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Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Pregnant Ms. Piper (Toni Potter) is back in Ferndale with a spring in her step and a thaw in her heart.

After spending time away with her unwell mother, Alice has returned with a new agenda. Aware of the impending birth of her baby, Alice has realised what she really wants from life – a secure future for her and her child.

Could she have that with ex-partner Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei)? While Alice may be ready to put her heart on the line again for a second chance with Craig, will he feel the same way – or has his loving gaze shifted elsewhere?

After digging for dirt on dodgy pharmaceutical company Scott-Spear, Craig Valentine’s (Renato Bartolomei) fears that they have dark secrets to keep are justified. When Craig suspects his car is being tailed, he is shocked to realise that the multi-national company knows just as much about him.

What Craig doesn’t anticipate is just how far Scott-Spear will be prepared to go, to keep Craig out of their private business. Will Craig heed their warnings or will his hunger for justice blind him to impending danger?

There’s a new face on Shortland Street and a very odd love triangle in the making. When newly single Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) meets Jesse (Paul McIver) at the I.V. Bar, sparks fly and phone numbers are exchanged.

Meanwhile proudly asexual Gerald Tippet (Harry McNaughton) also crosses paths with the enigmatic Jesse in different circumstances and is impressed. Little does he know that Jesse has just exchanged numbers with his ex girlfriend. Who’s attracted to whom?

Tune in to Shortland Street to meet the very popular Jesse.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZ ondemand

For those who havnet played before and want to play, Here is how the game works

* You pick your own team of characters (team of 4).

* You pick up points based on what your characters do/say on the show.

* * Each night, points are recorded by either Nisha or Kitty From Streettalk.

Points this month are:

150 Dies/leaves the show, proposes, marries, divorces, has a baby
95 Breaks off a relationship
80 Starts a new job, gets fired
70 Moves house, sleeps with someone
60 Operates or assists in surgery
50 Receives medical treatment/advice
40 Seen with top off/bra, bikini, or towel around them
35 Says name of a character who has left the show
30 Mentions a real place name (not Ferndale)
25 Seen on a non-set location
15 Seen reading newspaper/book/magazine/
patient’s file
12 Speaks a phrase in another language
10 Kisses/hugs someone
6 Seen getting in or out of the lift
5 Says DHB, Shortland Street, Ferndale
3 Uses the phone, computer or watches radio/TV
2 Has a drink of any sort
1 If your character gets (physical) mail
-20 Seen taking drugs (illegal or legal) – includes smoking
-20 Says bitch, slag, cow, bastard

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Characters to choose from

Alice, Anthony Brooke Callum Chris Craig, Ethan, Gerald Hunter Justine Kieran, Kingi Kip Libby Maia Morgan Sarah Scotty Shanti Sophie Tania TK, Tracey Wiremu Yvonne.

Please choose your team by Sept 1st at 5pm

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

After being an ED specialist for so long, Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) seems to be losing the love of the job, but it seems a change could be just around the corner.

Craig’s interest is piqued when Pharmaceutical company Scott Spear head hunt Craig to join their research and development team. Knowing that a new challenge may be just what the doctor ordered, Craig has a difficult decision to make.

For a start, he would have to leave ED in the hands of Dr. Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). Can Craig bring himself to take the leap from a public hospital to a private business – or worse, can he bear leaving Sarah Potts at all?

Meet Ethan Pierce. Played by actor Owen Black, Ethan is SHORTLAND STREET’s newest face.

Cast as the dark and dashing Dr. Pierce, it will soon become clear that while he doesn’t let anyone get under his skin he’s more than able to get under the skin of others.

There’s one doctor in particular that’s not please with his arrival at the clinic. It’s clear that there’s some history between these two, though they will go to pains to keep it covered up.

Morgan and Hunter have to put their differences aside on SHORTLAND STREET when a casual volunteer first aid duty turns to chaos.

While helping out at the South Ferndale Markets a runaway truck puts lives in danger when it ploughs through some stalls. Hunter’s first aid skills are really put to the test, but he’s spurred on by having the beautiful Morgan holding his hand throughout.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZ ondemand

After being an ED specialist for so long, Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) seems to be losing the love of the job, but it seems a change could be just around the corner.

Craig’s interest is piqued when Pharmaceutical company Scott Spear head hunt Craig to join their research and development team. Knowing that a new challenge may be just what the doctor ordered, Craig has a difficult decision to make.

For a start, he would have to leave ED in the hands of Dr. Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). Can Craig bring himself to take the leap from a public hospital to a private business – or worse, can he bear leaving Sarah Potts at all?

