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Hollyoaks resumes filming as bosses confirm show will go off air for two months

Hollyoaks will air its final episode next week before the show takes a two-month break from our screens.

Bosses have confirmed that the Channel 4 soap will broadcast its latest new episode on Tuesday, July 21 and will not return to our screens until September.

A first look trailer is set to air straight after the final episode next Tuesday, teasing what fans can expect this autumn in the build up to the show’s 25th anniversary.

It has been confirmed that when Hollyoaks returns later this year it will air four epsiodes a week.

Hollyoaks announced the show schedule shake-up the day filming resumed after the programme was forced to suspend production for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hollyoaks stars including Imran Adams returned to work on Monday after four months away from set

Stars including Imran Adams, who plays Mitchell Deveraux in the show, and Tony Hutchinson actor Nick Pallard returned to the set in Liverpool today, with temperature checks and social distancing measures in place.

During Tuesday’s This Morning, actor Imran also spoke about the soap’s return to filming, saying: “We’ve got our one way system, reminding us to keep apart, and no physical touching.

“So it’ll be interesting how Scott and Mitchell will find other ways to show their affection for each other, but it feels good to give fans some more Hollyoaks.”

Hollyoaks is currently airing two episodes a week, in a bid to ration shows that had been pre-filmed before the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has been re-airing classic episodes to fill gaps in the telly schedule.

Hollyoaks will air its final episode next week before the show takes a two-month break
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The soap suspended filming in March due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic with other soaps such as Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders quickly following suit.

Hollyoaks has been hit by controversy in recent weeks after actress Rachel Adedeji’s accusations of behind-the-scenes racism and claims that co-star Lysette Anthony is “actual trash” for allegedly deeming co-stars who defended her “traitors”.

Earlier this month, Lysette, who plays Marnie Nightingale, quit Twitter after facing backlash amid the show’s racism allegations.

Former X Factor contestant Rachel accused the show of behind-the-scenes racism after criticising their response to the Black Lives Matter movement, leading soap bosses to apologise and announce a plan to “stamp out discrimination”.

Stephanie Davis announced she was leaving Hollyoaks last month

Also, Stephanie Davis revealed during lockdown that she had quit her role as Sinead O’Connor after playing the character for over 10 years.

Actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer, best known for playing Prince McQueen, also faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park in Failsworth.

Bosses are now reportedly having a “string of meetings” as there is a “real divide” between the cast.

Malique Thompson-Dwyer faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park in Failsworth during coronavirus lockdown

A source told The Sun: “They’re having a string of meetings as it’s one thing after another.

“The cast is at war, there is a lot of tension over Lysette’s recent comments.

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“Some cast have threatened to quit if something isn’t done about it.

“And with Stephanie and Rachel quitting bosses are worried others will follow them out of the door.

“It’s utter chaos – every week it’s some new issue.”

Hollyoaks declined to comment when contacted by Daily Star Online.

Hollyoaks continues on Channel 4 tonight at 6:30pm following by a first look episode at 7pm on E4

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