Next week on Neighbours in the UK, we’re about to say goodbye to another favourite, as Ned leaves Erinsborough for a fresh start in Sydney.
These scenes will premiere in the United Kingdom on Monday, May 9th, and in Australia on Wednesday, June 8th.
In his two spells on Ramsay Street, Ned Willis (Ben Hall) has had his fair share of ups and downs, and the past year has been no exception.
Ned Brennan, the grown-up son of Brad Willis (Kip Gamblin) and Beth Brennan, initially appeared in Erinsborough in 2016. His grandfather Doug Willis (Terence Donovan) had invited him because he wanted to reconnect Ned and Brad, who had been estranged for years.
While the reunion was initially a success, Ned quickly developed feelings for Brad’s then-girlfriend – and now wife – Lauren (Kate Kendall), and it wasn’t long before he pursued her. His love life is still a disaster six years later, with many girlfriends, one stalker, and a phoney wedding, and he’s going to decide it’s time for a fresh start.
Yashvi (Olivia Junkeer) was one of his longest and most stable relationships, but even that wasn’t meant to be.
Last April, his crush on Sheila Canning #2 (Shareena Clanton) made him realise he and Yashvi weren’t on the same page, and the two split up just before Yashvi travelled to Sydney to live with her family.
Only a few days after that breakup, he and Amy (Jacinta Stapleton) kissed on the side of the Flamingo Bar, setting in motion a chain of events that would lead to him having polyamorous relationships with both Amy and Levi (Richie Morris).
He decided that the polyamorous lifestyle wasn’t for him, and he gave Amy an ultimatum: Levi or him. He unwillingly continued their three-way relationship after she called his bluff and offered him the option of polyamory or nothing.
Finally, the arrival of Zara (Freya Van Dyke) put an end to Amy’s polyamorous relationship, forcing her to put things on hold in order to spend time with her daughter. Because Levi had moved on with Freya (Phoebe Roberts), Ned had Amy all to himself once Amy had the leisure to focus on her relationships again.
Isn’t it exactly what he wanted? It wasn’t long until Amy suggested they try for a child together, and it appeared that Ned might finally be able to settle down with Amy.
Unfortunately for Amy, Harlow (Gemma Robinson) arrived, and she and Ned slept together in the bush at River Bend. After Ned returned to Erinsborough and the two reconnected, it appeared that Harlow was nothing more than a momentary distraction.
Amy’s rash and indecisive behaviour, on the other hand, quickly convinced Ned that he’d made the incorrect choice. He didn’t agree with Amy’s spur-of-the-moment decision to sell the Drinks Diva van in order to fund her Fashion Week entry, and he realised he couldn’t imagine having children with someone who couldn’t commit to a single business endeavour for more than a few weeks.
Sorry Ned, remind us of your career history again?
Just before Way Week, he and Harlow have another private moment, and the truth will be revealed in dramatic fashion in this week’s episodes.
Next week, with the truth out, Ned is forced to deal with the consequences. A shellshocked Amy makes it clear to him that there’s no chance of them reconciling – their relationship is over!
However, Harlow is still interested in them being together, despite granddad Paul (Stefan Dennis) making his feelings perfectly clear as he rips into Ned on Ramsay Street.
Ned seeks remote guidance from recent departee Roxy (Zima Anderson) next week (UK: Monday 9th May / Aus: Wednesday 8th June), and she quickly convinces him that things are too complicated to work with either Harlow or Amy.
It will be too much to live on the same street as both of them. Ned realises he needs a new start and resolves to leave Erinsborough.
A massive shock, on the other hand, could make things more difficult. Amy is exhausted following Fashion Week’s debacle, but she begins to suspect that it isn’t only the fashion event that is wearing her down. She starts to detect changes in her body and becomes concerned.
She’s already been hurt by Ned’s adultery and decision to leave, but now she thinks she’s pregnant! Should she try to persuade Ned to stay, or is she prepared to raise a child on her own?
After deciding to leave Erinsborough, Ned begins making his rounds to say his goodbyes, unaware that Amy is terrified that she is pregnant with his child just a few doors away.
They share a bittersweet goodbye as her pregnancy test comes back negative.
Then it’s up to Ned’s closest friends and family members.
Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) has been a mother figure to Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) throughout his many years on Ramsay Street.
Terese wishes Ned well, and lets him know he’s always welcome in her house.
Terese, Levi, Chloe (April Rose Pengilly) and Amy all gather round to give him a final farewell before he climbs into the taxi and leaves for his fresh start in Sydney.
As they wave goodbye, and with only three months of Neighbours remaining (😢), it seems Ned Willis’s time in Erinsborough has come to an end once and for all.
In the aftermath, Terese is heartbroken to see another one of her kids move away.
Saddened by her empty house, she’s once again comforted by the thought of Glen (Richard Huggett)… will she and Glen finally give into temptation?
Meanwhile, after Ned’s departure, an upset Harlow wishes to reconcile with her family, but manipulative Corey (Laurence Boxhall) pulls her away from them.
He was recently revealed to be a member of The Order, whose goal is to enlist Harlow’s help in the covert organisation. David (Takaya Honda) becomes suspicious of his behaviour, but Corey has more pressing concerns than Harlow’s uncle.
He notices Freya having a difficult time – could she be his next target?
Ben Hall had one more series of shots with the Neighbours clapperboard and the actors of his final scene, as is traditional with cast departures: