Fans see BODY DUBLES take the place of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan on the set of Neighbors final ahead of the stars’ highly anticipated return
The filming of the beloved Australian soap Neighbors is coming to an end after being canceled early this year after it lost its main UK broadcast partner Channel 5.
And a new report claims that the iconic series, which first aired in 1985, uses stand-ins – aka body doubles – to complete scenes with two of the show’s biggest names, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
The pair famously appeared as husband and wife, Charlene and Scott Robinson, on the long-running series, and lookalike versions of the iconic pair have recently been spotted on set, reports The Herald Sun†
Icons: Neighbors uses stand-ins — also known as body doubles — to complete scenes with two of the show’s biggest names, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, a new report said on Friday. Pictured in the soap in the 80s
The actors filmed their scenes for the highly anticipated final episode in half a day on April 28.
TikTok images later surfaced of the “doubles,” one of which was wearing a curly wig, which was shot several days later, according to The Herald Sun.
Kylie, 54, and Jason, also 54, join a long list of former Neighbors stars who have been lured back to the latest episode, including Harold Bishop star Ian Smith and Joel Samuels actor Daniel MacPherson, alongside Mark Little (Joe Mangle) and Paul Keane (Des Clarke).
Double? TikTok footage later emerged of the ‘doubles’ (pictured), one of whom was wearing a curly wig, who was shot several days later, according to The Herald Sun
According to sources close to the production, Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes with characters like Harold Bishop, Jane (Annie Jones) and Paul (Stefan Dennis).
Producers revealed that the scenes with Kylie and Jason were filmed in secret.
“I told a few producers, a costume person, I didn’t tell any of the writers and I quietly wrote the scenes myself,” explains Neighbors executive producer Jason Herbison.
Lovers: Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue famously appeared as husband and wife, Charlene and Scott Robinson, in the long-running series
“I gave them the scenes and on the day the crew didn’t know until they (Minogue and Donovan) arrived and Scott and Charlene came out,” he said.
“It was very special.”
Neighbors announced in a tweet in March that production of the long-running soap would be halted.
“We’re sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 broadcasts, we have to confirm that Neighbors will stop production in June,” the show wrote.
Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a “tough decision”.
Famous: Jason Donovan is pictured sharing a scene with a young Russell Crowe in Neighbours
“Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbors will stop production in June, after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes,” a network spokesperson announced.
“This difficult decision came after the search for an alternative British broadcasting partner was unsuccessful.”
The last-ever episode will air on August 1, and in Australia it will air on 10 Peach, where the show moved in 2011.
Beloved: Kylie rose to fame in the 1980s with Neighbors. Pictured in 2022