The Channel 4 drama recently announced details of a unique one-off episode set six months in the future, focusing on a dramatic incident which will take place on the day of Calvin Valentine (Ricky Whittle) and Carmel McQueen's (Gemma Merna) second wedding. Viewers will then see the build-up to the pair's nuptials as the show's instalments return to the present day.
However, Allan has now told DS that she "toyed" with the idea of jumping forward in time for good while planning Zoe Carpenter's (Zoë Lister) recent trial plotline, which saw the troubled blonde accused of being responsible for Sarah Barnes's (Loui Batley) tragic skydive death. The proposal was later ruled out after being deemed too problematic.
Allan commented: "[It would have been] four months and coming straight out of Later into day one of her court case. The problem you have, though, is you have to do it by a year, otherwise you'd have Christmas in the middle of the summer and the whole thing becomes a mess."
The programme's boss confirmed that she would "never say never" over a permanent time jump for the future, adding: "It's a jump too far for now, but who knows?"
Hollyoaks' forthcoming 'flashforward' episode is a UK soap first as no other British serial drama has ever broken the time continuum before.
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