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Whittle credits "fan power" for 'Oaks twist

By and Kris Green
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Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle has claimed that pressure from fans prompted the soap's producers to create Calvin Valentine and Carmel McQueen's wedding twist.

The Channel 4 drama's forthcoming 'flashforward' episode will see the estranged couple, played by Whittle and Gemma Merna, enjoying their second wedding day.

However, in a tragic turn of events, Calvin will end up being shot dead by a mystery assailant in the dramatic instalment, which is set in May 2010.

Discussing the pair's surprise reunion in an interview with DS, Whittle explained: "Calvin's completely besotted with Carmel. She's the one he's always wanted - she's always been his true love since they first started seeing each other and everyone's always wanted them to get back together, which has been nice.

"I think it's a very good example of fan power. The producers weren't going to put these two together ever again because everyone wanted them together. It was a Ross and Rachel situation - they're meant to be [together], but something would always happen for it not to quite work out."

He added: "I think Calvin and Carmel fans will be happy that they're back together in the episode - it'll just pull a few heartstrings when Calvin's shot at the end."

The Chester-based show's recent episodes have seen Calvin embarking on a secret affair with Carmel's sister Mercedes Fisher, played by Jennifer Metcalfe.

Hollyoaks' 'flashforward' episode airs tonight at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

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