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When does Home and Away return to the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand?

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Home and Away is about to return to UK, Australian, New Zealand and Irish screens for 2024, but the show is back on different dates in each country.

Home and Away takes an annual break each November and December, after airing separate finales in each hemisphere.The UK finale saw Justin (James Stewart) and Leah (Ada Nicodemou) with their lives on the line after being taken by the Vita Nova gang, in a special finale which aired down under back in September.

Meanwhile, the lives of Eden (Stephanie Panazzo) and Remi (Adam Rowland) were in jeopardy in the Australian finale.

As the season came to an end, Remi was pushed off his motorcycle while riding to pick up Eden from a terrible camping trip with her lover Cash (Nicholas Cartwright). The two unidentified guys who caused the accident also loaded Eden and Remi into the back of a car.

Now, the show is about to return, with all four countries heading back to Summer Bay within days of each other.

When does Home and Away return to Australia?

Things are nice and simple in Australia. The first episode of the 2024 season will air on 7 and 7Plus on Monday 8th January 2024, with the episode airing on live TV at 7pm.

We pick up where we left off at the end of 2023, as Cash launches a desperate search to find Eden, while nobody realises that Remi is missing too.

For a first look at what’s in store, and to find out whether Remi and Eden survive their ordeal, check out our in-depth 2024 Home and Away Spoilers article.

When does Home and Away return to New Zealand?

New Zealand airs its episodes just days after they premiere in Australia, and the final episode of the year aired on Friday 8th December.

The 2024 Season Return will air one week after Australia, on Monday 15th January 2024 at 6:30pm on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+.

When will Home and Away be shown again in the UK?
In the United Kingdom, where the show premieres on 5STAR on Friday, December 29, things are a little more tricky.

The UK Season Finale (Episode 8130) will presumably be repeated at 6 p.m. on 5STAR. In it, Kirby (Angelina Thomson) gets ready for her first solo performance, Irene (Lynne McGranger) gets arrested for harboring new character Dana Matheson (Ally Harris), and Justin and Leah end up stuck in an abandoned warehouse.

Then, at 6:30pm on the same day (Friday 29th December), the UK Season Return (Episode 8131) airs on 5STAR as part of the ‘First Look’.

On Monday 1st January, the show returns to Channel 5 itself, but at the much earlier time of 11:25am, again with the Season Return episode (Episode 8131).

The return episode sees Leah – who has gone days without food or water – attempt to escape the warehouse and bring Justin to safety. Will they survive?

On Monday, January 1st, at 6 p.m. on 5STAR, the second episode back (episode 8132) will air in place of the Channel 5 episode that day. At 6:30 p.m., there isn’t an episode.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 2, things will resume as usual. Channel 5 will play the second return episode of Home and Away at 1:45 p.m.

Regular programming also returns to 5STAR, starting with the Tuesday night broadcast of the Channel 5 episode at 6 p.m., and the Wednesday night First Look at 6:30 p.m.

Confused? Us too. Here are the UK listings for the first week back, so you can ensure you don’t miss anything:

Episode 8130 (Repeat of the UK Season Finale from September)

Friday 29th December, 5STAR, 6:00pm

Episode 8131 (UK Season Return)

Friday 29th December, 5STAR, 6:30pm

Monday 1st January, Channel 5, 11:25am

Episode 8133 (2nd episode back)

Monday 1st January, 5STAR, 6:00pm

Tuesday 2nd January, Channel 5, 1:45pm

Tuesday 2nd January, 5STAR, 6:00pm

Episode 8134 (3rd episode back)

Wednesday 3rd January, Channel 5, 1:45pm

Wednesday 3rd January, 5STAR, 6:00pm

Episode 8135 (4th episode back)

Wednesday 3rd January, 5STAR, 6:30pm

Thursday 4th January, Channel 5, 1:45pm

Thursday 4th January, 5STAR, 6:30pm

Episode 8136 (5th episode back)

Thursday 4th January, 5STAR, 6:30pm

Friday 5th January, Channel 5, 1:45pm

Friday 5th January, 5STAR, 6:00pm

When does Home and Away return to Ireland?

The show returns to Irish screens on Tuesday 2nd January 2024, at 1:10pm on RTÉ One and 6:30pm on RTÉ 2.

As with the UK, this episode will be the special UK season return, focussing on the aftermath of Justin and Leah’s kidnap ordeal, Kirby’s solo show and Irene’s arrest (Episode 8131).

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