Neighbours and Home and Away will be reduced to two weekly episodes amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
From next week onwards, both soaps will air on Monday and Friday only in an effort to ensure they remain on the air for as long as possible.
A spokesperson said: ‘As a result of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of episodes for Neighbours and Home and Away from five to two per week for both soaps, so that our viewers can continue to enjoy them for as long as possible. Both programmes will air on Monday and Fridays, effective from Monday 30th March.’
Production on Home and Away has been halted — and Channel Seven in Australia have temporarily removed the soap from schedules.
Neighbours — while having halted production last week — continues to film.
The Channel 5 soaps are the latest to have their weekly episodic transmissions reduced amid the Coronavirus pandemic, with EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale — all of which have been forced to shut down production — having had their weekly instalments cut in half.
Meanwhile, Hollyoaks — while initially having been reduced from five episodes to three — will now only be broadcast twice a week.
Neighbours is hot off its 35th anniversary celebrations, which saw the villainous Finn Kelly (Rob Mills) go to extreme lengths to carry out his master plan in a series of late-night instalments.
Neighbours and Home and Away will begin airing twice a week from March 30.
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