Die-hard Neighbours fans have helped nudge the show’s iconic theme song to the top of the United Kingdom charts, as a campaign to save the show gains momentum.
Gold Logie winner, Barry Crocker, released the Neighbours theme tune in 1985. Written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, the song was used on-air up until 1992, when it was replaced with a rerecorded version of Crocker’s original piece, sung by Melbourne musician Greg Hind.
Following news of the show’s cancellation in the UK, fans of the series took to social media in an attempt to get the theme song to number one in a clear display of their devotion to the long-running series.
What if we would all download the original Neighbours theme from Barry Crocker on iTunes & Spotify and try to get it in the charts to show how much we love it! Maybe that could help to raise more attention to how much we love and need @NeighboursTV in our lives. #saveneighbours pic.twitter.com/FtI1oxDtwc
— Corine (@FloatingIsland) February 8, 2022
The campaign appeared to be a success with the 80s hit topping the charts and beating out the likes of Elton John, Ed Sheerhan and Adele for the top spot.
— Duke of Preston (@DOPreston) February 9, 2022
Pushing the Neighbours theme to number one isn’t the only action that hardcore fans of the series have taken to show their love for the series, they’ve also launched a Change.org petition to save the much-loved programme. The campaign to prevent UK’s Channel 5 from axing the programme from its network has already garnered over 43,000 signatures.
Edward Skylover started the petition claiming, “Neighbours has been a staple on UK screens for over 35 years – and has been watched by generations.”
“It now faces the axe due to reports that Channel 5 are struggling to come to a deal with Fremantle Media,” he wrote.
“Neighbours is more than just a TV show – it is a source of comfort and entertainment for generations of fans who have watched it for decades – it is one of the most loved TV shows in the UK and brings lots of viewers from all backgrounds to Channel 5‘s catalogue of channels. Even Adele is a fan. Channel 5 – we plead with you – please find a way to keep Neighbours on air.”
Neighbours has had a record-breaking 36-year run, launching the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, and Margot Robbie to international stardom.
After a story of the show’s cancellation ran in UK tabloid, The Sun, Channel 5 confirmed that Brits will no longer be able to watch the small screen staple, unless it is picked up by another broadcaster.
A spokesperson from the network told The Guardian that while the show has been a “much-loved” part of the Channel 5 schedule for more than a decade, they “recognise” there will be “disappointment” over the decision but the network’s “current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama.”