AUSTRALIAN soap ‘Neighbours’ is to return for a brand-new series in 2023 after it was saved by Amazon.
The soap ended in July after 37 years, but in a shock move it is coming back for a brand-new series next year after being saved by Amazon Freevee.
A tweet on the official ‘Neighbours’ Twitter account read: “Breaking News from Erinsborough!
“Neighbours will return for a brand-new series next year exclusively on @AmazonFreevee, alongside thousands of episodes from previous seasons to stream as you please.”
Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson), Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy), Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) and Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi) are all set to return to the soap.
Lauren Anderson, head of AVoD original content and programming, Amazon Studios, 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 favourite 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.”
Production on ‘Neighbours’ will begin in early 2023, and the soap will return in the second half of the year.
In July, Alan admitted he felt overwhelmed with emotion during his last day on ‘Neighbours’.
He said at the time: “It was very hard to fight back tears as we were saying the dialogue for what was going to be the last moments of the show. “There were hundreds of people in the studio to watch that final piece of filming. We had some speeches, I said a few words. There were some tears. There were some celebrations.”