Exclusive: Hollyoaks star James Sutton says he has "a very, very good idea" about New Year death mystery victim

Daniel Kilkelly, Megan Davies

From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks star James Sutton has teased more about the soap's New Year flashforward storyline, including the identity of the mystery person inside the body bag.

For those who need a reminder, Hollyoaks aired a special New Year's episode that jumped a year into the future and revealed that there were quite a few changes in store for the village over the course of the next few months.

But one of the biggest revelations by far was a scene that showed a crime scene outside The Hutch, with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) left devastated by the death of whoever was inside a black body bag.

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While many of the soap's stars have since admitted that they're being kept in the dark about the unlucky victim, John Paul actor James Sutton has exclusively told Digital Spy that he actually has a "very, very good idea" about who is in the body bag.

"I probably know more than most people. But it hasn't been revealed yet! It's going to be very interesting," he teased further.

"The whole flashforward storyline is an incredible thing to undertake. It's a huge thing to do – flash forward a whole year and then tell the story that leads up to that. It's very brave but the sort of thing that Hollyoaks does really well. It's why Hollyoaks is such an important show and at the cutting edge of continuing drama.

"Bryan Kirkwood and his team aren't afraid to tell these kind of storylines and do things like this. We're all really excited to be part of it. I hope the audience can come to terms with who's in the body bag! New Year's is going to be a hell of an episode this year."

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And while you'd think that the fact we saw a still-living John Paul mourning the shock death in the flashforward scenes would mean he's probably safe, James teased that the soap could be trying to trick us.

"That might be a double bluff!" he added. "It could have been the ghost of John Paul you were seeing next to the body bag! Don't put it past Hollyoaks to show a ghost!"

Alright, so he may be joking about the ghosts, but Hollyoaks has definitely thrown a few red herrings into a big soap death before – Nathan Nightingale did show up to his own funeral, after all.

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While we don't know much about the shock victim right now, it seems likely that the death has something to do with the long-running County Lines drug plot that the Channel 4 soap is exploring, and it's a storyline that James has praised as "very clever".

"It works on two levels," he explained. "Firstly, it's a very current and interesting storyline. Greg [Finnegan, who plays James Nightingale] and I wrote something about County Lines last year, so we've both done a lot of research about it ourselves outside of the show.

"It's something that is affecting towns and cities all over the world right now, certainly in the UK. It's a story that Hollyoaks is in a perfect position to tell, with the age of the cast.

"But from a show point of view, it brings in so many different families and characters," he continued.

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"There's so many young characters on the show, so it's fantastic that we're all going to be part of it. It's not a story that only has two families involved – it has most of the show involved. You've got PC Kiss, John Paul, the Nightingale family, Sid and the school, Sally, Nancy, Sienna.

"It's one of those storylines that doesn't come along very often, where you have the opportunity to have huge swathes of cast involved. It's very clever."

Hollyoaks airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing on E4 at 7pm. Wednesdays through Fridays on E4 will feature classic episodes called Hollyoaks Favourites to compensate for the soap suspending filming.

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