Australia’s longest-running soap is wrapping up its run with an extra-long episode to celebrate its incredible legacy. Beloved at home and even more so in the UK, Neighbours is getting a star-studded send off, with dozens of former cast members returning to play their iconic characters. Below we explain how to watch Neighbours final episode online FREE on 10 Play in Australia and abroad right now.
It'll be an emotional affair as we depart Ramsey Street forever. The show featured almost 9,000 episodes from its 1985 debut, and launched the fledgling careers of many aspiring actors into the stratosphere.
The stunning rollcall of celebrities returning to pay their dues includes pop superstar Kylie Minogue and actor Jason Donovan as Charlene and Scott, whose TV wedding in 1987 amassed 20 million UK viewers. Hollywood heartthrob Guy Pearce will reprise his role as Mike Young, in addition to former cast members Margot Robbie, Natalie Imbruglia, and Chicago Fire actor Jesse Spencer.
Fans might have a harder time saying goodbye to good friends Susan and Karl Kennedy, a mainstay of the show for a whopping 28 years, as well as married couple David and Aaron, Harold Bishop, and series legend Madge (Anne Charleston), who, although dead, is to make one final appearance as an apparition.
So, hankies at the ready as we wave off one of TV’s most beloved soaps. Just read on below for how to watch Neighbours final episode online and absolutely free today.
How to watch Neighbours online FREE in Australia
Cable viewers could catch the Neighbours final episode on both channels 10 and 10Peach, which aired the 90-minute special on Thursday, July 28 at 7.30pm AEST.
You can now catch up and watch back on Network 10’s online service 10 Play , which is completely FREE and will let you watch the Neighbours special on-demand at anytime.
The episode will be available on the platform for the next six months, and all you need to do is to create a 10 Play account and log in to start streaming.
The 10 Play app is available on most devices, including Apple devices running iOS 11.0 or later, Android, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Fetch TV devices, plus select Samsung TVS, in addition to Windows 10 desktops and tablets.
How to watch Neighbours final episode from abroad
While Aussies at home can easily catch the final episode of Neighbours, TV soap fans travelling abroad will find the situation a little more complicated. Trying to log in to 10 Play online won’t be possible due to geo-blocking restrictions, which will inform you you're in the wrong country.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix: simply download and use a VPN to watch it. A VPN is a nifty bit of kit changes your IP address, allowing you to connect to your favourite on-demand services and watch all of its premium content regardless of where you’re streaming from.
Then you can easily sit back and watch the epic Neighbours finale from wherever you are.
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Once downloaded, search for the location of your home country or select it from the pre-defined list, and click connect. That's it: streaming your favourite UK shows will now be a breeze no matter where you are.
How to watch Neighbours online FREE in the UK
It’s a Neighbours all-day extravaganza on Channel 5 on Friday, July 29 in the UK.
After the penultimate episode of Neighbours is broadcast at 1.45pm BST – repeated at 6pm – you'll want to catch the last ever episode, airing the same evening at 9pm BST.
Prefer to watch your TV on a mobile device? Then catch-up service My5 will let you watch the broadcast online live and completely FREE. The Neighbours final episode will then be available to stream on-demand at a later date, but only for a limited time.
However, things get much trickier if you're currently outside of the UK. If you're abroad for whatever reason, using a VPN can allow you to tune into a UK server and watch the Neighbours finale like you're at home, as we’ve explained above.
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