Hollyoaks Later RETURNS! Late-night special to air in January bringing an 'explosive' plot to a climax featuring the soap's 'biggest characters'

Hollyoaks Later - the post-watershed version of the long-running Channel 4 soap - will return for a one-off special in January.

The soap's boss, Bryan Kirkwood, told The Sun: 'We are in January seeing the return of one episode of Hollyoaks Later which will play at 10pm on E4.

'We're delighted that the channel wants to dip it's toe back into Hollyoaks Later and it will see the climax of one of our biggest, most explosive long term stories. Our biggest characters are right in the middle of what happens in that hour.'

Return: Hollyoaks Later will return for a one-off special in January and feature Warren Fox - played by Jamie Lomas - come back to battle his ex for their children

Return: Hollyoaks Later will return for a one-off special in January and feature Warren Fox - played by Jamie Lomas - come back to battle his ex for their children

Hollyoaks Later originally ran sporadically from November 2008 until November 2013, and dealt with darker, more adult themes and issues in a grittier way.

There were six seasons of the late-night episodes, which typically aired every evening for a week, and were tied into the plots from the episodes aired earlier in the day.

Topics explored included a murder, homelessness, kidnapping and adultery.

Before branching into full seasons, Hollyoaks aired a one-off late-night episode centering on the rape of Luke Morgan, played by Gary Lucy.

Unraveling: It's reported that the dark plot surrounding Breda McQueen [Moya Brady] will be tied up, with the character spending the last year getting away with murdering 'bad fathers'

Unraveling: It's reported that the dark plot surrounding Breda McQueen [Moya Brady] will be tied up, with the character spending the last year getting away with murdering 'bad fathers'

Groundbreaking: Before branching into full seasons, Hollyoaks aired a one-off late-night episode centering on the rape of Luke Morgan, played by Gary Lucy

Groundbreaking: Before branching into full seasons, Hollyoaks aired a one-off late-night episode centering on the rape of Luke Morgan, played by Gary Lucy

This was the first time the soap tackled on-screen nudity and explicit homophobic language.

Aired in 2000, Hollyoaks creator Phil Redmond said at the time: 'Again we've picked up the stone and said, "look what's underneath". This is what I wanted to do as a storyteller.

'The late night episode of Hollyoaks allows us to go a bit further than we can at 6.30.' 

The new episode is said to centre around the return of character Warren Fox - played by Jamie Lomas.

It's thought that Warren will come back to battle ex Sienna Blake [Anna Passey] for their children.

Soap debut: Danny Dyer appeared in the late-night version of the soap before he joined EastEnders

Soap debut: Danny Dyer appeared in the late-night version of the soap before he joined EastEnders

Soap queen: In the past, Hollyoaks Later has featured guests stars such as Kym Marsh and Claire King [pictured]

Soap queen: In the past, Hollyoaks Later has featured guests stars such as Kym Marsh and Claire King [pictured]

It's also reported that the dark plot surrounding Breda McQueen [Moya Brady] will be tied up, with the character spending the last year getting away with murdering 'bad fathers' in the village. 

Show boss Kirkwood told Digital Spy: 'Breda has a good few months left. She begins to unravel very soon, as those nearest to her – Sylver and Goldie – start to spot discrepancies in where she's been and what she's doing.

'That story will be huge in January and peak in a 10PM special, as Hollyoaks Later is returning for a one-off episode. It'll be a great start to the New Year.' 

In the past, Hollyoaks Later has featured guests stars such as Danny Dyer, Kym Marsh and Claire King.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights on Channel 4 at 6.30pm with a first look episode following at 7pm on E4. 

Hollyoaks Later RETURNS! Late-night special to air in January

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