Shortland Street's Christmas cliffhanger will feature blood-drenched chaos at a wedding.
Love is in the air as surgeon Boyd Rolleston prepares to tie the knot with flirty doc Harper Whitley. But it is a prescription for trouble when Boyd's roguish rival Dr Drew McCaskill shows up and celebrations are plunged into turmoil.
As the Herald on Sunday's exclusive picture shows a distraught Harper's wedding dress ends up covered in blood.
Producer Simon Bennett promises action on a grand scale for TV2's 90-minute special on December 14, dubbed "Red Wedding". "There is romance, intrigue and tragedy," Bennett said. "It's the biggest cliffhanger I've worked on in 20 years."
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Ria Vandervis, who plays Harper, said her character causes trouble.
"When Drew turns up she starts having doubts," she said.
Accompanying the action, award-winning opera trio Sol3 Mio sing the classic Santa Lucia in a cameo scene.