2.5m Brits watch Neighbours finale » Olite

Over 2.5 million Brits tuned in for the one hour Neighbours finale on Channel 5.

According to Digital Spy, it became the show’s highest rated episode since 2008 and its third highest rated episode ever  on Channel 5.

On social media there was an outpouring of emotion, especially from those who grew up with the show and linked it to pivotal moments in their own lives.

It’s a Sin and returning Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies said “Brilliant finale. Beautifully done. Funny and kind and forgiveness for Izzy! And Plain Jane Superbrain becoming more beautiful by putting her glasses ON is absolute scriptwriting genius. So many great actors, I’d kill to work with Jackie Woodburne! We measure our lives by these shows, and that’s a wonderful thing.”

I’ve watched #Neighbours for much of my life. It always reminds me of happier times – when I was a child, staying at my Nanny’s house. To this day, I always think of her when I tune in. 💕

Thank you @NeighboursTV. To quote Rachel Kinksi and Ty Harper, you’re ‘Unforgettable’.

— Stephen Patterson (@mr_sjpatterson) July 29, 2022

MADGE. OH GOD MADGE. I’M A MESS.#NeighboursFinale pic.twitter.com/BNDZlAQpW5

— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) July 29, 2022

The perfect ending. To a show that shouldn’t even be ending in the first place. #Neighbours#NeighboursFinale

— Stephen Patterson (@mr_sjpatterson) July 29, 2022

I feel sorry for all the kids who do not know what it was to sit down in your school uniform and watch Newsround, Blue Peter & then Neighbours every weeknight! #NeighboursFinale

— Beccy Wood (@BeccyWoodTV) July 29, 2022

Possibly shedding a tear at the end of #NeighboursFinale

— Richard Osman (@richardosman) July 29, 2022

A lot of talk lately about all the success stories that came out of #Neighbours but Jackie Woodburne is easily one of the best actresses to come out of Australia. Queen of the cul-de-sac 👑 #NeighboursFinale pic.twitter.com/L3jg6uxcqK

— Joe (@onlyjoekin_) July 29, 2022

Dead end? I think not. A masterclass of a sudsy swan song. https://t.co/Dolwlk3M3w

— Richard Arnold (@RichardAArnold) July 29, 2022


Travellers on the London Underground were even greeted by a poem from staff to Neighbours.

Everybody needs good neighbours and you were simply the best.
Thank you to all of the cast & crew for becoming good friends to us for 37 years and giving us so many wonderful memories.
Love from all of your fans#Neighbours#NeighboursFinale#CelebratingNeighbours @kylieminogue pic.twitter.com/7DGikAH3uJ

— All On The Board (@allontheboard) July 29, 2022

Tourism Australia also ran a special ‘Visit Australia’ advertisement produced by Fremantle and CHEP Network.

The end line, ‘Say g’day to Australia’, appears in the same font as the show’s logo.

”For four decades, a little touch of the Australian lifestyle has been appearing in everyone’s living room every day,” Sally Cope, Tourism Australia’s regional general manager for the UK and Northern Europe told The Drum.

The Neighbours finale doesn’t air in Ireland until Wednesday.

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