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BABY BOMBSHELL in today's Neighbours to tear THIS family apart?


The Kennedy's are feeling the pressure...

Today's Neighbours sees a super-stressed Susan Kennedy hit rock bottom, leaving baby Aster in big trouble as Claudia Watkins announces she will be fighting them for custody of her granddaughter.

Neighbours fans have watched Susan struggling to cope since Finn Kelly's reign of terror left two dead before he met his own dramatic demise.

Neighbours, Susan Kennedy, Elly Conway, Karl Kennedy

The Kennedy family were shocked when Elly was sentences to three years in prison (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

But with Susan being the one who brought Finn back to Ramsay Street after his memory loss, she felt guilty that her judge of character had been so wrong, while Sheila Canning blamed her for son Gary's death.

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However, Susan's guilt only got worse when her niece Elly Conway found herself sent to jail for Finn's murder - a crime that Neighbours viewers know she didn't commit.

What the Kennedy family don't know is that Aster's grandmother, Claudia was the one who blackmailed the judge into sending innocent Elly to jail, all so that she could get her hands on baby Aster.

Neighbours, Susan Kennedy, Mackenzie Hargreaves

Susan loses her cool with Mackenzie today... (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

With Karl and Susan now looking after Aster while Elly fights to appeal her case, Claudia has been waiting for the pair to slip up so that she can form a case against them for custody - and today sees Susan give Claudia the exact moment she has been waiting for.

With Susan struggling to cope, she has been hiding her panic attacks from husband Karl, knowing that he would only fuss around her.

Claudia Watkins

Claudia reveals her plans to fight for baby Aster, leaving the Kennedys shocked (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

But today sees everything get on top of Susan, and as she is attacked from all directions she finally snaps and takes her anger out on innocent Mackenzie.

Mackenzie is only hoping to ask her a question about her school work, but Susan verbally lashes out and leaves the student, and everyone around them, stunned.

But while Susan instantly feels awful about what she has said and goes to apologise, she is stopped in her tracks by Claudia who tells her and Karl that she witnessed the whole outburst and will be putting together a custody case with immediate effect.

Neighbours, Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy

Karl and Susan are stunned that they could lose Aster... (Picture: Channel 5)

Karl and Susan are shocked by her words and their world starts to fall apart as they realise they could let Elly down by failing to do the one thing they promised... to look after Aster themselves.

Will Claudia win her case against the Kennedys?

And will Susan finally accept the help she so desperately needs?

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

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