we got a tiny bit excited when we recieved this news in our inbox from the lovely people at Lime Pictures! Hollyoaks teenager Bart McQueen (Jonny Clarke) surprised fans at a Wretch 32 gig when he got on stage during the private performance! But don't worry, it's all part of a special scene for the episode which is set to air on C4 on Friday at 6:30pm. Here's more:
''Tonight in London, TV history was made when C4’s flagship youth drama Hollyoaks invaded chart-topping urban music act Wretch 32’s private gig. On-lookers were stunned when one of Hollyoaks’ most loved characters Bart McQueen (played by Jonny Clarke) stormed the stage and interrupted the music event as part of a special story-line that will be screened in C4’s episode of the show on Friday 11th November at 6.30pm.
Over the summer, viewers have watched Bart’s romance with school sweet heart Sinead O’Connor (played by Stephanie Davis) blossom and then collapse when Bart was caught kissing ex lover and transgender character Jason Costello (played by Victoria Atkin). Bart has desperately tried to win back Sinead’s affections ever since, but like most teenage boys he’s just never quite been able to communicate his true feelings. But the clock was ticking and time was running out. Sinead was set to leave Hollyoaks with new love Gaz (played by Joel Goonan) as they both landed jobs selling merchandise for Wretch 32 and were heading off on tour with him. Bart arrived at last night’s gig which was hosted in Pulse at Bankside Vaults in London (Tuesday 8th November) and he knew this was it. Make the ultimate romantic gesture or lose Sinead for good. So Bart stormed the stage and despite initially being stopped by Wretch 32’s security force, he managed to catch Wretch 32’s attention and persuade the musician that he needed his help… Bart got his chance in the spotlight and finally told Sinead how he really felt before starting a rendition of Wretch 32’s number one single Don’t Go. But that was a step too far for Wretch who interrupted the lovesick teenager before performing the track himself to an excited crowd.
Viewers will have to tune into Friday’s episode of Hollyoaks to find out if Sinead was impressed by the stunt or if she’ll head off into the sunset with Hollyoaks bad boy Gaz.
The live stunt which saw Hollyoaks’ Liverpool based production team set up camp in London for one week is the first multiplatform event from new series producer Emma Smithwick who promises to deliver more interactive and engaging programming for Hollyoaks’ youth audience. “Hollyoaks is one of the most exciting and contemporary youth dramas currently on British screens and we want to continue to set trends, break boundaries and engage with our audience. Invading a live music gig was such an exciting prospect because it not only allowed us to associate Hollyoaks with a cool of-the-moment music act like Wretch 32, but also allowed us to deliver a story in real time and interact and engage with the audience. Members of the public who secured free tickets to tonight’s gig via C4 online and on air platforms, not only got to witness the programme being filmed, but they’ll feature in the episode and some lucky viewers even helped us to make it and they’ll be credited for their filming!”
Five lucky fans were also given the chance to film the stunt on Nikon cameras. Their footage could be used in the show, giving them a TV credit.
Viewers will only be able to watch Wretch 32 in Hollyoaks on Friday 11th November on C4 at 6.30pm because Thursday’s First Look on E4 will be replaced by another Hollyoaks special. Hollyoaks: A Little Film About Love is a two hander episode starring Jonny Clarke (Bart McQueen) and Victoria Atkin (Jason Costello) that will replace the First Look episode.