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Hollyoaks has agreed to axe its controversial child killer storyline just days before it was due to be aired.
As you already may be aware, last month, Denise Fergus, the mother of murdered child James Bulger, expressed her outrage at the Chester based soap’s decision to embark on a storyline that she believed to be based on her son’s death.
In scenes that were scheduled for transmission this week, Loretta Jones’s (Melissa Walton) past was to return to haunt her in the form of her old friend Chrissy (Amber Hodgkiss). It would soon be revealed that the pair had been living under false names since they bullied a 12-year-old to death when they were the same age.
However, due to the nature of the 42-year-old mother’s complaint, Lime Pictures has agreed to drop and re-mould the storyline. They’ve also invited Fergus to work with the show to shape future plots affecting young people.
Speaking to Click Liverpool, Fergus said: "It was constructive meeting and I accept what they told me – that there was never any intention on the part of Hollyoaks to copy or mirror events surrounding James’s death.”
A Lime Pictures spokesman said: "Hollyoaks has a very good track record of tackling difficult subject matter for a younger audience and the producers take seriously their duty to deal with sensitive issues in an appropriate way.
Well, I must say, that I’m really glad that the producers of Hollyoaks have taken Denise Fergus’ point of view into consideration by agreeing to drop and re-mould the storyline. It was the best thing that they could have done and shows that they do indeed take very seriously their duty to deal with sensitive issues in an appropriate way.
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