Following its demise earlier this year due to the loss of its key UK broadcast partner Channel 5, the filming of the renowned Australian soap Neighbours is coming to an end.
And, according to a new claim, the classic series, which premiered in 1985, is employing stand-ins – commonly known as body doubles – to complete sequences with two of the show’s most famous stars, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
The duo played Charlene and Scott Robinson, a husband and wife on the long-running series, and lookalikes of the famed couple have been spotted on site recently, according to The Herald Sun.
On April 28, the performers shot their scenes for the highly anticipated final episode in half a day.
According to The Herald Sun, additional TikTok film of the ‘doubles,’ one of whom wore a curly wig, was shot a few days later.
‘As with most TV and cinema, there are doubles/stand-ins employed for various reasons,’ a Channel 10 representative stated in a statement.
Kylie, 54, and Jason, 54, join a long number of previous Neighbours performers who have been enticed back for the last episode, including Ian Smith, who played Harold Bishop, and Daniel MacPherson, who played Joel Samuels, as well as Mark Little (Joe Mangle) and Paul Keane (Des Clarke).
According to behind-the-scenes sources, Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes alongside Harold Bishop, Jane (Annie Jones), and Paul (Stefan Dennis).
The moments between Kylie and Jason were taped in secret, according to the producers.
‘I told a couple of producers, a costume person, I did not tell any of the writers and I quietly wrote the scenes myself,’ explains Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison.
‘I gave them the scenes and on the day the crew did not know until they (Minogue and Donovan) arrived and out came Scott and Charlene,’ he said.
‘It was very special.’
In March, Neighbours tweeted that production on the long-running soap would come to an end.
‘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,’ the show wrote.
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 cease production in June, after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes,’ a network spokesperson announced.
‘This difficult decision came after the search for an alternative UK broadcast partner proved unsuccessful.’
The final episode will air on August 1st, and it will run on 10 Peach in Australia, where the show was relocated in 2011.
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