'We've filmed a massive storyline which will rival the fire!' reveals Neighbours' Alan Fletcher (VIDEO)

As (opens in new tab)Neighbours take a break, and leaves us hanging with loads of Christmas cliffhangers, Alan Fletcher, who has played Dr Karl Kennedy for over 20 years, popped over to the UK to give us a sneak preview of what's happening in Erinsborough in 2016.

"We've been filming a massive storyline which will rival the fire at Erinsborough High," revealed Alan. "It's incredibly emotional. It's a series of episodes which deal with having to make an agonising choice. I think the audience will love that and really relate. It should air around March."

And when Neighbours returns in the New Year, for the first time ever, episodes will air on the same day in both Australia and the UK.

"It's the most fantastic thing to happen," said Alan. "Now we can involve fans in both countries simultaneously on social media, it takes all the spoilers out of it and we're really excited about it."

Check out our video chat with Alan, in which he reveals what he'd buy co-star Jackie Woodburne (Susan) for Christmas, tells us some trivia about famous former co-star Jesse Spencer (Billy), has a very special Christmas message for What's On TV fans.

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*Watch Neighbours on Channel 5, weekdays at 1.35pm and 6.00pm. The season finale screens on Friday, December 18. Neighbours returns on Monday, January 4. For the first time ever, the nation's favourite Australian soap will be broadcast on the same day in both the UK and Oz!

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.