Hollyoaks: A “real jury” will decide if Gilly’s guilty of rape or not!

As viewers will surely know, Gilly Roach is to be charged with raping Jacqui McQueen, and the show’s bosses have revealed that when his case goes to trial, it’ll be heard by a real-life jury!

Hollyoaks execs will recruit 12 men and women from members of the public to hear the case and decide the outcome.

The alleged rape takes place in coming episodes, and when Jacqui makes the allegation, Gilly will deny it and claim instead that although they had sex, it was consensual.

The PA states, “Members of the show’s jury will review evidence with video clips and documents before coming to a verdict, rather than watching courtroom deliberations.

“They will not however appear on screen.”

The show’s bosses are looking for “a broad selection” of people between the ages of 18 and 70.

In other news, show newcomer Peter Mitchell – who’s to play the role of Pete Hamill, headmaster of Hollyoaks High – has been telling Digital Spy that he was warmly welcomed by his co-stars.

He said of joining the cast, “I didn’t know what to expect – I’d only done Cast Offs before, which was six weeks, and I also did one episode of Doctors, which was two days.

“So this is my first full-time acting job. Straight away, everyone was just so friendly.

“We do have a big cast here – there’s about 70 of us, but we are just like one big family. The atmosphere is just unbelievable and it’s an amazing place to work.

“Everyone is so nice, so helpful and I honestly can’t praise my fellow cast members enough.

“I’m pinching myself – it’s Hollyoaks, everyone’s so nice and I’m living in Liverpool – it’s perfect!

“Honestly, I just couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else now – it’s a dream come true and it’s even better than what I thought it was going to be.”

More ‘Oaks news soon!

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