Allan, who previously ran Hollyoaks for a one-year stint in 2009, will be taking the top job from January 2021 after Bryan Kirkwood stands down as executive producer.
Allan's storylines won't be hitting the screens until the middle of next year, but we thought it'd be fun to make some early predictions on what could be ahead, based on the new boss's track record.
1. Big stories for the old favourites
Hollyoaks has a higher cast turnover than the other soaps, so there are only a handful of characters still in the show who were present when Allan was last in charge.
Allan's 2009 stint featured the characters of Tony, Cindy, Jack, Darren, Tom, Nancy, Ste, Warren, Mercedes, Charlie, Nana McQueen and Theresa. The rest of the current cast were introduced after Allan left, except for old-school favourites like Kurt, Luke and Mandy, who've been brought back for new stints.
While we're sure there'll be no favouritism, it's often easier for a soap boss to tell stories with characters that they know well. With this in mind, it'd be a surprise if the old favourites didn't keep a fair share of the storylines with Allan in charge – and let's face it, the fans wouldn't have it any other way.
2. Strong storylines for the teen characters
Under Allan's leadership, Hollyoaks in 2009 was more teen-focused than other eras of the show. Since leaving the soap world, she has produced youth-focused dramas like Waterloo Road and has enjoyed a successful period working as BBC Children's In House Genre Lead for Drama Productions.
Her current slate of programmes includes The Worst Witch, Hetty Feather, The Dumping Ground and Get Even. The Dumping Ground, in particular, is recognised for tackling real-life social issues facing young people.
While this doesn't necessarily mean that Hollyoaks will become dominated by teen plots, it's worth noting that Allan has this strong track record when it comes to telling stories for a youth audience.
We'd expect to see popular younger characters like Juliet, Ollie, Brooke and Sid – and the next generation of Charlie, Ella, Leah and Lucas – getting a strong slice of the action with the new producer in charge. (If they all manage to stay out of that body bag, of course.)
3. Keeping the family focus
The teen focus in 2009 was divisive at the time and led to criticism from Hollyoaks' fanbase. Since Allan's return to Hollyoaks was announced, some fans have nervously expressed concern that the focus of the show could change again – but we think this could be premature.
When Digital Spy asked Allan about the "too many teen plots" criticism in an interview at the end of 2009, she acknowledged the feedback with refreshing honesty and made it clear that she took fans' views on board.
Speaking at the time, Allan explained: "If we're being completely honest, Hollyoaks Later took away a substantial number of my cast, so they were unavailable to me for three months. So for three months, I had to play with what I had.
"I do care about the teen stories and I do invest in them. I do recognise that it hasn't always been a success in terms of viewers, though – I absolutely take that on board.
"I think you'll find that there's much more of a mix driving forward. I'm categorically not saying that I won't play teen stories – because Hollyoaks is the show for those stories – but if I've learned one thing from this year, it's that the stories with the older characters have a very big place in the show, too."
When Bryan Kirkwood's second era in charge of Hollyoaks began in 2012, the show was revamped with a much stronger focus on families and a broader spectrum of characters. The older characters were also introduced to the opening titles for the first time.
Hollyoaks' ratings have remained strong over the past eight years and the show has enjoyed a period of stability, so we reckon it's unlikely that Allan will be wanting to radically change the soap's vision upon her return.
4. Thinking outside the box
Allan perhaps doesn't get enough credit for some of the innovative moves that she made during her original stint in charge of Hollyoaks. One of her most successful decisions was masterminding the memorable flashforward episode at the end of 2009, which took viewers six months into the future to the day of Calvin Valentine's murder and launched a huge whodunit storyline.
The show also messed with time (and our minds) by airing its first ever non-linear week in September 2009, when three major story strands were told out of chronological order.
These storylines have perhaps paved the way for other time twisters over the years, such as the 'cards of fate' flashforward scenes in 2018 and the much-talked-about New Year episode from December 2019 which took viewers a year into the future.
Could Allan have more time jumps and innovative storytelling planned upon her return? Our money's on yes.
5. Keeping the issue-based storylines
Big issue-based storylines are part of the Hollyoaks DNA and have brought in dozens of awards for the show during the Kirkwood era. Once again, this successful approach seems unlikely to change when the new producer takes charge.
Allan oversaw some bold and hard-hitting storylines during her original stint, such as Anita Roy's racism plot and Barry 'Newt' Newton's schizophrenia, and is sure to have more up her sleeve in 2021.
When a soap boss returns for another stint, the temptation is always high to delve into the past and bring back some old characters – especially ones they created themselves.
One of Allan's best moves was bringing Bronagh Waugh's character Cheryl Brady into the main show in 2009, after she'd featured in Hollyoaks Later the year before.
We haven't seen Bronagh in the show since 2013, but she clearly hasn't forgotten her roots as she recorded some intros for Hollyoaks Favourites earlier this year. Could Allan manage to lure her back, even for a guest stint? Or could another high-profile star from her era make a comeback?
7. A focus on diversity
Hollyoaks' production company Lime Pictures recently introduced an inclusivity action plan in response to reports of racism on set.
This included a commitment to improve representation and the authenticity of storytelling, as well as creating more opportunities for diverse creatives behind the scenes.
Although this is already being addressed, it is likely to be an ongoing priority for Allan and her team as the show heads into 2021 and beyond.
The show's diversity action plan, released internally in August, stated: "Greater authenticity will flow automatically from increased inclusivity.
"We are working with Channel 4 to ensure that our Hollyoaks Directors Scheme continues to provide meaningful entry level opportunities for first time continuing drama directors, especially for women and people of colour.
"In addition to our continued support for the Hollyoaks Northern Writers Scheme, we are reviewing our opportunities for new and upcoming writing talent to create an additional scheme specifically supporting writers of colour looking for experience in continuing drama."
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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