Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks has revealed the full details of Maxine Minniver's upcoming special episode.
Maxine (played by Nikki Sanderson) will be taking centre stage in a powerful episode set to air next week, which will highlight several dangerous scenarios women face on a night out.
Titled 'The Long Walk Home', Maxine will find herself trying to get home after being separated from Theresa, Verity and Zoe in Liverpool, and ultimately being violently attacked.
Maxine is left alone when she is thrown out of a club, and her friends don't notice her absence as they mistake someone else for her, thinking she is still with them.
The episode will see Maxine reflect on the night's events and assess if the outcome would have been different if she had made alternative choices.
The attack will have haunting consequences for Maxine as she struggles with telling Minnie the truth about her injuries as well as being the centre of attention on front page news. Plus, when Romeo tries to help her after she drops her shopping, her reaction is severe.
However, Maxine is determined to overcome the attack and decides to organise a meeting in The Dog to speak openly about the experience. The emotional moment causes the village's women to challenge behaviours by some of the men, as well as what they can do to help.
Meanwhile, on the night of Maxine's attack, Diane speaks with Eric, Tom and Beau at the pub, with their differing opinions highlighting the importance of bringing this issue to wider attention in society.
Also, Eric – who is at the centre of a radical misogyny storyline, and has previously attacked Maxine by spiking her drink – criticises her for being out late at night, prompting Lizzie to defend her.
Earlier this year, Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan shared that the episode will be produced and crewed by an all-female team.
Speaking about the episode Lucy added: "That came from the writers' room; someone talked about it being two o'clock in the morning, a guy is walking home and he bumps into a group of girls.
"A girl is walking home and she bumps into a group of guys. What's the difference in those two scenarios? A guy might be worried that somebody is going to laugh at him. A girl is worried that she's going to be raped and murdered.
"When it was put in front of us in such a stark way, it felt really imperative that it was a story we got behind, and got behind with a character that our audiences knows and loves, but also recognises themselves in."
Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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