A brand new series will begin filming in Australia in 2023 to air later that year!
At the end of July, after 37 years on our screens, millions came together to watch the finale of Australia’s longest-running drama, Neighbours. The 90-minute finale saw a number of returning favourites, including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan who returned as lovebirds Charlene and Scott.
Now just over three months later, it has been confirmed by Amazon Freevee that the series will be returning to television with a brand new series to begin filming in Australia next year.
The series will follow the events of the finale and serves as a continuation of the long-running daily drama series about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne.
Confirmed actors returning to Neighbours include Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Ryan Moloney, and Jackie Woodburne.
The revitalized series will premiere exclusively for free on Amazon Freevee in the UK and U.S. and will include streaming rights to thousands of episodes from the previous seasons, available prior to the new series premiere.
The series will also stream on Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Production is set to commence in early 2023 with a world premiere slated for the second half of the year.
Speaking about today's news, Head of AVOD Original Content and Programming at Amazon Studios, Lauren Anderson, said "Neighbours has captivated its audience for nearly 40 years, building a dedicated and loyal following for the lives and stories of the characters on Ramsay Street. With the power of streaming, we’re able to offer a catalogue of thousands of Neighbours episodes for new audiences to discover this legendary series and current fans to relive their favorite moments. We look forward to immersing the audience in new Ramsay Street experiences when we relaunch the show next year for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video customers."
To which global CEO of Fremantle, Jennifer Mullin, added "Neighbours is a unique series with a powerful connection with its fans across the world. We cherish the show and all those who have been part of its incredible story over many decades, so we are thrilled that we have found a new home with Amazon Freevee."
"Thanks to the innovative Amazon Freevee platform, many classic episodes will be available to fans, and Neighbours will go back into full production in Australia early next year, providing our fans with new episodes."
“This partnership with Amazon Freevee marks an exciting new chapter, and we look forward to collaborating with them, along with our long-term and valued partner in Australia, Network 10.”
Neighbours ran for more than three decades and had nearly 9,000 episodes, garnering fans across the globe and launching the careers of many household names.
The Australian show has screened in multiple countries during its reign, including the UK, airing on both BBC One and, most recently, Channel 5, since its launch in 1985.
The final episode of Neighbours aired in July 2022 and featured guest star appearances from Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan, and Margot Robbie, all of whom were series cast members earlier in their careers.
Neighbours will continue to be produced by Fremantle with Neighbours’ executive producer since 2013, Jason Herbison maintaining his position on the exciting new chapter of Neighbours, with Andrew Thompson returning as producer.
Australia’s Network 10, the home of Neighbours for 36 years, will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new series.
Neighbours will return on Amazon Freevee in 2023