Neighbours and Home and Away will increase episodes from two to THREE a week despite soap shutdown – The Sun

AUSSIE soaps Neighbours and Home and Away are increasing episodes from two to THREE a week – which will delight fans.

Although both sets have shutdown, Channel 5 has decided to show an extra episode.

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Originally the plan was to only air episodes on Monday and Friday – but an episode will also be shown mid week on a Wednesday.

Before the virus pandemic, both soaps previously aired twice daily each weekday in the UK – and fans have been gutted at the shutdown.

A spokesperson said of the initial cutback: "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.

"The health, safety and well-being of our cast and crew and all involved on the series is our priority."

Neighbours celebrates it's 35th anniversary this year and has welcomed back some soap legends in the run up to the milestone – and of course celebrated the long-serving favourites such as Susan Kennedy.

She recently told The Sun Online that her latest storyline is the "biggest thing that has ever happened" in her 25 years on the soap.

A Channel 5 spokesperson for both Neighbours and Home and Away confirmed the good news which will come into play at the end of April.

They announced: "We have taken the decision to increase the number of episodes for Neighbours and Home and Away from two to three per week for both soaps."

They continued: "Both programmes will continue to air on Monday and Fridays, with the additional episode airing on Wednesday – effective from Wednesday 29th April."

Both soaps have stopped filming while the coronavirus crisis continues to cause havoc due to the unprecedented circumstances.

But the cast and crew are already itching to get back to work following the epic 35th anniversary episodes.

When Jackie aka Susan Kennedy spoke to The Sun Online, she said: "As luck would have it we had a scheduled production break anyway.

"We may have to find a few different ways to do things as we are all motivated that we can get back fairly soon.

"We had the build up to it prior to Covid-19. We had a lot of publicity and opportunities to remind viewers about the show.

"We are just like everyone else. We are doing our best and we are very motivated to keep working."

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