Hollyoaks: Gilly’s rape trial won’t be “sensationalized”

Plus Jamie Lomas thanks fans for baby Polly well wishes


Hollyoaks commissioning editor, Roberto Troni, has insisted that the upcoming trial by mock jury in Gilly Roach’s rape case won’t be “sensationalized.”

Troni made his remarks to the Guardian, saying, “We wouldn’t have wanted to do it if it felt sensationalised or engendered a response that was negative.

“It could have been done in a way that felt tacky or like a personality contest. But for us it’s about debating the issues.

“It’s about two people having very different opinions about what happened in a room.”

Gilly of course claims that though he and Jacqui McQueen did have sex, it was consensual, while Jacqui claims Gilly raped her.

Troni also revealed that the Hollyoaks team had consulted criminal barrister Paul Dockery about the storyline, and the effects on any victims of rape who were in a similar real life situation if a ‘not guilty’ verdict was reached.

He said, “The feeling, to an extent, was that if they found Gilly not guilty, then to some extent that’s reflective of what happens in the real world.”

In other news, Jamie Lomas – who plays villain Warren Fox – has thanked friends and fans for their messages and well wishes since his fiancé Kym Marsh gave birth to the couple’s baby girl who they’ve named Polly.

Taking to his Twitter page, Jamie said, “I just want to say, I am overwhelmed by your kind, thoughtful, beautiful messages of support, it means so so much, thank you guys.”

He added that newborn Polly is an “absolute belter” and that she’s doing well.

More ‘Oaks news soon!

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