Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks is giving us all an early Christmas present for 2020 (and boy do we need it).
Channel 4 has announced that Hollyoaks' Christmas and New Year episodes will be released early as a boxset on All 4, with four of this year's special festive episodes (including two hour-long specials) available to binge now ahead of their TV transmissions.
Among the episodes included in the All 4 box set is the culmination of the soap's massive year-long County Lines drug storyline, with viewers finally getting answers about last year's flashforward scenes, which revealed that one resident of Hollyoaks village would be leaving the soap in a body bag.
The four episodes to be included in the special box set, including official synopses, are as follows...
Episode 5493/94, first airing on E4 on December 22
It's Christmas day in Hollyoaks, and in this special hour-long episode, the walls are closing in on evil Edward, but he won't go down without a fight, as he serves up some far-from-festive mince pies.
Elsewhere, Sienna and Warren's affair is outed, but can she talk her way out of it, and Luke takes drastic action to get through to Ollie. This tense Christmas special sees secrets being revealed, mistakes being made, and death looming...
Episode 5495, first airing on E4 on December 23
Starting with a haunting flashback of Nancy's optimistic speech given at last year's NYE party, we see that present day tells a different story. Victor gives his final orders to Charlie, Ella and Juliet ahead of tonight’s celebrations, Leela returns, and makes a shocking confession to Peri, John Paul spots a dodgy drug deal, and Tom and Yazz prepare for their midnight wedding.
Episode 5496/97, first airing on E4 on December 28
It's the hour-long special flashforward episode set on New Year's Eve. Tom is Groom-zilla as he dishes out demands to Mandy and Nancy arranging his big day, but the mums' soon become distracted when they hear that their children are in danger.
Elsewhere, Juliet is on a mission to protect her loved ones after a threat from Victor puts their lives in jeopardy. Peri finally opens up about her feelings for Juliet, and the children involved in the County Lines run all find themselves at deadly risk, but who is in the body bag...
Episode 5498, first airing on E4 on December 29
The concluding flashforward episode sees the parents of the village reeling from shock after the recent revelations. John Paul makes a heart-breaking discovery, and Darren can’t contain his emotions when The Hutch becomes a crime scene. Meanwhile, Ollie’s actions threaten to tear Cindy and Luke apart.
Previous spoilers have shown that John Paul will be left grief-stricken when he arrives at The Hutch and sees PC George Kiss's ID badge next to a body bag – but is all as it seems?
Hollyoaks airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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