Neighbours spoilers: There's a SHOCK in store for the Kennedy family!

Neighbours, Susan Kennedy, Karl Kennedy, Elly Conway, Bea Nilsson, Terese Willis

With the Writers' Festival about to begin at Lassiters on Neighbours, the Kennedy family is in for an unwelcome suprise...

Karl Kennedy (played by Alan Fletcher) and his wife, Susan (Jackie Woodburne) are trying to put the past few months of drama behind them and look to the future on Neighbours (1:45pm/5:30pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide for full listings).

But is the past about to come back to haunt them?

Terese Willis (Rebekah Elmaloglou) and the Lassiters team are preparing for the Writers' Festival, which includes the TOP SECRET launch of a new book.

A curious Terese takes a peek at the book cover and is horrified at what she finds.

But before Terese has a chance to warn anybody, the Kennedy family make their own SHOCK discovery...

Neighbours, David Tanaka, Aaron Brennan, Emmett Donaldson

David and Aaron are put to the test as foster parents by teenager Emmett on Neighbours

Neighbours, Deborra-Lee Furness

The Neighbours cast film their scenes under the watchful eye of guest director, Deborra-Lee Furness who is the real-life wife of Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman!

Meanwhile, Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson) and his husband, David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) are struggling being foster parents to teenager, Emmett Donaldson (Ezra Justin).

Things go from bad to worse at Number 32.

After Emmett overhears Aaron and David tell Aaron's sister Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly) and her husband, Pierce Greyson (Tim Robards) how they didn't really want to take on a kid of Emmett's age, he feels rejected and runs away...

Neighbours, Mackenzie Hargreaves

What does Mackenzie accidentally find out about her dad Grant on Neighbours?

Elsewhere, Mackenzie Hargreaves (Georgie Stone) is happy that she and her estranged dad, Grant (Paul Mercurio) are getting on better again.

Attempting to be a better father, Grant offers to arrange for Mackenzie to get some work experience with local legal eagle, Toadie Rebecchi (Ryan Maloney).

Mackenzie is thrilled that Grant is supporting her.

However, while sorting through some of Toadie's legal files, she makes a startling discovery!

Could it be something to do with Grant? Will the truth wreck their relationship?

Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm/5:30pm 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.