta Goodrem, Kym Valentine, Carla Bonner and Jesse Spencer are all set to return too. 

Emotional: 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

She’s back! And Margot Robbie is set to return to her old stomping ground of Neighbours in a cameo filmed over Zoom, news.com.au reported on Sunday 

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.

The beleaguered soap opera faced an uncertain future following its cancellation by original network Channel 5, where it has spent the last 14 of its 37 years on British TV.

And Fremantle Media, the production company responsible for its development confirmed it would be taken off-air indefinitely over the summer after an ‘extensive search for alternative funding’ ended in failure.

News of the finale air date comes after it was reported that the stars of Neighbours will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the finale episode.

Exciting: News of the finale air date comes after it was reported that the stars of Neighbours will reportedly embark on a ‘farewell tour’ of the UK after the finale episode

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

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. 

Neighbours: The Finale airs Friday 29th July at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Neighbours’ most memorable storylines

Scott and Charlene’s wedding 

Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988.

The pair’s friend and family were seen in floods of tears as Charlene walked down the aisle to Angry Anderson power ballad Suddenly, with neighbour Nell Mangel catching the bouquet.

Mark leaves Annalise at the altar

Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s nuptials didn’t go to plan in 1994. While both parties were nervous on the day, Mark left Annalise at the alter, saying he couldn’t marry her. 

However, it wasn’t totally down to Annalise as he decided marriage wasn’t for him and decided to become a priest.

The death of Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, established herself as the grandmother of Ramsay Street.

Embroiled in some gripping storylines, over the years she saw her life stolen by a conman, she had an affair with her daughter’s fiancé, and she fell down some stairs before suffering a stroke.

In a bid to bring the warring Ramsay and Robinson families together, she gathered them round to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding together but, as they bickered over their differences, she quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle

Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) lives were entangled before the show even hit screens, with the trio knowing one another from their school days.

Madge fell head over heels for ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold but was also strongly attracted to cheeky Lou. 

However, Madge’s life took an unexpected turn for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, with their relationship soon becoming troubled.

Madge and Harold later got back together and he proposed much to the distaste of Lou who attempted to win Madge over. Madge eventually married Harold in 1988.

After Harold’s death, Lou set his sights on Madge once more and the pair planned to marry but they called it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold returns from the dead 

Harold was killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea when Madge’s back was turned, leaving nothing behind other than his glasses.

However, he made a shock return to Erinsborough five years later, declaring he’d suffered from amnesia, with Helen Daniels running into him by chance while browsing in a Salvation Army shop.

He returned to Ramsay Street to be reunited with Madge.

Madge’s death

Madge appeared on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After Harold’s return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a child but she was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors told her she had just months to live but further tragedy struck when her life was shortened even further after she developed septicaemia after cutting her finger.

Before her death, Lou confessed his undying love for her and she died in the arms of Harold. 

Susan’s memory loss

In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002.

She was convinced she was 16 years old again, a situation that left her incredibly confused when she found herself by chance at a 70s-themed birthday party. 

Toady’s heartache

Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, found was first heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found.

In 2010 he left Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) at the alter when he realised she didn’t love him and during his third wedding to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, a gas bottle exploded during the reception, destroying their marquee and leaving Sonya with a fractured skull and no memory of the wedding. Characters Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson were also killed in the blast.

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