The sunnier climates will be off screen for a few weeks (Picture: Channel 5)For many, having Australian soaps is a welcome reprieve from the reality of life in the UK now.
Viewers can vicariously soak up the sun and enjoy sandy beaches through the characters.
However, Neighbours was one of several productions that had to adapt to the global pandemic, which had a knock-on effect here in the UK, with fewer episodes airing in order to not run out.
Not only were fewer episodes shown, it’s been confirmed that the soap will take a Christmas break from today, December 23.
When will it be back?
When is Neighbours back?
Channel 5 has confirmed that the soap will return on Monday, January 4.
Among what’s sure to be more drama for the cast in 2021, it is known that the character Melanie Pearson is set to return.
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. ð ðWe’ve been loving seeing all your guesses about the mysterious woman in our new promo and now it’s finally time to reveal her. ð±Please welcome back to #Neighbours … pic.twitter.com/u1jEYCe5aA— Neighbours (@neighbours) December 9, 2020
Played by Lucinda Cowden, Melanie was first on the show way back in 1987 but has returned for special stints.
What time and channel is Neighbours on?
Neighbours airs on weekdays at 1pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.
You can also catch up on the latest Neighbours episodes online via My5.
When will the UK episodes catch up to Australia?
The Aussie soap has a three-week delay compared to the Australian schedule.
The UK schedule fell behind because of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in the year, a spokesperson for Channel 5 confirmed they would reduce the number of episodes shown each week in the UK.
The statement said: ‘Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainties surrounding production, Channel 5 took a precautionary measure to reduce the number of Neighbours episodes earlier this year, ensuring that dedicated viewers could enjoy the soap for as long as possible.
‘Currently, Channel 5’s full schedule means it is unlikely that we will be able to catch up with the transmission of episodes in Australia in the near future.
‘Neighbours will return to UK screens on 4 January 2021, and we hope that viewers will continue to enjoy watching Neighbours with the profound affection that we know many of them hold for the soap.’
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