I'm afraid there could be a number of reasons why Shortland Street is nearing the end of its contract on Border, but I cannot give you a specific reason.
However, I can tell you that the last episode will be number 1877.
I sent an e-mail to SPP publicist asking for info on the show and they have sent me some info plus some SS star cards for the following characters - Rachel Mckenna, Nick Harrison, Waverly Wilson, Matt, Mcallister Donna Heka, Adam Heywood, Barb Heywood, Marshall Heywood, Toni Thompson, Victor Kahu, Tehana Hudson, Tama Hudson, Delphine Greenlaw and Anne Greenlaw.
If any SS fans want to get info the address can be found on the Shortland St UK website or official SS website.
Did you know that Shortland Street was only ever intended as a working title for the show - originally the show was to be called Heartbeat but that was already taken by the UK show. So they decided on Shortland St which is the name of the street where the studios are.
Just thought id mention that cos I read it a while ago in a magazine
I received an e-mail from Border this morning re Shortland Street.
Thanks for your message regarding Shortland Street. Unfortunately this programme is indeed nearing the end of it's contract,the final episode of which will be shown on Wednesday 26th March '03.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to contact us, if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looks like its just the Carlton regions who will be showing SS from now on. The final episode on Border will be litterely weeks before the would have reached the 1999 finale.
Carlton are also planning to drop Shortland Street, probably towards the end of the summer, as it is performing so badly in the ratings.
Its even dropped dramatically in Central, where it previously did relatively well.
Guess this is the first nail in the coffin for the show in the UK (well until UK Living or Hallmark buy it)
Well I wouldnt be suprisedif it was axed TVH - But why the hell network it on Carlton if they want rid of it - They could have just let HTV carry on with 1998/9 eps rather than make us get used to an almost complete new cast and then axe it again