Hollyoaks star Gregory Finnegan warns "no-one is safe" after show's death teaser

Rianne Houghton

From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks is (very) slowly but surely building up to its New Year's Eve reveal following last year's flashforward episode, and now one of its stars has warned that "no-one is safe" from the village's grim reaper.

Gregory Finnegan, who plays James Nightingale on the Channel 4 soap, has been sharing his thoughts on the impending plot, admitting that "everyone in the village" will be affected by the mystery death.

When asked if any of the Nightingales could be in danger, Gregory conceded "of course" they could, but failed to give anything more away.

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"Everyone in the village will be touched by this story – no-one is safe this year," he explained. "I've heard a fair amount of debate on who is in the body bag, but it's top secret.

"Hopefully we'll be able to keep it that way till New Year's Eve..."

During the chat, Gregory also discussed the Juliet Quinn drugs runner plot, and admitted that James could "possibly" be conflicted between protecting Juliet and upholding justice.

"Ultimately his moral compass is quite strong, despite previous indiscretions," he added. "He was willing to hand himself in for Mercedes' shooting recently, so I suspect he'd probably try and do the right, legal thing."

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It's all part of the soap's County Lines drug plot, with Gregory adding that it's "fantastic" that Hollyoaks is taking on this topic.

"It's a big issue facing the youth of today, particularly some of the most disenfranchised, and Hollyoaks is always at the forefront of those types of stories," he reflected.

"I'm proud of the show for taking the time to understand it and put it front and centre. We have some super talented young actors in the show and I knew they would do a brilliant job bringing the story to life, and they are," he concluded.

Earlier this year, Hollyoaks aired its New Year flashforward episode, in which viewers caught a glimpse of a body bag and crime scene outside The Hutch.

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The sombre footage from December 31, 2020 was also accompanied by an inconsolable John Paul next to the body bag, while Darren was seen sobbing inside the restaurant's kitchen.

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Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Hollyoaks Favourites airs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm on E4.

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