Hollyoaks fans everywhere had their hearts in their mouths last Friday when John Paul McQueen was sent to six months in jail following his attack on pupil Robbie Roscoe.
Of course John Paul’s reaction came after months of being tormented by Robbie (Charlie Wernham) and his best friend Finn (Keith Rice) as part of a homophobic bullying campaign.
John Paul’s lashing out at Robbie did result, however, in the teenager discovering the sickening truth that Finn had raped John Paul back in January, but with John Paul (James Sutton) still too humiliated and terrified to speak out, not even Robbie could save him from prison.
Robbie did try, however, and wrote a new witness impact statement for Sam Lomax (Lizzie Roper) to hand to the judge, but Finn cottoned on to this and made sure the letter was switched with another, more damning statement to ensure John Paul’s fate.
However, Hollyoaks and all of the cast involved have insisted from the beginning that Finn will eventually get his comeuppance, and rightly so, though this may end up being bitter sweet considering how much Keith Rice, who plays Finn, has shined throughout this sensitive, yet superbly played out storyline.
So what could the solution be that could see justice for John Paul, without losing Finn?
Unreality TV caught up with Keith Rice, who plays Finn, to find out EXCLUSIVELY what he thinks!
On where he would like to see the storyline go from here, and how it might be concluded, Keith revealed:
“Obviously Finn is going to get his comeuppance, and that is one of the things that we absolutely stress. We are not keeping the storyline going for the sake of it. John Paul and Finn are individual people and they have their own stories to tell and that is one of the things that we found through our research was that everyone in this situation is different.”
“Some people will come forward and say what has happened to them, but some people don’t and in John Paul’s case he won’t, and in Finn’s case he is not going to come forward and admit it so we have to keep the storyline going for as long as it takes for John Paul to speak up.
“I honestly do not know what is coming up or what is going to happen or how it is going to be resolved, the only thing I have been told is that Finn will get his comeuppance and that is all.
“But as for the future for Finn, if what he did was to come out and he ends up going to a youth offenders or something like that, I would love to see him explored in a way that delves into why he is like the way he is.
“I would love to film scenes with Finn and a psychiatrist trying to explore what goes on in Finn’s mind, and touch on what goes on in a teenagers mind in general. I would love to see someone professional trying to get through to Finn to see if there was any sort of hope left for him.
“That’s what I would really like, but I honestly don’t know what direction Bryan [Kirkwood, Hollyoaks executive producer] is planning on taking this. But of course above all I want John Paul to get justice, and Finn to get his comeuppance, but it would be great for the storyline to carry on from there.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD – Watch the official trailer for all the drama this spring in the clip below: