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Hollyoaks boss reveals Christmas episode left him 'in tears'

Bryan Kirkwood teased three 'massive bombshells'

Boss of Hollyoaks, Bryan Kirkwood was "bawling" over the upcoming Christmas episode.

The Channel 4 soap's head honcho has opened up about the highly anticipated festive edition set on December 25, and he teased "three absolutely massive bombshells" on the way.

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Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, he said: "I've just watched the rough cut of our Christmas episode, and I was bawling!

"What I really love about Hollyoaks at the moment is that it's so full of love - although we have three absolutely massive bombshells that blow up on Christmas Day which have profound consequences for all the characters involved.

"It's funny, devastating and it definitely makes you gasp."

John Paul is back - alone (Credit: Lime Pictures)

Bryan refused to be drawn into revealing exactly what these huge developments will involve, but he did hint at some "big, exciting" returns set for the 25th anniversary in 2020, including John Paul McQueen (James Sutton).

However, the show's chief admitted Craig Dean won't be reprising his role as Guy Burnet, meaning John Paul will be making a comeback as a single man.

It's funny, devastating and it definitely makes you gasp.

Bryan's comments come after Gregory Finnegan has hinted his alter ego James Nightingale will have a "pretty dark" Christmas on the soap.

James is involved with a scary looking Liam over the festive season (Credit: Lime Pictures)

The 39-year-old actor suggested his character will be struggling over the festive season.

He is trying to come to terms with the death of his on-screen boyfriend Harry Thompson after serial killer Breda McQueen (Moya Brady) stabbed Parry Glasspool's character.

Harry was murdered by Breda (Credit: Lime Pictures)

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He recently said: "Romeo and Juliet are really looking forward to a proper family Christmas but it's not gonna go quite to plan.

"Certainly for James, he gets embroiled in some pretty dark goings on and makes a bit of an exit.

"It's not gonna be the family Christmas they're hoping for but it never is - hopefully there's some cheer on the way."

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