In an effort to pull in teen viewers, long-running Aussie soap Home and Away will focus on high school dramas of its younger cast in 2013.
The residents of Summer Bay will take a backseat to its Summer Bay High attendees, according to series producer Lucy Addario.
Speaking with Home and Away's 25th Anniversary Magazine (which might well be flying off the shelves as we speak), Addario explained, "We believe that it is very important to explore issues surrounding high school as the landscape of education. Adolescence and social media continues to change and present new ideas on stories for the show to tackle."
There will be some fresh faces in the cast, pulling from a complex range of backgrounds. According to Addario, "We have new characters about to come in who are runaways a brother and a sister, who carry with them a secret about who they are and what they are running away from.
“A lot of our new characters will be in the school and will have different issues to deal with," Addario added.
Executive producer Julie McGauran believes the best stories are still grounded in reality.
"No matter how heightened our stories get, they have to be based in truth. Next year there will be a lot more stories back at Summer Bay High School,” McGauran said.
The 2012 season finale airs on the Seven Network on November 28.