If you haven't read it yet, don't miss part one of the interview for gossip on new characters, HCC, the 18th anniversary and much more.
Here, Soap Scoop presents part two of the chat, which contains some extra teasers and detail on what's ahead for a number of the characters.
It's been great to see characters like Diane become more prominent this year. Do you think it's important that the older characters are given more screen time?
"Absolutely - that's one big change that I wanted to make to the programme. I really wanted the audience at home to feel that Hollyoaks is a show that the whole family can enjoy. It will always have a teen focus leaning towards the younger characters, but I do believe that we can tell stories with the whole cast.
"It's been a joy to see Diane, Myra, Jack and Frankie in the thick of things. It's also why we brought in Jeremy Sheffield and Gillian Taylforth, as they're two fantastic actors who bring a wealth of experience to their roles.
"To emphasise the broadening out of the show, from the 15th of July the entire cast will be featured in the opening titles. It's about time. We are keeping the current format with the addition of some old and new faces."
Are there any other set changes we should be looking out for?
"We've now got the back of The Dog, which will help us to make better use of the Roscoes' garage and the pub car park. Viewers have seen that Jack and Sandy share a secret, so the new space will help us play the families alongside each other.
"The school will also shortly have a facelift as Patrick unveils the new Hollyoaks High, which helps us to see a lot more of our younger characters like Tom and Holly."
The fans definitely love spoilers but they also seem to enjoy big shocks, such as when Lynsey was killed off unexpectedly. Are you planning any more unpublicised surprises?
"Definitely. I was really inspired by the way the audience responded to Lynsey's shock death, and I think those moments of surprise are something that Hollyoaks is able to do more effectively than the other soaps. We do have a handful of really juicy surprises which you'll see on screen over the next few months. As a team, we're trying to be a bit cleverer when it comes to holding certain things back."
John Paul's fans are keen to see a lot more of him. Will his big storyline still be happening?
"You can definitely expect to see a lot more of John Paul. It's fair to say that James has had a quieter time of it, but John Paul remains one of our most important characters. With Danny Lomax now in the show, John Paul does finally get his share of the action. His romance with Danny will lead to dark and unexpected consequences for a number of characters."
Doug also has a fanbase but he's become a bit of a supporting character recently. Does he have some good stuff coming up?
"Doug's also had a quiet few months, but with a cast of this size, we're always going to have to look away from certain characters from time to time. I love PJ's work and I think he's done a brilliant job over the past few years. We'll definitely see Doug come back to the forefront of the show."
Can you tell us any more about Sienna's story with Darren and Nancy?
"There are a lot more twists and turns to come. The fact that Sienna also features in Patrick's world hopefully illustrates to the audience that not everything is as it seems.
"While Darren and Nancy are one of our most-loved and most important couples, they're only as interesting as the conflict they're facing. 'Happily ever after' doesn't often work in soaps. I adore what Jess and Ashley have done and want them to be busier than ever."
Some of our readers have pointed out that Hollyoaks is sometimes the soap where crime can go unpunished! Will Browning, Theresa or Will ever get a comeuppance?
"It's a fair point that the crime rate is soaring at the moment! Let's just say that at least one of our criminals will soon be unmasked…"
Are you pleased with how the Roscoes have gone down with viewers, and what are your future plans for them?
"I think that the Roscoes have had a good start in the show. I was very nervous about introducing seven new faces to the village at the same time, but I also knew that Hollyoaks needed a massive injection of new energy following our big departures of recent months. Over the years I've introduced some soap families who have gone down well and some that have gone down not so well, so hopefully I've learned my own lessons from what works and what doesn't.
"With the Roscoes, we've got seven strong actors and seven very different characters. We're already very excited about telling Roscoe stories, and I hope the audience are embracing them. The boys and Gillian are doing well so the Roscoes should be a big part of the show for years to come."
We've noticed fans are really liking Lindsey in particular, so will she have lots more to do?
"She certainly will, as I think Lindsey is right at the heart of the Roscoes' success. Sophie has arrived with such confidence and charisma, which I'm overjoyed by. With the absence of Jacqui, Cheryl and Mitzeee, we knew that we were lacking a strong leading lady with a big heart and a strong moral code."
This time last year the fans wanted to see less of the teens, but now it seems they're calling for them to be used more! What's coming up for them?
"That's been a really surprising but satisfying consequence of the recent changes - seeing how much our audience fell in love with some of our younger artists. I think they got a really hard time at certain points, but we always had talented actors in the younger cast who were doing good work. I'm really pleased that we're now being called on to feature George, Callum, Tilly, Esther, Ruby, Sinead and Phoebe more.
"George, Phoebe and Vincent's beautiful love story will be a big plot over the summer. It's quite unique, as it's a love triangle where nobody's doing anything wrong! It's also an important issue story and a soap first, as it's about the story of a Nigerian asylum seeker who's fleeing persecution for being gay. We are working closely with Stonewall, to ensure a rarely told story gets the audience it deserves. There's tons more to explore with that plot.
"We'll see Tilly and Esther's relationship go in a very unexpected direction in Hollyoaks Later, while Ruby is about to lose her head with an older man.
"Sinead is going to have the year from hell, as karma for all of her wicked acts in the past year! However, coming out of that will be a surprising love story with a knight in shining armour."
What's coming up for Cindy?
"Cindy's been quiet lately, but what I'm delighted to see is her finally grow a heart and be such a support to Tony. We all recognised that Tony and Cindy had probably had too many attempts at being husband and wife, but now they're just good friends. To me their scenes are a highlight of what's on screen right now.
"Cindy has recognised where she's gone wrong with her life in recent years and she will try to turn her life round. But it might just be too little, too late as she finds herself in some enormous trouble."
Dennis, Liberty and the Kanes are characters who we've seen less of recently. Do they have a future in the show?
"I'm thrilled to see Dennis back now and better than ever. He's one of my favourite characters and Joe Tracini lights up the screen. We'll be seeing a lot more of him.
"We will see Liberty make a brief return to the show as she announces she has secured a recording contract and goes off to pursue her dream. Ash, Martha and Callum will all be much busier in the coming months."
Will the Patrick and Maxine story become an abusive partner story?
"Maxine and Patrick are polar opposites, who have found themselves in an unlikely relationship. There have been some early warning signs that Patrick can be quite controlling but is Maxine the woman to change him?"
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