Sombre Neighbours stars carry furniture off set as soap is axed after 37 years

The cast of Neighbours were pictured looking solemn taking furniture off set on Friday as they returned to work for the first time following the news of the show being axed.

It was confirmed this week that the Australian soap is ceasing production after 37 years as key supporting network Channel 5 decided to no longer air the series.

“We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,” a statement from Neighbours production read.

“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.”

Despite petitions made by 60,000 viewers in effort to keep Neighbours on British TV, the show ultimately failed to be able to keep going to the sadness of the cast no doubt, who arrived on set appearing visibly downcast about the news.

Longstanding series member Stefan Dennis, who plays Paul Robinson on the soap, was photographed amongst the actors returned to the Neighbours lot carrying a chair in hand as he walked off set.

The 63 year old actor was dressed smartly in a white shirt, black tailored trousers and matching loafers as he was spotted taking the piece of furniture away and was seen elsewhere sitting in a car with sunglasses on the same day.

Stefan featured as character Paul first back in the 1985 to 1993, before taking the role back on in 2004 and has remained a fan favourite among viewers ever since.

Also pictured on set was Jenna Donovan, daughter of Neighbours alum Jason Donovan, seen wearing a peach oversized T-shirt, cycling shorts and pink sandals as she strolled through production.

The 21 year old appeared glum as she made her way around the Neighbours lot, preparing to move on from the show after first joining in 2019 following in her dad’s early career footsteps as a soap actor.

Several cast members made their way on set a day after the devastating news that has been given a glimmer of hope by Network 10, who stated that they would continue to support Neighbours if another broadcaster brought the show on in the future.

“As outlined in the email to Neighbours cast and crew, it is our intention to continue our association with Neighbours if another broadcast partner comes forward,' a spokesperson told TV Tonight.

"Network 10 has an ongoing commitment to the show, the cast and crew and is hopeful that Fremantle will find a new production partner. We will provide further updates as they become available”.

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