Note: This article contains spoilers about Home and Away episodes which have yet to air in the UK, which some readers may prefer to avoid.
Home and Away star Tim Franklin has spoken about the fallout from 2018's season finale cliffhanger for the first time.
The actor's character Colby Thorne is in for a nasty shock as he discovers that his partner Chelsea Campbell, younger sister Bella and friend Willow Harris have all been kidnapped in a big new storyline.
The worrying plot twist aired in Australia last month in the final episode of the year. As Home and Away hasn't yet returned for its 2019 season in its home country, the fates of Chelsea, Bella and Willow have yet to be resolved.
As Channel 5 viewers will see in March, the kidnap takes place on the day of Colby and Chelsea's wedding ceremony, a few hours after the happy couple have tied the knot. The culprit is Colby's abusive stepfather Ross Nixon.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about what happens next, Tim explained: "Colby gets a call from Ross, the man who destroyed his life. Up until that point, he's been on cloud nine, as everything has been coming together for him after a rough six months.
"But then Ross, who's the devil to him, calls Colby and he snaps. He's going to do something rash, as he's caught between a rock and a hard place. Colby has got to make a decision over what really matters – revenge or something else.
"I can't say too much on this one. This is the one that I'm really looking forward to people seeing. There's cars, there's stunts, there's everything.
"It was a lot of fun to shoot and hopefully it'll be a lot of fun to watch too."
UK fans will see the introduction of Bella soon, as Colby manages to track her down after years of searching.
Tim laughed: "Bella is a little ratbag when she first arrives! She's a pain in the behind! She's been brainwashed and told all these things by Ross. Bella hasn't been allowed to go to school and she's been told a lot of lies about Colby. She's been indoctrinated by her dad, who's this sociopath and controlling murderer.
"So Bella has definitely been affected by that and her conditioning has made her very guarded. She's mature in some ways, yet immature in other social situations that require her to engage.
"It's really hard, and Colby has no experience looking after a kid. I love playing it, because he's like a really crappy single dad!
"Courtney Miller, who plays Bella, is very talented. She's 22 playing a 16-year-old. On the first day, I knew that she'd be someone I'd have a lot of fun bouncing off for however long we'd be together. She's a lot of fun."
Home and Away airs on weeknights at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.
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