Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Home and Away is introducing a new policeman to Summer Bay, just in time for the soap's latest murder mystery.
This week's episodes see Nicholas Cartwright make his first appearance as Cash Newman, the town's latest police constable who'll soon be getting to know all of the locals' dark secrets.
Cash's first scenes see him trying to deal with Justin Morgan's erratic behaviour, after the local mechanic attacks Stephen Tennyson and gets arrested.
The drama only intensifies when a body is later found out in the water and Cash has to seek answers from some of the Bay's longest-standing residents.
Here, Nicholas offers a sneak peek of what's to come.
How have your first few months of filming Home and Away been?
"My first few months of filming have been amazing. It's a real whirlwind. We organised the contract on a Friday and by Monday you're standing there with James Stewart (Justin) shooting scenes.
"The cast and crew all know what it's like and they all take extra time to help you out. It's this tight knit, high workload environment which separates us from other shows and we all look out for each other, which I think is such a wonderful way to work."
When Cash arrives, a body is found out in the water. Is this a disastrous first impression for him?
"Cash knew all about Summer Bay when he transferred there and whilst no-one wants to have to deal with a murder, if you look at the history of this little town, is it really that much of a surprise?"
What can you tell us about Cash's backstory?
"Cash is a working class man with a sensitive soul. He's in the family trade as it were, following his foster father's footsteps with a career in the police, but there is more to him than just police work.
"He has a strong moral compass and a loyalty to community, which he puts before just blindly following the letter of the law.
"Before his transfer to Summer Bay, Cash worked as a cop out in regional Australia. Cash has many layers to him and he is definitely not what you may assume from a 'country cop'."
We discover that the body is Susie – which means Leah, Justin, John, Irene and Marilyn are all suspects. Does Cash have a gut feeling over who the killer is?
"Cash doesn't trust his gut on this one straight away. He wants to follow procedure and investigate all leads. Although you'd never be wrong placing a cheeky side bet on Irene Roberts when you look at some of her backstory!"
What have your highlights been so far?
"I think playing the cop on a show like this is simply the best. So many of the storylines cross over into illegal territory, so I get to work on scenes with all the cast.
"Pulling on the iconic police outfit, with the belt and boots, it makes you feel a certain way, and the actors you're interacting with will treat you differently depending if you're wearing it or not.
"Also, when Home and Away goes hard, it goes hard. Loads of fun climax moments involve the police and it's an absolute blast to get to tackle a suspect or solve a murder. Although the crew would love it if I would stop crashing the cop car on set. I'm already nicknamed 'Crash Newman'."
Many of Summer Bay's cops have met a grisly ending. Do you hope that Cash is here to stay in the Bay for the long run?
"The cops on Home and Away have a reputation for meeting grisly ends. I certainly hope Cash has a nice life in the Bay and does his job diligently, but I'm sure the writers' room feel differently. We will have to wait and see!
"I'm looking forward to finding out who his close friends will become. Maybe he'll even find love?"
How do you plan to celebrate your first episode airing?
"I can't wait for my first episode to air. I haven't decided what to do yet but I hope it involves a bag of chips on the couch and some good humour."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK), with first-look screenings at 6.30pm on 5STAR. Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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