Home and Away spoilers: Ryder Jackson meets his LONG-LOST dad!

Home and Away, Ryder Jackson, Evan Slater

Ryder Jackson is in for a BIG surprise when he comes face-to-face with a mystery stranger who turns out to be his long-lost dad on Home and Away!

Until now, we have never known much about Ryder Jackson's (played by Lukas Radovich) dad on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide for full listings).

He was raised by his single mum, Quinn who allowed Ryder to move to Summer Bay to live with his granddad, Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) and aunt Roo (Georgie Parker).

However, that could all be about to change when a mystery stranger, Evan Slater (played by Cameron Daddo) arrives at Summer Bay House and introduces himself...

Home and Away, Maggie Astoni, Roo Stewart

Maggie confides in friend Roo after giving husband Ben an ultimatum about their marriage on Home and Away

Meanwhile, Maggie Astoni (Kestie Morassi) wonders if her ultimatum may have just made things worse between her and husband, Ben (Rohan Nichol).

As Ben is discharged from hospital and returns home to the family farmhouse, he still doesn't seem ready to forgive her for the one-night stand she had with his brother Marco, 22 years earlier!

Could a separation be on the cards for Maggie and Ben?

Home and Away, Dean Thompson, Ziggy Astoni, Colby Thorne

Colby and Dean have had a bust-up after Colby's drunken antics on Home and Away. Can they fix their friendship?

Elsewhere, Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) has fallen out with his best buddy, Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor) after Colby's drunken antics the night before.

Colby regrets his drunken kiss with Jasmine Delaney (Sam Frost). But he's also crushed that Dean is glad Colby is no longer dating his sister, Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir).

Can the two buddies get their friendship back on track?

Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.