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Home and Away to air throughout summer on Channel 5

By , Soaps Editor
Home and Away will stay on air throughout the summer following its three-week break next month, Digital Spy can confirm.

The long-running soap traditionally goes off air on Channel 5 for the whole month of August to maintain a gap between the UK and Australian broadcasts.

Brax is a free man again

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Home and Away's Brax


Yesterday, Channel 5 confirmed plans for a three-week break in May and a spokesperson has now shared the good news that this will be instead of the usual five-week summer break.

As reported yesterday, Home and Away will air on Channel 5 up until Friday, May 2 before going off air for three weeks. The show returns to UK screens on Monday, May 26 with the long-awaited episodes which see the Braxton brothers visit London.

Steve Peacocke, Lincoln Younes and Dan Ewing

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Home and Away's Braxton brothers


Greg Barnett, Channel 5's Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Daytime and Soaps, told Digital Spy: "We felt the episodes in which the River Boys come to London would make the perfect Home and Away returns opportunity, and whilst the boys are chasing the loves of their lives around Britain's capital, there's drama back in the Bay for viewers to get their teeth into.

"Hapless hunk Chris puts poisonous mushrooms in the Diner's special risotto. One by one, people start dropping like flies but nobody can work out why. With those affected unaware it's something they've eaten, the lives of two key characters hang in the balance.

"Additionally life isn't proving kind for Maddy or Zac, one of whom presses the self-destruct button…"

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5, with first look screenings at 6.30pm on 5*.
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Hollyoaks: Fraser's enemies continue to line up - spoiler pictures

By , Soaps Editor
The walls continue to close in on Hollyoaks villain Fraser Black in tonight's E4 episode (April 15).

With Fraser (Jesse Birdsall) due to be killed off next week, a number of villagers are currently losing patience over his destructive behaviour.

In tonight's visit to Chester, Fraser's daughter Grace presents Joe Roscoe with a limo that he can rig to kill his nemesis.

Grace has arranged for Fraser and Sandy to travel to an emergency services ball in the car the following day. However, Joe is completely unaware that while he is planning to kill Grace's dad, her plan will target his mum too...

Grace, Joe and Trevor plot against Fraser

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Grace, Joe and Trevor plot against Fraser

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EastEnders: Aunt Babe warns Stan Carter - spoiler picture

By , Soaps Reporter
Fresh tension becomes apparent in the Carter clan on EastEnders next week when Aunt Babe warns Stan not to ruin things for the family.

Viewers know that Stan (Timothy West) is currently helping to hide Dean Wicks, but his mother Shirley and the rest of the family are in the dark over his reappearance.

Aunt Babe tells Stan she's watching him...

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Aunt Babe tells Stan she's watching him...


As Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) arrives to help with the pool competition with the Vic, she soon learns about Stan's arrest and becomes concerned.

When the pair are alone, Aunt Babe firmly warns Stan not to ruin the life his family have created on the Square.

Stan has already attempted to create several problems since arriving at the Vic, but will he listen to Aunt Babe's warning?

EastEnders airs these scenes on Monday, April 21 at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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Emmerdale's Bill Ward: 'James, Adam twist will cause big drama'

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Bill Ward

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Bill Ward


Emmerdale's James Barton is a man on a mission next week as he desperately tries to find out the truth about Adam's paternity.

When James begins to suspect that Adam (Adam Thomas) could be his son rather than his nephew, he demands answers from Moira (Natalie J Robb) but grows increasingly frustrated when she repeatedly shuts him down.

Here, Bill Ward - who plays James - offers his take on the twist that could rock the Barton family.
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Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley reveals Cain, Belle court plea drama

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Jeff Hordley as Cain Dingle in Emmerdale

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Jeff Hordley as Cain Dingle


Emmerdale's Cain Dingle takes drastic action on the day of Belle's big court hearing next week.

With Belle still adamant that she is going to plead guilty over Gemma's death, Cain makes one last-ditch attempt to convince her to change her mind.

Here, Jeff Hordley - who plays Cain - reveals his character's plan to save Belle from a stretch behind bars.
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Coronation Street's Alan Halsall: 'Maria, Tyrone plot will end badly'

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Alan Halsall as Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street

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Alan Halsall


Coronation Street's Tyrone Dobbs is terrorised by an unlikely source over the next few weeks, as his ex-girlfriend Maria Connor sends him a number of text messages pretending to be Kirsty Soames.

