Fans of the iconic Australian soap opera, Neighbours, have been eagerly awaiting the return of their favourite show. Today, we can finally share some exciting news.
The official teaser trailer for the new chapter of Neighbours has been released, and even more importantly, the premiere date has finally been confirmed – September 18, 2023 (see more scheduling details below).
The beloved series, which has been off-air since its finale in 2022, is set to make a triumphant return to screens, exclusively on Amazon’s free streaming service – Freevee (in the UK and the US. In other countries, it will air on Prime Video).
Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ Executive Producer, expressed the team’s excitement about the return of the show, stating:
“All the cast and crew are incredibly excited that Ramsay Street will officially welcome viewers again to the neighbourhood on 18 September in the UK and Australia, and also be introduced to brand new audiences in the US and Canada when the new chapter of Neighbours is unveiled.”
Neighbours Returning… To Streaming
The series, which has been a staple of Australian television for over three decades, follows the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne.
The show has garnered a global fanbase and launched the careers of many household names, such as Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, and Russell Crowe.
However, in February 2022, Channel 5, which was the main funder of the show, announced that it would no longer air the series, leading to its cancellation.
The final episode aired in July 2022, featuring guest appearances from former series cast members Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan, and Margot Robbie.
Despite the cancellation, fans campaigned for the show’s return, and eventually, Amazon stepped in to save the series. Production for the new season officially began on April 17, 2023, at Nunawading Studios in Melbourne, Australia.
The new series will star a mix of familiar faces and fresh talent.
Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Ryan Moloney, Jackie Woodburne, and Annie Jones are all set to reprise their roles.
In addition, Annie Jones (Jane Harris), Rebekah Elmaloglou (Terese Willis), Georgie Stone (Mackenzie Hargreaves), and Tim Kano (Leo Tanaka) would return as series regulars.
Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), April Rose Pengilly (Chloe Brennan), and Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson) will also return in guest roles. And a new character, Reece, will be portrayed by Mischa Barton from The O.C. fame.
The new season will also introduce the vibrant Varga-Murphy family, comprising two mums and their teenage sons, who promise to bring a breath of fresh air to the neighbourhood – and a hint of mystery.
When and Where to Watch the New Neighbours
As the anticipation builds for the return of Neighbours, we’ve gathered all the key details you need to know about the airing of the new episodes.
Premiere Date: The new chapter of ‘Neighbours’ is set to premiere on Monday, September 18. This date marks the much-awaited return of the beloved series, following its finale in 2022.
Airing Schedule: New episodes of Neighbours will be released daily, from Monday to Thursday. This schedule allows fans to enjoy a steady stream of new content throughout the week, keeping the drama and excitement alive on Ramsay Street.
Streaming Service: The new episodes of Neighbours will be available exclusively on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the US. (And on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand).
The new teaser trailer:
For those who can’t wait until September, Freevee is currently streaming previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as many iconic episodes.
Additionally, the free streaming service will feature two series-themed free ad-supported channels on the service, Neighbours – Looking Back and Best of Neighbours.
How To Watch Neighbours On Freevee In The UK
Amazon’s Freevee, formerly known as IMDbTV, will host Neighbours exclusively for free in the UK and the US.
Freevee is available to watch on multiple platforms:
On the Prime Video app: As a free Prime Video channel.
Prime Video channels are accessible either directly on a computer browser, or with all versions of the Prime Video app, which are available on almost every streaming device – Fire TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, most Smart TVs and Sky’s devices.
However, unlike most other Prime Video channels, Freevee doesn’t require an Amazon Prime subscription – though you do need to have a (free) Amazon account.
The Fire TV App: The app is available on Amazon’s Fire TV devices, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, as well as on Amazon’s tablets, such as the Fire HD 10. You can install it directly on your device, or via this link.
The Google TV / Android TV App: The Amazon Freevee app is available across Google TV and other Android TV OS devices including Sony, Panasonic, Hisense, Phillips, Sharp, Vestel, Nvidia, Xiaomi, TCL and more.
The Android Mobile App: Available for Android phones and tablets, on the Google Play store.
The iOS App: Available for iPhones, iPads and Apple TV 4K / Apple TV HD on Apple’s App Store.
In the US, the app is also available on Roku devices, as well as on many Smart TVs – but those versions aren’t available in the UK yet.
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