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Neighbours: Guy Pearce returns one last time to Ramsay Street


By A. James for Daily Mail Australia

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The cast and crew of Neighbors left Ramsay Street for the last time.

The beloved soap opera, which debuted in 1985 and launched the careers of superstars Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe and Margot Robbie, came to an end for good on Friday on location in Melbourne.

Local Hollywood actor Guy Pearce, 54, who first appeared on the show in 1986, joined a long list of former Neighbors stars drawn in for the latest episode, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reports The Herald Sun.

It’s over: Hollywood actor Guy Pearce, 54, (pictured) has joined a long list of former Neighbors stars lured for The Herald-Sun final episode reports

“I’ve been asked to come back many times over the years and wondered if it was the right thing to do,” the handsome star said.

“But once I knew the show was ending, I knew I had to.”

Neighbors was axed after Britain’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to fund and broadcast the series.

Pearce enjoyed a cast reunion as he filmed the emotional final scenes with former co-stars Ian Smith, who played the legendary Harold Bishop, and Henrietta Graham, Annie Jones and Peter O’Brien.

Spellbound: Scott and Charlene's wedding on Neighbors was watched by 22 million viewers in the UK alone Photo: Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue

Spellbound: Scott and Charlene’s wedding on Neighbors was watched by 22 million viewers in the UK alone Photo: Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue

Star-maker: Neighbors launched the career of Guy Pearce

Star-maker: Neighbors launched the career of Guy Pearce

Meanwhile, executive producer Jason Herbison paid a moving tribute to the show on its final day of filming, describing the mood on set as “bittersweet”, TV Tonight reports.

“We’re all sad the show is ending,” he said.

“But we are all extremely proud. 37 years old is an incredible achievement and it should be celebrated.

Superstar: Margot Robbie (pictured) was another star cast on Neighbors

Superstar: Margot Robbie (pictured) was another star cast on Neighbors

Herbison acknowledged the outpouring of grief from fans and supporters once news broke that Neighbors would be ending their epic run.

“We were also incredibly touched by the response from our viewers around the world,” he said. “Neighbors is more than a TV show for a lot of people.”

Stars who started their careers on Neighbors include Craig McLachlan, 56, who won three Logie Awards while appearing on the show between 1987 and 1999; pop star Delta Goodrem, 37; and famous, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, both now 54.

End of an era: Jason Herbison, executive producer of Neighbors

End of an era: Jason Herbison, executive producer of Neighbors

Kylie and Jason filmed their scenes for the highly anticipated finale in half a day on April 28.

The pair appeared as hugely popular husband and wife team Charlene and Scott Robinson on the long-running series.

According to sources close to the production, Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes with characters including Harold Bishop (Ian Smith), Jane Harris (Annie Jones) and Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis).

Reunion: Guy Pearce and his co-star Peter O'Brien share a joke about filming the final scenes

Reunion: Guy Pearce and his co-star Peter O’Brien share a joke about filming the final scenes

Neighbors announced production would cease on the long-running soap in a tweet in March.

“We are truly sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes aired, we must confirm that Neighbors will cease production in June,” the show wrote.

The final episode will air on August 1 and in Australia it will appear on 10 Peach, where the series moved to in 2011.

The End of Ramsay Street: The final episode airs August 1 Photo: The Neighbors Cast

The End of Ramsay Street: The final episode airs August 1 Photo: The Neighbors Cast



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