The popular longrunning show which celebrates its 35th anniversary on 17th January 2023 is usually aired on weeknights on Channel 5 in the UK and on My5 but in recent days the latest episode of the show is unexpectedly absent from screens. Instead of airing new episodes filmedopens in new tab in Palm Beach Sydney New South Wales and Redfern its been replaced with Home and Away Classic episodes as we look at why and all you need to know about the shows future.
Why is Home and Away not on?
New episodes of Home and Away are not on Channel 5 because the soap is taking its annual Christmas break to make way for the channels Christmas films ahead of celebrating its 35th anniversary. To mark the milestone the channel has decided to air Home and Away Classics Celebrating 35 Years of the Legendary Soap will begin from Monday 21st November. The show explained on its instagram An iconic episode from each of the years Home and Away has been on air will drop every weekday starting right back at the beginning with the 1988 pilot!
Is Home and Away on a break 2022?
Yes Home and Away is taking its annual Christmas break when it wont be airing new episodes starting from 21st November so that its broadcaster Channel 5 can air Christmas films in the run up to the festive season. Home and Away traditionally takes a break in the UK and Australia as its usually only commissioned for a certain number of episodes per year usually around 230. This equates to 46 weeks worth of Summer Bay drama if the show airs in a fiveepisodesperweek scheduling pattern. And with 52 weeks in a year the show is taken off air for six weeks.
Has Home and Away stopped for a break?
Yes Home and Away has stopped for a break on Channel 5 but the broadcasters of My5 are celebrating 35 years of the soap and are airing classic old episodes not on the streaming service. Episodes fans can watch includes one featuring Tom and Pippa Fletcher who fostered five children when they were unable to have children of their own. The government wanted to take the children. So they sold up and bought a rundown caravan park in Summer Bay.
Why is Home and Away finishing?
Home and Away is only finishing for a few weeks despite fears from fans that the show could be axed like Neighbours was earlier this year before its sensational return was announced. At the time of Neighbours last episode Ben Frow Channel 5s head of programming said No. But I think it will be interesting to see what we do with it as we evolve. There might be somewhere else to put it in the 5 spectrum.
But its a lifeofseries deal so its not going anywhere until the makers decide to cancel it. And for the planned break Channel 5 bosses appear to have worked closely with the Home and Away team in Australia as the final UK episode of the year ends on a dramatic cliffhanger. This was also the case last year when the final Channel 5 episode of the year featured the gas poisoning incident at Salt.