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Neighbours stars filming scenes in Melbourne as the long-running series comes to an end

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Actresses Jacinta Stapleton, Freya Van Dyke, and Lucinda Cowden were spotted filming scenes in Melbourne on Tuesday, as the last season of Neighbours approaches.

The three was spotted filming outside, with a cameraman documenting the action while production workers chatted with them between takes.

Jacinta, 42, appeared on a street with a broom in her hand, dressed in worn jeans, a white T-shirt, and white sneakers.

She filmed alongside Freya, 18, and Lucinda, with her long blonde hair pulled up in a high ponytail.

Lucinda, 57, wore a bohemian print dress with a black belt, brown boots, and a brown handbag and was all smiles on set.

Freya, on the other hand, donned cuffed jeans with a red singlet top, black hooded jacket, and high-top sneakers.

She filmed a cleaning sequence while holding a bucket, with Jacinta scouring things up high with the broom.

Neighbours shared its final cast photo on Wednesday, showcasing the show’s favourite characters having a park picnic.

In March, the series tweeted that production on the long-running soap would come to an end.

‘After over 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes broadcast, we regret to inform you that Neighbours will be ending production in June,’ they wrote.

‘We simply have no choice but to put the show on hold following the loss of our important broadcast partner in the UK, despite a thorough hunt for alternative funding.’

‘We know this is a big disappointment to our amazing, dedicated fans, as it is to all of us on the team. We appreciate all of your messages and support, and we pledge to end the programme on a positive note. We’ll be commemorating Neighbours from now on.’

In a statement to Australian media in March, Network 10 said that ending the series was a “tough decision.”

‘Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbours will end production in June after nearly 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes,’ according to a network representative.

‘This sad choice was made after an unsuccessful search for an alternate UK broadcast partner.’

They went on to say that the show would ‘not air on 10 Peach after September 2022,’ effectively ending its decades-long run.

‘It has been a cornerstone of Australian television drama and Australian cultural exports for almost 35 years,’ they noted.

‘Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a well-known cul-de-sac that has housed Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David, and a slew of other residents.

‘Network 10 appreciates the cast, crew, production team, and Fremantle for bringing the ideal blend of soap and sunshine to Australian and international audiences.’

‘The Australian fans and audiences for their continuous support of the series,’ they added.

‘Their support has been wonderful, especially in the last several weeks. It demonstrates that our audience still wants Australian scripted drama,’ the statement concluded.

‘We listened to them, and there are some interesting new local projects in the works, which is fantastic for our audience and the local economy.’

‘We are confident that the actors, crew, and writers will bring their unique warmth, flair, and humour to the Neighbours set when they begin filming the final episodes in the coming months,’ said the network.

Meanwhile, the soap’s production firm, Fremantle, said it had been unable to find ‘alternative finance’ for the season.

‘It is with sadness that we reveal that Neighbours will cease production in June after over 37 years and approximately 9,000 episodes broadcast,’ they said in a statement on Thursday.

‘We presently have no choice but to put the show on hold following the loss of a key broadcast partner in the UK, despite our efforts to find other funding.’

‘Since the news broke, everyone at Neighbours has been thrilled by the love and support from the audience.’

‘The show has transported a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of millions of people around the world, creating hundreds of popular names in the process.’

‘However, as this chapter of Ramsay Street draws to a close, we pledge to do everything in our power to give the show the proper send-off it deserves.’

In February, it was reported that Neighbours’ future was in risk as Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the show.

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