Neighbours' Colette Mann responds to decision to cut weekly episodes

Jess Lee

From Digital Spy

Neighbours star Colette Mann has backed Channel 5's decision to cut the number of weekly episodes in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Channel 5 confirmed earlier this week that starting March 30, Neighbours – as well as fellow Australian soap Home and Awaywill only air on Mondays and Fridays to ensure that it will remain on television for longer.

Colette, who plays Sheila Manning on Neighbours, shared her thoughts on Twitter and said that she agreed with the move.

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"Thank heavens it has been decided," she said in response to one fan.

"It means longevity for the show... rather than complete disappearance off our screens," she tweeted to another viewer.

And replying to a fan who called the scheduling change "absolutely the correct decision", Colette said: "I agree thanks... I can see that you understand."

Photo credit: Channel 5

Neighbours is still filming, although Colette recently said in an interview that there are "strict protocols" in place to keep the cast and crew safe.

"There are rules on how many people are on the set at any one time. There are sanitisation stations, you can't touch anybody, they're shooting everything in wide shot and everything, but we're adapting," she shared.

Neighbours currently airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing.

For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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