HOLLYOAKS is launching a major new issues-based storyline about drug dealing.

The Channel 4 soap will air a special flashforward episode at the end of the year featuring scenes showing the devastation of drug dealing in smaller towns and villages.

 Romeo will be at the centre of the storyline over the coming year

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Romeo will be at the centre of the storyline over the coming year

County Lines is when gangs from major cities target young people and vulnerable adults to sell their drugs.

After the success of tackling far right extremism in the Channel 4 soap, boss Bryan Kirkwood has spoken about the new plot which will see some of the village’s favourite characters in devastating situations.

There will be scenes shown from New Years’ Eve next year – more than 12 months away.

Bryan told Digital Spy: “In 2020, we want to explore what happens when the Hollyoaks community – and the school in particular – comes under threat from County Lines drug dealers.

 The storyline will affect the whole village

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The storyline will affect the whole village
 Bryan Kirkwood spoke about the storyline

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Bryan Kirkwood spoke about the storylineCredit: Lime

“We kick it off in quite an ambitious way in our New Year special, which is an hour-long episode. It shows three different New Year parties.

“You’ll see the mums, as Nancy is throwing a party. The older teens – Romeo, Tom, Peri, and Yazz – are having a party of their own. You’ll see the younger teens like Charlie, Ella and Leah too.

“Across each of the parties, we flash forward to New Year’s Eve next year to see some of our best-loved characters in really dramatic and surprising situations, a whole 12 months in advance.

He added: “We’re really excited about that. It’s terrifying, as we’ll need to make sure we’ve got all of the cast in the right place in 12 months’ time! One of the most traumatising things is anybody changing their hair!

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“But what it gives us is a really hard-hitting look at the future.”

* Hollyoaks airs weeknights on Channel 4 at 6.30pm with a first look episode following at 7pm on E4


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