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Fans spot BODY DOUBLES standing in for Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan on the set of Neighbours finale ahead of the stars’ hotly anticipated return

The filming of beloved Australian soap Neighbours is coming to an end, following its cancellation early this year after it lost its main UK broadcast partner Channel 5.

And a new report claims the iconic series, which first aired in 1985, is using stand-ins – also known as body doubles – in order to complete scenes with two of the shows 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 couple have been spotted on set recently, reports The Herald Sun.

The actors filmed their scenes for the much anticipated final episode in half a day on April 28. 

Later, TikTok footage emerged of the ‘doubles’, one of which donned a curly wig, which was shot some days later, according to The Herald Sun.

Kylie, 54, and Jason, also 54, join a long-list of former-Neighbours stars lured back for the final episode including Harold Bishop star Ian Smith and Joel Samuels actor Daniel MacPherson, alongside Mark Little (Joe Mangle) and Paul Keane (Des Clarke). 

Done and dusted: The actors filmed their scenes for the much anticipated final episode in half a day on April 28. Jason Donovan is pictured in 2021

Done and dusted: The actors filmed their scenes for the much anticipated final episode in half a day on April 28. Jason Donovan is pictured in 2021

Beloved: According to sources Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes with characters including Harold Bishop, Jane (Annie Jones), and Paul (Stefan Dennis). Kylie is pictured in 2022

Beloved: According to sources Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes with characters including Harold Bishop, Jane (Annie Jones), and Paul (Stefan Dennis). Kylie is pictured in 2022

According to sources close to the production Kylie and Jason appeared in scenes with characters including Harold Bishop, Jane (Annie Jones), and Paul (Stefan Dennis).

Producers revealed that the scenes with Kylie and Jason were filmed in top secret. 

‘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.

Doubles? Later, TikTok footage emerged of the 'doubles' (pictured), one of which donned a curly wig, which was shot some days later, according to The Herald Sun

 Doubles? Later, TikTok footage emerged of the ‘doubles’ (pictured), one of which donned a curly wig, which was shot some days later, according to The Herald Sun

‘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. 

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‘It was very special.’ 

Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March.

‘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.

Beloved: Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue famously appeared as husband and wife, Charlene and Scott Robinson, on the long running series

Beloved: Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue famously appeared as husband and wife, Charlene and Scott Robinson, on the long running series 

Network 10 addressed the end of the series in a statement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a ‘difficult 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 last ever episode will air on August 1 – and in Australia, it will appear on 10 Peach, where the show moved to back in 2011.

Famous: Jason Donovan is pictured sharing a scene with a young Russell Crowe in Neighbours

Famous: Jason Donovan is pictured sharing a scene with a young Russell Crowe in Neighbours

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