Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard speaks out on Tony's "harrowing" Christmas scenes

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Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard has been opening up about his character Tony Hutchinson's "harrowing" Christmas storyline.

As regular viewers will know, Tony has been caught up in his father Edward's twisted attempts to sabotage his marriage to Diane (Alex Fletcher) and manipulating him into believing he is a danger to his family.

Edward (Joe McGann) has already fooled Tony into believing he had a brain tumour and drugged him with testosterone as part of his disturbing scheming.

But there's more to come over Christmas, as father tells son that Diane is dead, after he attacked her and framed Tony for the crime.

"The moment that Tony gets told Diane is dead is really harrowing," Nick told Inside Soap. "He thinks the love of his life is gone!

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"If I'm honest, they weren't my favourite scenes to film, as they were so heavy and dramatic. But it's really great to be involved in the Christmas episodes this year."

Nick added that he found himself in disbelief that Tony wouldn't have considered the possibility that he's being framed by his dad.

"It was that typical soap thing where Tony was found crouched over Diane's body with the weapon!" he said.

"Darren found him there, and Tony was drunk, so he couldn't actually remember what or what was said.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"Sometimes when you're filming these scenes, you think, 'How can you not realise what your father is up to?' Edward is a real baddie, isn't he?"

Hollyoaks viewers will have to wait and see if Diane really is dead, or if it's another of Edward's bleak lies as he continues to manipulate his son.

And that's not all – the dastardly doctor is planning to poison Tony, too, according to spoilers for the soap's upcoming episodes.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

But Nick is hopeful that Edward's evil plan won't succeed – especially given how viewers reacted to his brush with death during his showdown with serial killer Breda.

"The viewers went bananas when they thought Breda had killed Tony. And from the comments I've seen online, people are saying that they can't stand Edward and what he's doing to Tony," he said.

"After 25 years in the show, it's nice that people still care about what happens to him."

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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