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.
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.
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*.