“The idea of not being Mel anymore is devastating.”
Neighbours‘ Melanie Pearson actress Lucinda Cowden has pledged her signature to a fan petition hoping to save the Australian soap.
It was confirmed yesterday (February 6) that the show’s 37th year on our screens would be its last on Channel 5, but as we know from Netflix’s storied history, cancelled titles can always find new broadcasting homes.
Through change.org, fan Edward Skylover is attempting to gather 35,000 signatures for his ‘Channel 5 – Don’t Axe Neighbours’ petition, and at the time of writing, he’s already accumulated over 25,000 of those, including Cowden’s.
“It’s my job… and I love it… and the idea of not being Mel anymore is devastating,” she commented, while a passionate viewer added: “Neighbours is one of the few soaps that transports me to a happy place! The brightness, the sun, the characters, the street, the nostalgia. It simply cannot go!”
At this rate, that extra 10,000 will be in the bag in no time.
Skylover’s central message reads: “Neighbours has been a staple on UK screens for over 35 years – and has been watched by generations. It now faces the axe due to reports that Channel 5 are struggling to come to a deal with Fremantle Media.
“Neighbours is more than just a TV show – it is a source of comfort and entertainment for generations of fans who have watched it for decades – it is one of the most loved TV shows in the UK and brings lots of viewers from all backgrounds to Channel 5’s catalogue of channels. Even Adele is a fan. Channel 5 – we plead with you – please find a way to keep Neighbours on air.”
On Sunday, a Channel 5 spokesperson told Insertions.us: “Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.
“We’d also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbours across the years. We recognise that there will be disappointment about this decision, however our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers.”
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).