Channel 5 have announced they’ll soon be bringing the UK up to date with Australia, when it comes to watching ‘Neighbours’. The Aussie soap has alway found a huge fanbase in the UK, but viewers on Channel 5 are currently two weeks behind Australia when it comes to getting their Ramsey Street fix.

Kylie MinogueFormer ‘Neighbours’ star Kylie Minogue.

From January 4th, UK fans will be up to date with Australia thanks to a pre-Christmas binge of episodes to close the current storyline gap. Between December 7th and 18th, Channel 5 will be airing 10 episodes of the soap to get the UK and Australia in sync.

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Then from January, the show will air with its first instalment at 1.45pm and the second at 5.30pm. Channel 5 said that the new initiative would go a long way to "establishing Channel 5 as the first port of call for fans wanting to get their daily dose of the show, and also reduce online spoilers and piracy”.

"At a time when online piracy can often mean hardcore fans' enjoyment of continuing drama is spoilt, this is great news for our millions of Neighbours fans,” said Channel 5 commissioning editor Greg Barnett.

"Not only for the first time will it actually be Christmas when it actually is Christmas (instead of February), but viewers will see the new year start with a bang for Ramsay Street rotter Paul Robinson and the woman he's been taunting, Steph Scully, who are caught up in one of the series' most gripping storylines.”

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‘Neighbours’ began airing in the UK in March 1985 and is Australia's longest-running drama. The show’s popularity has helped launch many stars' careers including, Kylie Minogue , Jason Donovan, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance and Guy Pearce.