Neighbours star 'glimmer of hope' in 'beautiful' final scenes

Ned Willis (Ben Hall) makes a major decision in Neighbours next week, resolving to leave Erinsborough and start afresh elsewhere.

The fan-favourite is adamant that it’s time he bid Ramsay Street farewell, after the truth about his affair with Harlow Robinson (Jemma Donovan) was exposed in spectacular fashion.

Caught between Harlow and Amy Greenwood (Jacinta Stapleton), Ned doesn’t know what to do for the best, and thus he reaches out to Roxy (Zima Anderson) in upcoming scenes for counsel. 

The conversation proves incredibly helpful for Ned, who comes to realise that the situation is simply too messy to make it work with either of his love interests, and therefore he decides to make a clean break. 

‘Most of the street are really disappointed in him,’ actor Ben Hall told, discussing Ned’s reasons for departing.

‘Paul is furious, as always! He’s let Terese down and Toadie is mortified by his behaviour, so he’s a bit friendless at this stage!’

Ned sets his farewell in motion on Tuesday (May 10), as he says goodbye to just about everyone who has made an impact on him since he arrived in Ramsay Street back in 2016.

‘Ned has left a few times over the years, like when I came in as a guest initially, I was always coming in for short stints and getting in a cab and driving away,’ Ben said, teasing his final scenes. ‘In true Neighbours fashion, this is his final moment [too].

‘It’s a beautiful scene. All of Ned’s closest friends and his faux family are there to say goodbye.’

‘There is a little glimmer of hope as he goes! There is a nice little moment in there that I think fans will appreciate.’

We’re stocking up on tissues as we speak!

Neighbours, as viewers know, is set to end in August 1, after 37 years on the air. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are set to reprise their roles as Charlene and Scott Robinson for the final episode, while Harold Bishop star Ian Smith will also make a return.

But just who does Ben hope to see back in Ramsay Street one final time ahead of the show’s conclusion?

I’d have to say Natalie Imbruglia!,’ exclaimed the star. ‘Might even pull me back in! [laughs]. Scott McGregor, coming back for a little bit [would be good], I always loved working with him. I’d love to see him back. Who knows? 

‘It’s going to be really, joyous and happy ending, which is a great way to send Neighbours off. There was potential that the show could’ve kept going for a bit longer and then funding [would’ve] run out and axing the cast and crew until it became a bit of a skeleton.

‘At the moment while they’ve got budget and heaps of cast returning and big names, and big storylines, I think it’s all going to tie up really nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing it!’

One to watch: Tuesday May 10 at 1:15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

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