Home and Away announces a hostage storyline for Martha and Kieran

Hannah Lovejoy
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From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow from Australian pace episodes, which some UK readers may prefer to avoid.

Home and Away viewers are set for a shock, as Martha Stewart is set to face more trauma when her problematic son Kieran returns.

Kieran (Rick Donald) disappeared after Alf and Roo Stewart discovered that he was drinking again. Martha (Belinda Giblin) has been struggling with her mental health since then and has been concerned.

Martha takes time out to reflect on her struggles and tells Alf (Ray Meagher) and Roo (Georgie Parker) that when she recently thought she saw Kieran, that it was actually just a figment of her imagination. Roo is reluctant to take her mother out of hospital, but Alf decides to bring Martha home.

Things are set to get worse for Martha when she gets home as her son returns – and fuelled by alcohol, Kieran will kidnap his mother.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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"Roo has been worried about Martha since Kieran's arrival," Georgie told TV Week.

"Apart from the shock of finding out she has a brother, Roo feels like Martha has deceived her and Alf. She is not only concerned for Alf but also the health of the family."

Martha decides to go to a caravan and get Kieran's things out of it. While in there, she's shocked to see Kieran, but she's concerned it's another hallucination.

A worried Alf and Roo go to the caravan to check for themselves, but the caravan is empty. Both are unaware that sneaky Kieran is hiding nearby.

That same night, Kieran manages to get his hands on some alcohol and then manages to kidnap his mother. He wants money from Martha so that he can get more booze.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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Rick said: "It's such an unlikeable thing when a man is aggressive towards a female, but it feels even worse when it's towards his own mother.

"I definitely think I won't have many supporters on the show. I think a lot of people don't like the way he [Kieran] treats people."

When Alf and Roo realise that Martha is missing, they call the police. But will they get to her in time?

This storyline will air in Australia this week, and follows on UK screens in April.

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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