New Zealand soap Shortland Street will return to UK screens this month, starring former Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt.

The show has been picked up by Living channel and will be broadcast in double bills on weekdays.

Living will screen episodes that were first broadcast in New Zealand in 2007, beginning with the point Adam joined the medical soap opera as Kieran Mitchell.

A Living statement said: “Viewers can learn what has kept TV fans in New Zealand hooked for 18 years, as some of the most exciting episodes reintroduce the intense and emotional show to British audiences.”

Shortland Street used to screen on ITV in the UK until 2003, and is screened on the TVNZ network in New Zealand.

Adam, who once played Coronation Street’s Nick Tilsley, left his Shortland Street role earlier this year and is planning a music comeback.

The show begins on Living on August 23.

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