Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) has discovered himself extra trapped than ever in Hollyoaks. Now that he has had his eyes opened to the truth that he has been groomed and radicalised by racist, far proper extremists Stuart (Chris Simmons) and Jonny (ay Quinn), he desires out.
And whereas Stuart is not about to let him simply stroll away, present boss Bryan Kirkwood solely informed Metro.co.uk that Ste will come out of the opposite aspect. He admitted that he did really feel that he didn’t assume viewers would have the urge for food to look at the story for one more 12 months however added that Ste wouldn’t all of the sudden be accepted again into the neighborhood with out consequence.
He defined to us: ‘The subsequent chapter isn’t going to be so long as the one we’ve watched already. The de-radicalisation course of is difficult; Ste shall be making contact with Prevent in forthcoming episodes and there are two additional chapters of the story earlier than we contemplate it over.
‘Kieron has his break to go and do Band Of Gold on stage which is a totally completely different mindzone to get into. But we expect that this sort of story can have the shelf lifetime of a couple of 12 months and that implies that come November time, we needs to be reaching the tip of it.’
One factor that the tip of the story will imply is an exit for Jonny however Bryan has no regrets about taking over an actor of Ray’s calibre for what was solely ever going to be a brief time period however impactful storyline.
When we requested if he would have most well-liked to maintain Ray round for a very long time or if he is proud of the function he was solid in, Bryan smiled: ‘Both! He is gobsmackingly good. He’s so charming and candy in actual life and he has grown up on tv units and X Factor inexperienced rooms – he has obtained no life expertise akin to what he is acting on display. Yet, he is so compelling, fierce and horrible, I simply assume he is extraordinary.
‘So it’s a bittersweet factor – I might have beloved to have had Ray Quinn for the subsequent 10 years. But equally to have him for one 12 months like this has been a very good factor. That scene the place he mentioned to Misbah, “I don’t want your Muslim hands on me” – that is the head of the story. This goes again to Nigel from Small Steps who has been advising us – that was a picture he gave us in our first assembly. Some individuals are to date gone into that hatred that they’d quite die and make themselves a martyr quite than be healed by somebody of the Islamic religion. We thought that it is disgusting and terrible – however how will we get to that time within the story?’
He added: ‘I’m positive Kieron gained’t thoughts me saying this – he was actually nervous about being the poster boy for this darkish story. He did ask that he might need a co-star who may go on morning tv sofas with him and share the load. That was understanable, an affordable request. Getting X Factor’s Ray Quinn in actually solved that!’
And it’s clear that it has had an enormous resonance with viewers – with somebody working for Small Steps confirming at a convention that the charity had been contacted by a 16-year-old in Ste’s place who needed to interrupt free after watching Hollyoaks.
Bryan enthused: ‘It’s unimaginable and it’s why this job for all of us on the workforce by no means will get tiring. There is all the time a problem like this story and a pay-off like that woman from Small Steps mentioned. They have had three cellphone calls from folks within the final week who’ve watched Hollyoaks. Sometimes you will get misplaced within the statistics – folks discuss elevating consciousness a lot now that typically even I roll my very own eyes at what a trope that has turn out to be from folks in my place.
‘But the truth that that 16-year-old child was on that darkish journey and was able to performing some horrible stuff however then determined to then name for assist due to Hollyoaks – that’s factor.’