The Neighbours boss explains why there was no footage in the UK series finale episode

The Neighbours boss explains why there was no footage in the UK series finale episode ...

Jason Herbison, the executive producer of Neighbours, has set the record straight about missing footage from the soap's final episode in the United Kingdom.

The last ever episode, which aired on Thursday (July 28) and Friday (July 29), has been compared by Eagle-eyed fans in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sky Mangel's brief video message was absent from the UK final, along with a moving moment when Karl Kennedy told Toadie Rebecchi that he considers him as a son.

Beth Brennan's video message about her son Ned Willis was also slashed.

While some fans have accused Channel 5 of tinkering with the finale, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal that both versions were made by Neighbours' production team in Australia.

The subtle differences were related to Australia's 90-minute Neighbours finale, while the United Kingdom's 30-minute daytime episode and an hour-long 9pm special.

Herbison, the person who wrote the script for the finale, told Digital Spy: "The conclusion was always intended to be a one-hour special. However, when [Australian channel] Network 10 made the decision to run 90-minute episodes in the final week, we suddenly found ourselves with more screen time.

"It opened up over a minute after dumping the second last episode with the conclusion and removing an additional set of credits and recap.

"We hurriedly added in some additional moments, such as Karl's longer address and Beth blowing a kiss to Ned."

"With so much story at play, there was a lot of material left on the floor," he said. In the final episode, there is easily another 15 minutes of unseen footage, including the video messages.

"Perhaps one day we can do a special cut and discuss such important topics as how did that street party come together so swiftly?"

The final segment of Channel 5 also featured commercial songs from George Ezra and Harry Styles. The station then continued the celebrations with two follow-up programs.

Neighbours' final episode was a smash hit on both sides of the world, with Australia's broadcasting surpassing the 1 million mark for the first time in 13 years.

The UK broadcast also received an impressive reception, with 2.5 million viewers tuning in. These figures are expected to grow once recordings and catch-up are taken into account.

Neighbours has come to an end, but catch-up episodes are available through My 5 (UK) and 10 Play (Australia).

On our dedicated homepage, you can find more Neighbours coverage.