New Hollyoaks series producer Lucy Allan is the fourth person to take the hot seat for DS's Producer Season 2009. The main serving of the interview can be found here, while several character teases and intriguingly cryptic plot hints appear below!
Ste, Abi and Daniel
"This is a big story for us over the course of the summer and Ste is a character that we've invested massively in. It's about Ste discovering that two people you trust are very different to what he thought they were... There's certainly going to be an unexpected end to it all that sees Ste re-evaluating everything he previously thought."
Sarah and Lydia - is it not a little McDean-esque? A lot of people are saying that it's almost a carbon copy of a the John Paul/Craig storyline? It's quite hypocritical of Sarah?
"Didn't Sarah criticise Craig because she was in a relationship with him [while she was with John Paul]? It was less about his sexuality and more about the fact that he was cheating on her. Whereas with Sarah and Lydia, neither of them is in a relationship and also Craig, bless him, the one thing that he could never say was 'I'm gay' and Sarah very early on has got over all that. It seems to me that it is a very different story and certainly the way it builds and finally plays out, it couldn't be any further away from John Paul and Craig if it tried."
"There's loads of stuff going on in the McQueen house. The one thing I thought after last year was that they had such a hard time with Niall, so we need to re-establish our favourite family of fun and remind ourselves who they all are."
"We've got Zak's brother Caleb - played by Michael Ryan - who turns up just in time to see Zak get an unexpected result to his degree. He's quite an unexpected brother and putting Hayley, Zak and Caleb together makes for some very interesting conversation."
"Theresa has tons coming up. What viewers might be interested to know is that Theresa's going to fall in love. I don't think she expects it in the slightest… "
"Anita has been a fantastic character through this racism storyline. She's compelling to watch and certainly someone to keep an eye on. In terms of the family, we've got a lot of sibling rivalry building up and Ravi's going to end up facing a big, life-threatening decision later on in the year that's going to throw a bit of a bomb in that household."
"The brothers have some material coming up, but it's more about their own individual stories. You have to say 'what do you do with a tranny when he leaves university?' so there's some fun with Kris getting a job and there's a big identity story for him. With Malachy, I think it would be an error if his illness was the main focus of his character. He's a character that's full of energy and comedy and a lot of what we love about him is his outlook on life and boisterousness. Malachy's going to find his feet again in The Loft over the summer."
"We're going to see the Osbornes face a lot more disappointment with Darren."
"Calvin's got big stuff coming up, but most of his story [after Stunt week] is about him facing the consequences of who he became and trying to find his place in the village."
Cheryl - big plans?
"Absolutely. You can't have anything but big with Cheryl, can you? She arrives in the middle of the biggest funeral of the year and causes absolute mayhem and continues to do so..."
Will Spencer be sticking around in life after Warren?
"He'll be sticking around, yes."
And also on the cards...
§ Festival madness results in two of the most unlikely characters getting hitched this summer...
§ After an unexpected psychotic episode, one of our most-loved characters finds themselves on trial for murder
§ A new student brings hedonism to Hollyoaks
§ McQueen mayhem spreads to Evissa
§ The graduates leave HCC and discover that the real world is full of David Brent-a-likes
§ The teens embark on a camping trip that will change their lives forever
§ An old family secret comes out leaving one of our teens looking for the truth
§ Money makes the world go round and when a group of lads find £100k, madness soon ensues
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