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Neighbors: TV soap will be removed as Channel 5 boosts investment in British drama | Ents & Arts News

Neighbors will be laid off in nearly four decades, with Channel 5 saying it would instead increase investment in the original British drama.

In a statement to Sky News, a Channel 5 spokesman said: “Neighbors will no longer be broadcasting on Channel 5 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 the entire production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.

“Of course, we would also like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbors over the years.

“We acknowledge that we will be disappointed with this decision, but our current focus is on increasing our investment in original British drama, which is very attractive to our viewers.

This comes after reports that Channel 5, Fremantle Media and the Australian TV channel Channel 10 were trying to reach an agreement to secure the future of the show.

The soap, which was shot in Australia, has relied on Channel 5 funding in recent years.

It reportedly attracted an audience of more than one million viewers in the United Kingdom in two daily broadcasts.

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Nearly 20 million viewers in the UK watched the wedding between Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue). Photo: Fremantle Media / Shutterstock

In Australia, it is shown on a digital channel to a smaller audience.

Neighbors began depicting the lives of Ramsay Street residents in 1985 and was shown for the first time in the UK the following year.

According to The Sun, which was the first to raise doubts about the show’s future, the producers are considering bringing pop star Kylie Minogue back.

Minogue began his career in soap as the boys’ mechanic Charlene Robinson, but left in 1988 to pursue a career in music.

Since then, the soap has marked the beginning of the careers of a number of Australian actors, actresses and musicians, including Alan Dale, Craig McLachlan, Delta Goodrem, Guy Pierce, Jesse Spencer and Margo Robbie.

Neighbors: TV soap will be removed as Channel 5 boosts investment in British drama | Ents & Arts News

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