Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan will return to Australian soap opera “Neighbours” for its finale after an absence of more than 30 years, the creators of the soon-to-be-canceled show said.
The Australian stars launched their careers on the long-running show, which it announced in March that it will stop production next month after nearly 37 years on small screens.
The show struggled to find a new home in Britain – where it has enjoyed a cult following for decades – after current broadcaster Channel 5 said it would not continue to air it.
Before global stardom beckoned, Minogue and Donovan gained popularity as a couple on the soap opera in the late 1980s and were secretly a real-life item at one time, though their romance didn’t last.
“We are thrilled that Jason and Kylie have returned home to play a very special role in our series finale,” soap opera executive producer Jason Herbison said on Twitter.
“Scott and Charlene are the best couple on ‘Neighbors’ and it wouldn’t be right to end the show without them,” he added, referring to the names of his on-screen characters.
“It was an emotional experience for them, for us and I’m sure it will be for our viewers.”
Melbourne-based “Neighbours,” which also launched the careers of Margot Robbie and Russell Crowe, announced nearly two months ago that it would end production.
A generation of Brits grew up watching characters like Minogue’s Charlene Robinson and her on-screen boyfriend Scott Robinson, played by Donovan, as well as a cast that over the years has included Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbruglia and Liam Hemsworth.
The duo had previously sparked speculation about a possible comeback after posting images on Instagram of what appeared to be a “Neighbors” script.
Minogue – known internationally simply as Kylie – first gained fame in her time on the soap opera from 1986 to 1988, before moving on to a pop career.
The star teamed up with Donovan for the 1988 duet “Especially For You”, which sold over a million copies in Britain alone and topped the charts in Europe and Australasia.
Donovan’s career has since seen him star in musicals and speak candidly about his struggles with drug addiction.
The duo reunited on stage in 2012 – for the first time in more than two decades – when they sang the 1988 smash hit at a concert in London.