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Kylie and Jason to reissue Especially For You to mark Neighbours finale

By | Published on Friday 15 July 2022

Kylie and Jason

To celebrate their reunion for the final ever episode of soap opera ‘Neighbours’, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have announced plans to reissue their 1988 single ‘Especially For You’. The duet was originally released shortly after the UK broadcast of the episode of the soap in which their characters, Scott and Charlene, got married.

“Now we ARE back together on ‘Neighbours’, a limited run of ‘Especially For You’ with Jason Donovan will be available on vinyl and cassette on 5 Aug to bring back more 80s memories”, tweeted Minogue. Donovan concurred, but didn’t really add anything, if you’re wondering why I’m not quoting him as well.

It was announced earlier this year that ‘Neighbours’ was set to come to an end after 37 years, because Channel 5 – which broadcasts the show in the UK – had confirmed that it would cut its funding of the programme. Production company Fremantle Media said that the decision was made after it failed to find alternative funding.

Minogue and Donovan both joined the show in 1986, with Minogue leaving in 1988 and Donovan following in 1989. Both then went on to have successful pop careers.

Earlier this week Donovan posted pictures of himself and Minogue on set for the final episode, which raised many questions. Mainly, why was Donovan posting pictures of himself taking selfies, rather than posting the selfies themselves? Maybe answering that big question will be a central theme of the final episode of ‘Neighbours’.

That final episode, by the way, will air in the UK on Channel 5 on 29 Jul at 9pm. The penultimate episode will also be shown the same day, at 1.45pm and 6pm.

Despite all this ‘Neighbours’ inspired 1980s nostalgia, no word yet on whether the show’s longest serving actor, Stefan Dennis, who played Paul Robinson, plans to re-release his 1980s hit.