Meet Ethan Pierce. Played by actor Owen Black, Ethan is SHORTLAND STREET’s newest face.

Cast as the dark and dashing Dr. Pierce, it will soon become clear that while he doesn’t let anyone get under his skin he’s more than able to get under the skin of others.

There’s one doctor in particular that’s not please with his arrival at the clinic. It’s clear that there’s some history between these two, though they will go to pains to keep it covered up.

Morgan and Hunter have to put their differences aside on SHORTLAND STREET when a casual volunteer first aid duty turns to chaos.

While helping out at the South Ferndale Markets a runaway truck puts lives in danger when it ploughs through some stalls. Hunter’s first aid skills are really put to the test, but he’s spurred on by having the beautiful Morgan holding his hand throughout.

The nominees for the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards have recently been announced and SHORTLAND STREET is well represented in this year’s talented group.

SHORTLAND STREET has been nominated in the following categories:

Best Drama
Best Actor: Michael Galvin
Best Actress: Toni Potter
Best Supporting Actor: Johnny Barker
Editing: Rowan McKay
Production Design: Josh Thomas

The 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards will be held at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on Saturday September 13 2008.

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Work has always been the place Dr. Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) feels most at home.

Returning to the hospital after a study break in Melbourne, Sarah is feeling refreshed and ready to get back into work. But first day back on the job, the symptoms of her MS start to rear their ugly head.

Sarah begins to realise that she may not be able to keep it a secret for much longer, and wonders what will become of her future in ED.

It’s ball season and teen dream Sophie McKay (Kimberley Crossman) is dusting off her dancing shoes to attend her high school formal. But Sophie has a difficult decision to make – who will be her lucky Prince Charming?

On the one hand there’s Tane Samuels (Dominic Ona-Ariki) who has been confined to a wheel chair since a dramatic car accident in April. But first XV captain Jared Finch (Scott Smart) is vying for her attention. Will Sophie choose friend or fancy to be her date?

Unlike some of the other doctors at SHORTLAND STREET hospital, happily married TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell) has failed to fall for the charms of new GP Brooke Freeman (Beth Allen) since his return from Melbourne.

When Brooke misdiagnoses a patient, TK becomes convinced that there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Digging deeper, TK is shocked to discover a secret Brooke has been trying hard to keep. Is Brooke even who she says she is?

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Kieran (Adam Rickitt) goes head to head with the enemy when he refuses to succumb to gang pressure to cancel his dance party.

In recent weeks the local White-Tails gang has been making their presence in the community known. When Kieran decides to hold a competing dance party on the same night as the White-Tails, he fails to consider the consequences.

Finding himself at the mercy of the gang members he realises that playing hard-ball may cost him dearly.

A disastrous failed romance with Dr Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) doesn’t seem to be deterring nurse Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe) from seeking the affections of yet another bad boy.

This time she’s got eyes for local gang member Kingi Te Wake (Te Kohe Tuhaka). Despite her family’s vocal protests about her reckless behaviour, it seems Tania’s set on travelling the rocky road to love, with or without the support of her mother and sisters.

Craig’s passion for his job is refuelled this week on SHORTLAND STREET when he is assigned the case of teenager Noah Swartzman (Chad Mills).

Noah is brought into SHORTLAND STREET hospital in a serious condition.

When Craig finds out Noah has been employed as a human guinea pig for a pharmaceutical company, he is shocked to learn that Noah’s illness may be an adverse reaction to a drug.

As Noah’s condition starts to deteriorate, Craig realises the serious consequences of the drug testing, vows to find out who’s responsible for Noah’s illness.

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Exclusive to the official Shorty website! All the latest news and views, straight from the set this August.

Just wait til you see what an action packed month we have on New Zealand’s favourite soap. Just for you here is a brief glimpse of some of the highlights of this coming month:

A Fraction too much Friction

Ex-copper turned nurse, Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson) is back at Shortland Street, but not everyone is happy to see her. Having not endeared herself to her colleagues the first time around, the often feisty Tracey is determined to be accepted on her own terms this time. She’s refreshed her nursing training and just wants to put her terrifying experience at the hands of Ferndale’s notorious Strangler behind her. But when she shows excessive force with a patient, Dr Kip Denton (Will Hall) worries that she is a loose cannon. A heated argument ensues, and it’s apparent that the fine line between friction and “frisson” could be crossed!

