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Madge Bishop is to return to the finale episode of Neighbours when it airs in the UK on Friday - as a ghost 21 years after her death.

The character, played by Anne Charleston, 79, was married to Harold and was the mother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene.

She died of pancreatic cancer in 2001 but will reappear for one last time after funding for the soap was dropped by Channel 5, meaning filming in Australia can no longer go ahead.

Unexpected comeback: Madge Bishop is to return to the finale episode of Neighbours when it airs in the UK on Friday - as a ghost 21 years after her death (actress Anne Charleston pictured in 2006) © Provided by Daily Mail Unexpected comeback: Madge Bishop is to return to the finale episode of Neighbours when it airs in the UK on Friday - as a ghost 21 years after her death (actress Anne Charleston pictured in 2006)

A source told The Sun: 'There was no-way that someone as iconic and legendary as Madge wasn’t going to be seen in the soap’s final ever episode.

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'It was just about how they could have her back when her death was such a huge part of the show’s history. It’s very clever.

'The fans are going to get goosebumps — it’s magical.'

Playing the part: The character was married to Harold and was the mother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene © Provided by Daily Mail Playing the part: The character was married to Harold and was the mother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene

Madge appeared on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After husband Harold's return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a child but she was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors told her she had just months to live but further tragedy struck when her life was shortened even further after she developed septicaemia after cutting her finger.

Before her death, Lou confessed his undying love for her and she died in the arms of Harold.

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It comes after the plot for the finale episode of the cancelled Australian soap opera was leaked.

In the 90 minute special, the cast will gather for the wedding of Toadie Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, and Melanie Pearson, played by Lucinda Cowden.

The event will bring together cast members from the past and present, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Info: The plot for the finale episode of cancelled Australian soap opera Neighbours has been leaked. In the 90 minute special, the cast will gather for the wedding of Toadie Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney (right), and Melanie Pearson, played by Lucinda Cowden (left) © Provided by Daily Mail Info: The plot for the finale episode of cancelled Australian soap opera Neighbours has been leaked. In the 90 minute special, the cast will gather for the wedding of Toadie Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney (right), and Melanie Pearson, played by Lucinda Cowden (left)

A major storyline will revolve around returning favourites Guy Pearce and Annie Jones.

Their characters, Mike Young and Jane Harris, are former lovebirds, and old romantic feelings will be stirred at the wedding between the one-time couple.

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Elsewhere in the plot, Dr Karl Kennedy, played by Alan Fletcher, will face a drama with his former on-screen lover Izzy Hoyland, played by Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Paul Robinson, played by Stefan Dennis, faces selling his hotel to Shane Ramsay, played by Peter O'Brien.

A leaked script earlier revealed the fate of Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue.

The couple will return to Erinsborough at the end of the episode and deliver the closing lines, according to Popbitch.

Show favourites: While attending the wedding, old romantic feelings will be stirred between the one-time couple © Provided by Daily Mail Show favourites: While attending the wedding, old romantic feelings will be stirred between the one-time couple Legends: Elsewhere in the plot, Dr Karl Kennedy, played by Alan Fletcher will face a drama with his former on-screen lover Izzy Hoyland, played by Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Both pictured © Provided by Daily Mail Legends: Elsewhere in the plot, Dr Karl Kennedy, played by Alan Fletcher will face a drama with his former on-screen lover Izzy Hoyland, played by Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Both pictured

The Daily Telegraph reports that Charlene will be seen diving her iconic green Mini into Ramsay Street during the episode.

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The couple's televised wedding was watched by 22 million people in Australia and the UK back in 1987.

Kylie and Jason recently snuck into Australia to shoot their final scenes for the soap, sharing some behind the scenes images from the set to Instagram.

All stars: A leaked script earlier revealed the fate of Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue. Pictured together in behind the scenes images from the set © Provided by Daily Mail All stars: A leaked script earlier revealed the fate of Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue. Pictured together in behind the scenes images from the set Famous plot: Charlene will be seen diving her iconic green Mini into Ramsay Street during the episode. The pair will then deliver the show's closing lines, according to Popbitch © Provided by Daily Mail Famous plot: Charlene will be seen diving her iconic green Mini into Ramsay Street during the episode. The pair will then deliver the show's closing lines, according to Popbitch

Returning cast members include Melissa Bell, Olympia Valance, Melissa Bell, Ian Smith, Paul Keane, Bonnie Anderson, Daniel MacPherson and Jodi Gordon.

Neighbours was axed after the UK's Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series.

The Neighbours finale will go to air on Channel 5 in the UK on Friday July 29.

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