Hollyoaks is lining up a special flashback episode which will explore the tortured teenage years of James Nightingale – and the way in which Mac treated him. Viewers recently discovered that the monstrous dad was so homophobic and abusive that he pressured his son to have sex with a prostitute on his 16th birthday.
With James having hit rock bottom after being framed for the murder of Kyle Kelly – who is actually still alive – he desperately peruses a noticeboard he has created which lists all of the people out there he thinks might want revenge on him.
Drunk and in a state, he heads out for more wine and arrives back to find the words Killer Freak painted on his door. The situation leads him to take a trip back to his younger self where viewers see a teenage James win his first role at a law firm.
Mac is seen putting pressure on James to save the family business – which needs £100k – and so James, desperate to please his dad, decides to filter money from the company he has started work for.
When a disgusted Mac discovers that James is gay, he goes behind Marnies back and arranges for a prostitute to take his sons virginity and viewers will see the full impact of Macs horrendous behaviour on James and how it has shaped him into the man he is today.
The flashback gives James an epiphany and he is filled with fresh determination to clear his name – and he searches Sami Maaliks office for evidence that he has set him up.
As a resulting turn of events leads to Sami packing his bags after discovering that Ellie is pregnant, will James crack the case and expose the truth about what he has been put through?
And will he ever forgive Kyle for his role in it?
One to watch: Friday 29th June at 7pm on E4.