Strangeness and charm

If you’ve ever wondered which individuals could produce an offspring as unique as Gerald, your questions are about to be answered. This month, Gerald invites girlfriend Morgan and flat-mates Libby and Kieran, to a birthday dinner party at his Mum and Dad’s. At first glance, Nigel and Katie impress, but unfortunately Gerald’s stress levels go through the roof when his parents reveal their liberal attitudes and start to bicker over personal and very private business. It’s a cringe making night – and what will Gerald’s friends make of his parents’ revelations?

Hit the ground running

Since she ditched her family at the airport, Shanti’s mother Shobhna Kumari is reveling in her new status as a liberated woman. She’s teamed up with fellow single-gal Yvonne Jeffries (Alison Quigan), who is enjoying introducing Shobhna to New Zealand’s laid-back culture. This month, one of Yvonne’s interests becomes Shobhna’s addiction – gambling! Whereas Yvonne has always been happy to play poker for peanuts, it seems Shobhna is committed to a game of higher stakes. Will Shanti intercede before her mother gets in too deep? And is Yvonne about to feel Shanti’s wrath for leading her sheltered mother astray?

So deep

He’s had plenty on his plate lately, having busted up with Alice Piper, then enduring his daughter Scarlett’s trial. Now Craig Valentine finds his enthusiasm for his job as Head of ED seriously on the wane. But when a patient presents with a rare illness, his interest is piqued. Could this medical mystery be the challenge Craig needs? When Craig starts to dig, he’s stunned to discover the man’s been working as a drug cowboy. Smelling a rat, Craig resolves to ask the drug company some tough questions. Can one man take on the system or is he asking for more trouble than he can handle? Exclusive to the official Shorty website! All the latest news and views, straight from the set this August.

Show yourself

A talented new surgeon makes his mark at Shortland Street hospital this month, in the form of dashing doc Ethan Pierce (Owen Black). Some might see him as cocky and arrogant but Ethan is confidently assured of his own abilities and knows his place in the world. His arrival at the hospital causes a stir amongst the female fraternity, but one person in particular has cause to be disturbed by Ethan’s presence. Why this person covers up her prior association with Ethan is yet to be revealed. What juicy revelations could she dish on Shorty’s newest heart-throb? Stay tuned as past histories are revealed.

Find out more about the loves, lives and dramas of your favourite characters when Shortland Street continues this August

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More of Gerald’s childhood secrets are exposed. Last week, Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) voiced her concerns about Gerald’s upbringing, after discovering his parents were overtly sexual around him when he was young.

Morgan’s concerns seem to be put to rest when she discovers Gerald’s mother is one of her favourite childhood authors. But her relief is short lived when she and Gerald discover an oddly titled book which brings to light all sorts of other strange childhood experiences for poor Gerald. Could Gerald’s mother be to blame for his sexual confusion?

Ferndale favourite Scarlett Valentine (Nicole Thompson) returns. After a dramatic incident last year where Scarlett crashed her father’s SUV, she was whisked off to Australia to recuperate. Now, Scarlett’s back to face her demons – and the law courts. But with her return comes a few surprises, including the news that Alice Piper (Toni Potter) is pregnant, potentially with Craig’s (Renato Bartolomei) baby.

Plus we can reveal the episode which will cause quite a buzz!

It’s a case of “double, double, toil, and trouble”, when New Zealand’s favourite television drama takes a leaf from Shakespeare.
For the first time ever, this special episode will draw parallels to William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and will reveal there are darker characters in our midst.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZ ondemand

Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) shows his true colours when he challenges hospital policy. When an injured Whitetail gang member arrives at the clinic Craig decides to make a stand and refuses to treat the patient until he removes his colours, causing a stand off.
With Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) already in trouble with the Whitetails, is Craig also about to gain some very unsavoury enemies?

Meanwhile, savvy teenager Sophie McKay learns the true value of the dollar, when she is forced to take on part time work to save for a dream trip to France. As well as giving café work a shot, a vivacious Sophie opts to give baby-sitting a try and volunteers to look after Maia’s (Anna Jullienne) baby Jay. But with no prior experience with children under her belt, Sophie’s first babysitting experience may prove to be her last. How will she cope with a major baby breakdown? What transpires is not to be missed!

Plus we can reveal the episode which will cause quite a buzz!
It’s a case of “double, double, toil, and trouble”, when New Zealand’s favourite television drama takes a leaf from Shakespeare.
For the first time ever, this special episode will draw parallels to William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and will reveal there are darker characters in our midst.
It’s something different but you’ll be sure to love how the drama plays out, and until then “let every man be master of his time, till seven at night.”