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NEIGH­BOURS would have to be Aus­tralian cham­pion for sur­viv­ing mul­ti­ple cast ex­its. It has seen off key stars in­clud­ing Kylie Minogue, Ja­son Dono­van, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Im­bruglia, Alan Dale and Ian Smith over its 27 sea­sons. The lat­est to leave is Scott McGre­gor (pic­tured right). The model-turned-ac­tor had won a wide fol­low­ing over the past year as De­tec­tive Mark Bren­nan.

Tonight’s 24-style episode is McGre­gor’s last. It sees Bren­nan fac­ing the prospect of hav­ing to join a wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gram.

‘‘ I’d seen four of five char­ac­ters leave Neigh­bours in my time,’’ McGre­gor says.

De­spite the changes, Neigh­bours is pros­per­ing. It is the No.1 show across the new free-to-air dig­i­tal chan­nels, av­er­ag­ing more than 400,000 view­ers.

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