Shocked that twisted Kirsty could be targeting him again, Tyrone unknowingly gives Maria the reaction she was hoping for when he seeks her support over the worrying situation.

Here, Alan Halsall - who plays Tyrone - reveals how his character copes with the troubling times ahead.
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EastEnders: Ian Beale is told Lucy is dead - spoiler pictures

By , Soaps Reporter
This is the moment that Ian Beale's world is changed forever as he is told that his daughter Lucy has been found dead on EastEnders next week.

Viewers will see Lucy's lifeless body left on the Walford Common at the end of this week, but Ian will remain in the dark over his daughter's demise as he desperately tries to make amends with son Peter.

After Jane (Laurie Brett) organises a family get-together at the restaurant, Ian (Adam Woodyatt) is upset when neither of the twins turn up and heads off to the Vic where he clashes with Peter, who is waiting for Lucy.

After Mick is forced to throw him out of the pub, Ian decides to go over to the Brannings to check if Lucy is with Lauren but as he makes his way back from there, he sees the police heading to his house.

Ian is then given the devastating news that Lucy's body has been found on Walford Common...

Police officers give Ian the terrible news that Lucy is dead.

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Police officers give Ian terrible news


The reality begins to hit Ian

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The reality begins to hit Ian


The reality begins to hit Ian

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Ian is left distraught by the news


As the police explain that they believe that Lucy was the victim of a random mugging that got out of hand, Ian struggles to digest what he is being told and is determined to go and see his daughter, despite the police trying to persuade him otherwise.

Arriving at the morgue, Ian faces the worst moment of his life as he is shown his daughter's body.

When he arrives home, Ian faces further turmoil as he has to share the news with the rest of his family, starting with Denise and Jane.

Overcome with her own grief, Jane helps Ian gather Cindy and Bobby to deliver the shocking news.

Leaving them at home devastated, Ian then faces another harrowing ordeal as he heads off to find Peter...

Ian goes to identify Lucy's body

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Ian goes to identify Lucy's body


 A broken Ian tells Jane and Denise that Lucy is dead

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Ian tells Jane and Denise that Lucy is dead


Ian tells a devastated Cindy and Bobby about Lucy

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Ian tells a devastated Cindy and Bobby about Lucy


Cindy and Bobby break down as Ian tells them Lucy is dead

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Cindy and Bobby break down


Jane comforts a devastated Bobby and Cindy

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Jane comforts a devastated Bobby and Cindy


EastEnders airs these scenes on Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22 on BBC One.
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EastEnders: Police ask questions over Lucy's death - spoiler pictures

By , Soaps Reporter
An investigation is started into the events surrounding Lucy Beale's death as the police begin to interview those closest to her on EastEnders next week.

Following the discovery of her body on Walford Common, the police inform Ian that they believe her death was the result of a random mugging that got out of hand.

The police question Ian and Cindy.

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The police question Ian and Cindy


As the police arrive to search Lucy's room for useful evidence and interview her family, Cindy and Ian are questioned together.

Struggling to cope with his grief, Ian is furious with Cindy (Mimi Keene) after the interview, feeling that the teenager has tainted her sister's memory.

Ian eventually snaps later on when Cindy picks up one of Lucy's jumpers and he throws her out, leaving the rest of the family stunned.

Despite reservations from Jane, TJ and Terry, Ian remains adamant that Cindy must leave Walford and arranges for her aunt Gina to come and pick her up.

A shocked Jane opens the door to Gina.

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A shocked Jane opens the door to Gina.


Meanwhile, Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) is also interviewed over his whereabouts the night Lucy died following their fling during her final days alive.

However, Nancy is left feeling uneasy after Lee states that he was at Ronnie and Roxy's housewarming party all night...

Nancy looks uneasily at Lee after she hears him answering the police questions.

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Nancy looks uneasily at Lee


EastEnders airs these scenes on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 on BBC One.
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EastEnders: Peter struggles after Lucy's death - spoiler pictures

By , Soaps Reporter
EastEnders' Peter Beale struggles to cope following the death of his twin sister Lucy next week, and seeks comfort in Lauren Branning.

The Beale family are left grief-stricken after learning of Lucy's mysterious demise, and Peter struggles to hold it together as a police investigation is started.

Peter is heartbroken about Lucy.

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Peter is heartbroken about Lucy

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