The E4 series, currently in pre - production, is due to transmit in autumn 2013 with five hour-long episodes that will transmit on consecutive nights across one week in a post-watershed timeslot.
The special late night episodes will take viewers on an epic ride of Hangover style proportions with some well-loved faces from the past returning to the show. This year’s Hollyoaks Later storylines will feature Tony Hutchinson facing up to his demons as he battles against cancer, bringing together Tony’s old friends Kurt Benson (played by Jeremy Edwards) Finn (played by James Redmond) and brother Dom (played by John Pickard) alongside a host of unexpected and unhinged characters throughout Spanish and Moroccan locations.
Alongside Tony’s storyline, Hollyoaks Later will also feature a chilling storyline involving Esther and Tilly as they celebrate an 18th birthday in a spooky location and Theresa joins up with a new recruit of the McQueen clan on a wild road trip.
Jane Steventon will again work with Lime Pictures as the show’s Producer and the series will be Executive Produced by Hollyoaks Executive Producer and Lime Picture’s Head of Continuing Drama Bryan Kirkwood.
Bryan Kirkwood comments, ''We are very happy to announce the commissioning of series six of Hollyoaks Later. It is a returning series that gives an annual late night treat to loyal Hollyoaks fans''.
Lee Mason, Channel 4 Editor, Hollyoaks, said, ''We’re thrilled to be bringing back Hollyoaks Later for a sixth series and with it some of our best loved Hollyoaks faces. Tony’s cancer battle is an important story for us to tell and we’re so excited to be able to explore it further within the high octane, highly emotional and sometimes shocking world of Hollyoaks Later''.
Of course the question on everyone's lips will be whether in true Hollyoaks Later style someone is set to meet a grisly end. Each series of the late-night soap spin-off has seen at least one character meet their maker with former series regulars Sarah Barnes (Loui Bately) and Rae Wilson (Alice Barlow) amongst those to have been killed off on the spin-off show.
Hollyoaks Later will air on E4 in Autumn time.