Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. It’s been a tumultuous time for the McQueens. Poor Myra has to come to terms with the death of one child (Tina) caused by another (Niall). Will she be able to rebuild her life? Well, this is soapland and the characters tend to have remarkable fortitude.
Take Corrie’s Michelle Connor, for example. She lost her brother Paul and appeared to grieve for him for about….seven episodes. Now she’s lost her brother Liam. In between all of that, she’s had to cope with the fact that her real son was swapped at birth and she’s been raising somebody else’s child as her own. All that and barely a nervous breakdown.
Back to Hollyoaks now and the McQueen clan are about to go through another upheaval. Their lives will be turned upside down once again with the arrival of a new McQueen. Claire Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen, has revealed that a new female relative will appear in the Chester-based soap next month and that she will cause even more strife for the family.
The actress said: "There’s going to be more chaos for Jacqui, it’s not going to be smooth-running unfortunately. There’s going to be a new McQueen joining the show and it causes a few problems – especially for Jacqui. There’s some fantastic Christmas stuff that we’re filming at the moment. I can’t say anything about it yet but it’s going to be really exciting."
The expansion of soap families is a writing staple of the genre. Take EastEnders’ Mitchells for example. We first met bruvvers Phil and Grant. And then Sam. And then Peggy (played by a different actress before Barbara Windsor took on the role in 1994) and so on and so on right on to today’s current situation with the charisma-free Mitchell sisters and their creepy dad Archie. Looking forward to seeing this new Hollyoaks McQueen character – I wonder who she’ll be played by?
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