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Neighbours most memorable storylines as long-running soap faces the axe after 37 years 

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Neighbours most memorable storylines as long-running soap faces the axe after 37 years 

Neighbours fans were left devastated this week following the long-running soap is set to be axed after 37 years on-air.

The show’s future hangs in the balance after UK broadcaster Channel 5, who has bankrolled production for years, confirmed its decision not to renew their contract to air the Aussie soap with producers Fremantle Australia. 

From Scott and Charlene’s wedding to the death of beloved Helen Daniels and Harold Bishop returning from the dead, millions have followed the high drama in Ramsay Street since the show’s inception in 1985.

Daily Mail Australia takes a trip down memory lane and looks back at the most unforgettable and gripping storylines of everybody’s ‘good neighbours’.

Nostalgia: Daily Mail Australia takes a trip down memory lane and looks back at the most unforgettable and gripping storylines of Neighbours as the long-running soap faces the axe after 37 years on-air

Nostalgia: Daily Mail Australia takes a trip down memory lane and looks back at the most unforgettable and gripping storylines of Neighbours as the long-running soap faces the axe after 37 years on-air

Nostalgia: Daily Mail Australia takes a trip down memory lane and looks back at the most unforgettable and gripping storylines of Neighbours as the long-running soap faces the axe after 37 years on-air 

Scott and Charlene’s wedding

TV ratings gold: Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988

TV ratings gold: Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988

ratings gold: Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988

Love story-turned-success story: Kylie (right) went on to enjoy huge success as a singer after starring on the show for years alongside Jason (left)

Love story-turned-success story: Kylie (right) went on to enjoy huge success as a singer after starring on the show for years alongside Jason (left)

Love story-turned-success story: Kylie (right) went on to enjoy huge success as a singer after starring on the show for years alongside Jason (left) 

Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988.

The pair’s friends and family were seen in floods of tears as Charlene walked down the aisle to Angry Anderson power ballad Suddenly, with neighbour Nell Mangel catching the bouquet.

Mark leaves Annalise at the alter 

Meanwhile, Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s nuptials didn’t go to plan in 1994.

While both parties were nervous on the day, Mark left Annalise at the alter, saying he couldn’t marry her.

However, it wasn’t totally down to Annalise as he decided marriage wasn’t for him and went on to become a priest.

The death of Helen Daniels 

Devastating: Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep

Devastating: Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep

Devastating: Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep

Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, established herself as the grandmother of Ramsay Street.

Embroiled in some gripping storylines, over the years she saw her life stolen by a conman, she had an affair with her daughter’s fiancé and fell down some stairs before suffering a stroke.

In a bid to bring the warring Ramsay and Robinson families together, she gathered them around to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding together but, as they bickered over their differences, she quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle 

Love triangle: Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter's (Tom Oliver) were involved in a complicated love triangle

Love triangle: Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter's (Tom Oliver) were involved in a complicated love triangle

Love triangle: Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) were involved in a complicated love triangle 

Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) lives were entangled before the show even hit screens, with the trio knowing one another from their school days.

Madge fell head over heels for ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold but was also strongly attracted to cheeky Lou.

However, Madge’s life took an unexpected turn for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, with their relationship soon becoming troubled.

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Madge and Harold later got back together and he proposed much to the distaste of Lou who attempted to win Madge over. Madge eventually married Harold in 1988.

After Harold’s death, Lou set his sights on Madge once more and the pair planned to marry, but they called it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold returns from the dead 

I'm back! Harold returned from the dead after being killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea while Madge's back was turned

I'm back! Harold returned from the dead after being killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea while Madge's back was turned

I’m back! Harold returned from the dead after being killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea while Madge’s back was turned

Haunting: He left nothing behind other than his glasses

Haunting: He left nothing behind other than his glasses

Haunting: He left nothing behind other than his glasses

Harold was killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea while Madge’s back was turned, leaving nothing behind other than his glasses.

However, he made a shock return to Erinsborough five years later, declaring he’d suffered from amnesia, with Helen Daniels running into him by chance while browsing in a Salvation Army shop.

He returned to Ramsay Street to be reunited with Madge.

Madge’s death 

Tragic: Madge, played by Anne Charleston, tragically died in Harold's arms after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before developing septicaemia after cutting her finger

Tragic: Madge, played by Anne Charleston, tragically died in Harold's arms after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before developing septicaemia after cutting her finger

Tragic: Madge, played by Anne Charleston, tragically died in Harold’s arms after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before developing septicaemia after cutting her finger

Tear-jerking: Harold was comforted by fellow Ramsay St residents at her funeral

Tear-jerking: Harold was comforted by fellow Ramsay St residents at her funeral

Tear-jerking: Harold was comforted by fellow Ramsay St residents at her funeral 

Madge appeared on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After Harold’s return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a child but she was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors told her she had just months to live but further tragedy struck when her life was shortened even further after she developed septicaemia after cutting her finger.

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Before her death, Lou confessed his undying love for her and she died in the arms of Harold.

Susan’s memory loss 

Memory loss: In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy, played by Jackie Woodburne totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002

Memory loss: In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy, played by Jackie Woodburne totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002

Memory loss: In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy, played by Jackie Woodburne totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002

In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002.

She was convinced she was 16 years old again, a situation that left her incredibly confused when she found herself by chance at a 70s-themed birthday party.

Toady’s heartache 

Heartbroken: Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, was left heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found. He was filmed returning to the altar in shock

Heartbroken: Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, was left heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found. He was filmed returning to the altar in shock

Heartbroken: Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, was left heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found. He was filmed returning to the altar in shock 

Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, was left heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found.

In 2010 he left Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) at the alter when he realised she didn’t love him and during his third wedding to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, a gas bottle exploded during the reception, destroying their marquee and leaving Sonya with a fractured skull and no memory of the wedding. 

Characters Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson were also killed in the blast.

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