Shane's time is up and I'm moving on; INTERVIEW: Dieter Brummer.
YESTERDAY'S motor-bike accident left Shane lying motionless beside his wrecked machine.
Today he's in intensive care in a coma. So is this the end for the Home And Away hunk?
Pin-up Dieter Brummer has already left the series in Australia and is set to leave Summer Bay for good. But for UK fans, there's a short reprieve. Shane will recover from the hit-and-run accident and won't be leaving the show until May.
But 19-year-old Dieter can't wait to get out of Summer Bay - and lose his Mr Nice Guy image.
"When Shane was first on the show he was a bad boy - stealing cars and setting fire to things.
"That was nothing like me, but real fun to play.
"But ever since he got together with Angel he's become a bit of a nancy boy, a wuss."
It's clear Dieter doesn't think he has much in common with his TV character.
Nor with his screen wife Angel, played by Melissa George. "Once you get married on a soap it's as boring as hell," says Dieter.
"You don't even talk to anyone else. There's no interaction with other characters."
Dieter has admitted that he got completely fed up with spending all day working with the same person. "I feel I've gone as far as I can with Shane.
"In a movie the character has a beginning, a middle and an end.
"I've been through all that with Shane. His time is up."
Dieter's first UK role after leaving Home And Away - pantomime in Carlisle at Christmas - was cancelled because of work permit problems.
But he is confident about the future. "I'll get some tougher parts," he says. "I want to do TV and films. I think you should do loads of stuff before you die.
"And if I can't get work in front of the camera I'll make my own shows.
"I know there's life after Home And Away and I'm not afraid of it.
"Now it's time to move on."