It’s almost that time of year again, when Hollyoaks shakes off its 6.30 pre-watershed time slot and gets really interesting in its annual Hollyoaks Later series, and this year is set to be pretty incredible!
Last year’s Later series was focussed on the dark family betrayal of the Brady’s when it was revealed to the viewers that the reason behind Brendan’s (Emmett J Scanlan) monstrous character was because his father had abused him as a child.
A few murders, an arrest and an Irish millionaire later and all the Brady’s have all resolved their issues (in one way or another), leaving the door open for this year’s Later series to explore a slightly more light hearted story.
Taking centre stage is Tony Hutchinson, played by only original cast member Nick Pickard who, along with some old friends and his brother, embarks on a journey of self-discovery following his cancer diagnosis.
James Redmond (Rory ‘Finn’ Finnigan), Jeremy Edwards (Kurt Benson) and John Pickard (Dom Reilly) will be joining him in his adventure in what show bosses have described as being a bit like the epic film, The Hangover.
Tony, who fans will know has just been told he needs chemotherapy to battle his cancer, will meet up with the lads for a boys holiday across Spain and Morocco, meeting lots of very colourful characters along the way.
Meanwhile new lovers Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) and Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) are part of the series too as they embark on a “chilling” storyline whilst celebrating an 18th birthday in haunting conditions.
The five part series, which will also see Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) team up with a new McQueen family member for a road trip of their own, is currently in pre-production in the capable hands of Jane Stevenson (who produced last year’s series) and executive producer Bryan Kirkwood, and is expected to air on our tellyboxes this autumn.
Kirkwood commented: “We are very happy to announce the commissioning of series six of Hollyoaks Later. It is a returning series that gives an annual late night treat to loyal Hollyoaks fans.”
Lee Mason, Channel 4’s editor for drama commissioning, added: “We’re thrilled to be bringing back Hollyoaks Later for a sixth series and with it some of our best loved Hollyoaks faces.
“Tony’s cancer battle is an important story for us to tell and we’re so excited to be able to explore it further within the high octane, highly emotional and sometimes shocking world of Hollyoaks Later.”
Watch this space for more information about this year’s Hollyoaks Later, and remind yourself of last year’s epic series in the clip below: