What awaits Shortland Street viewers in 2017?

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Shortland Street is back for its 25th year! It's going to be massive.

Is Glen really dead? For that matter, is Hayden really dead? And if he is, will TK go to jail?

Will Leanne recover from Finn's misguided punch? Where will Nicole and Ruby end up the morning after the Christmas party?

And how much more ruckus will Chris Warner's wayward triplet son Frank be causing in 2017?

Will TK soon be swapping his surgical blues for prison orange? (What colour clothes do inmates in New Zealand wear anyway?)
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Will TK soon be swapping his surgical blues for prison orange? (What colour clothes do inmates in New Zealand wear anyway?)

If these questions and more have haunted your every waking hour - and perhaps some of your non-waking ones - since the Shortland Street Christmas cliffhanger finale 28 insufferably long days ago then you'll no doubt be looking forward to a release from your currently tortured existence come 7pm tonight, when our nation's most beloved soap finally returns after its annual summer break.

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Just before Shorty's credits rolled for the final time in 2016, Finn had dropped Leanne with a punch meant for Frank, TK appeared to drown Hayden, and Glen was engulfed in a fiery car explosion.

Hayden: Probably dead. Because everyone knows that's what happens when you tangle with the TK. Right? Right...
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Hayden: Probably dead. Because everyone knows that's what happens when you tangle with the TK. Right? Right...

It was heady stuff alright - and that's without even mentioning the smoking sexual tension between Nicole and Ruby.

Come tonight most of the questions above should be resolved - although, for the record, I would answer them as follows: Yes, yes, no, yes, together, lots.

But don't take my word for it - as well as actually tuning in to Shortland Street tonight, you can also ensure you don't miss a thing by catching Stuff's thrilling episode recap, due to be released into the wilds of the worldwide web while you're still gasping in wonder at the many revelations you have just witnessed.

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TK's point of no return.

And for those after a hint or two before the show actually starts, according to the official TVNZ-released billings for tonight's episode, Nicole fears for her marriage, while Lucy is mired in tragedy.

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Aren't we all Lucy - aren't we all...

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Lucy's point of no return.

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Nicole's point of no return.

 - Stuff

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