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    Digital Spy article:

    AUST PACE!


    Exclusive: Home and Away's Ray Meagher explains Alf Stewart's temporary exit.
    There's been a new Martha twist in Summer Bay.


    https://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/hom...emporary-exit/

    Home and Away legend Ray Meagher has explained why Alf Stewart is taking a short break from screens.

    Scenes airing on Channel 7 in Australia this week saw Alf head off on a trip with his first wife Martha (Belinda Giblin), together and united once again. The pair have been reconnecting in recent weeks following Martha's surprise return to Summer Bay.

    In real life, the story helped to facilitate some time off for Ray, who starred in the 10th anniversary theatre production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in Brisbane last year.

    Speaking to Digital Spy about what happens next, Ray explained: "I think Alf's away for about six weeks.

    "I enjoyed doing some theatre work again – I just loved the piece. It was Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and I had done that previously in the West End, in New Zealand and in Sydney.

    "It was an opportunity to do it in my old hometown, which is Brisbane in Queensland. So I loved doing it."

    Asked whether there's a chance we could see Martha in Summer Bay full-time, Ray replied: "Belinda does a hell of a lot of theatre. She does a lot of things, actually. She is a very much in-demand actress.

    "I'd love her to come in on a permanent basis. But whether it goes down that direction or not, I'm not sure."

    Ray went on to praise the show's bosses for telling a love story involving the older generation, rather than just focusing on the teens and 20-somethings.

    He said: "I think the show tries to deal with all sorts of situations and all sorts of things. It's great that older people, and storylines relating to older people like this, are represented.

    "As an actor on a show like this, it's obviously a youth-oriented show – and rightly so. Most of the storylines go to the younger people.

    "But for the older people to get a reasonable storyline once or twice a year – when it's a storyline like this that's good fun to do – it's just absolutely fantastic.

    "This year the storyline with Martha is definitely there, and I get the feeling that there may be more of it. And also, Ryder, Alf's grandson, keeps me busy. He's always getting into strife one way or another.

    "Roo is also a constant sparring partner. We’re either very supportive of one another, or at one another's throats over something or other. So there's plenty for Alf to do. And in the meantime, when there's not, he just loves going fishing!"

    Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).

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    Alf returning to Summer Bay

    https://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/hom...eagher-return/


    Home and Away's Alf Stewart is heading back to Summer Bay following his short break.

    Alf recently headed off on a trip with his first wife Martha (Belinda Giblin), but the good news for fans is that his comeback is getting closer.

    Advanced press billings released in Australia have revealed that Alf arrives back in scenes airing Down Under on Thursday, May 16.

    The same episode will air on Channel 5 in the UK on Monday, June 10.

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    so he always loved martha, and alisia no?

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    Daily Telegraph article. Ray Meagher (Alf) is recovering from triple bypass heart surgery:


    Home And Away star Ray Meagher’s triple bypass heart surgery shock.

    He’s always had a good heart. But Home And Away’s loveable larrikin, Ray Meagher has revealed he recently had to have emergency bypass surgery.


    Exclusive: The last time Alf Stewart battled a “dodgy ticker” on Seven’s Home And Away, it was 2018 and he was “down a sinkhole that had exploded near the [Summer Bay] school.”

    For Ray Meagher, the actor who plays Australia’s favourite TV larrikin and soap survivor, his very real heart shock came just a week ago, when a routine health check led to emergency triple bypass surgery.

    The 75-year-old had been preparing to spend an extended winter production break from the award-winning soap driving to Queenland for a Sunshine Coast holiday with wife, Gilly, when an appointment with his cardiologist just days before revealed three serious blockages in his arteries requiring immediate intervention.

    Now resting comfortably at his Sydney home, Meagher told News Corp Australia he was “very, very lucky” to have kept up his heart check and annual stress tests before getting behind the wheel.

    “We were all packed up and ready to drive north, but if we had without seeing the cardiologist, well, you could have a heart attack at the wheel, you kill yourself, you kill your wife, or some other poor innocent people. It’s just horrific to think what could have happened,” he said, adding “I’m just glad to be on the planet.”

    His doctor, Bill Petrellis and surgeon Ian Nicholson had initially thought a simple stent procedure was needed, but the extent of Meagher’s coronary calcification meant he was kept in overnight at Sydney Adventist Hospital and open heart surgery scheduled for the next day.

    “One of the arteries was 100 per cent [blocked],” Meagher said, revealing his angiogram showed “there was a good chunk of solid white [calcification]”

    Meagher had been vigilant about his own heart health, after tragically losing a friend to the disease last year.

    “I did [stage musical] Priscilla, Queen Of the Desert in Brisbane a year ago and because I’m a Queenslander, I’d played a lot of rugby and caught up with a lot of old rugby mates. One of them wouldn’t have been the normal theatre but his wife dragged him along and we had coffee and a great yarn. Then two weeks later he was dead … massive heart attack. So this was a real shock.”

    His good personal fitness has already helped in his recovery, with doctors restricting the actor to a regimen of daily walks and stretching exercises and producers giving him “all the time I need” to heal.

    “The surgeon called in the night before they let me out of hospital [last Wednesday] and he said: “a bit of exercise and do all the right things and basically you should be better than before … you’ve got a bigger motor, working at full capacity, now.”

    And if his TV alter ego can survive a series of heart attacks over 31 years of manning the diner and local bait shop, Meagher is confident he can too.

    “Alf Stewart’s had so many heart attacks and things along the way and survived them all,” he said, “talk about life imitating art.”

    Meagher’s health scare comes after The Heart Foundation and News Corp successfully lobbied the Federal Government to fund heart checks in its award-winning ‘Serial Killer’ and ‘Show Some Ticker’ campaigns.

    More than 16,000 Australians have seen a GP for a heart check since the push, with Meagher adding his voice to the cause.

    “I’m not quite rearing to go just yet but it comes back again to ‘please people, get checked,’” he said.

    “It doesn’t take long and there’s so much to be gained by going to the doctor and finding out the truth about your health, so you can do something about it.”


    And the Digital Spy article:

    Home and Away legend Ray Meagher undergoes triple bypass surgery
    The actor is now at home recovering.


    https://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/hom...ypass-surgery/

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    Get well soon, Ray

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    Ray Meagher is back on set after his heart surgery, & has posted this Instagram message:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B2dal90l...ource=ig_embed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantherboy View Post
    Ray Meagher is back on set after his heart surgery, & has posted this Instagram message:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B2dal90l...ource=ig_embed
    He needs to take it easy but I hate when he is off Home and Away, he is a legend

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