Hollyoaks' Tom Cunningham falls victim to James Nightingale scam

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Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks' James Nightingale's desperation to pay off a gambling debt he racked up while in prison will see him attempt to scam Tom Cunningham in a cruel twist.

In Friday's (May 20) first-look episode, James found himself once again confronted by Bruce, whose patience with the disgraced lawyer has worn thin.

Bruce gave James a deadline of 4pm to repay the money he owed or he would have him returned to prison. John Paul overheard the conversation and questioned James about how he planned to find money without a job.

Meanwhile, an excited Tom Cunningham was looking for an investment opportunity after landing a £5k windfall, revealing that he was hoping to increase his money and purchase a house for his family.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Increasingly desperate to solve his money issues, James was driven to raid Dee Valley solicitors just as Tom arrived looking to speak to Verity.

Unaware of James' predicament, Tom revealed that he had money to invest. Sensing an opportunity, James then told Tom he had the perfect investment opportunity for him, but he had to act now or miss out.

Later, Ste and Donna-Marie witnessed a heated discussion between James and Bruce, and the pair confronted James. Realising he was after money, Donna-Marie became frustrated however Ste promised to support James, as long as he was honest about his situation.

James then revealed that he owed debt he accumulated after gambling in prison and faced being put back behind bars if he couldn't pay up today.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Bruce was then confronted by a determined Ste who, despite being ridiculed by the prison guard, threatened him to leave the village and James for good, claiming to be close to The Undertaker.

A relieved Ste went to tell James the good news who revealed he was wanting to turn over a new leaf and be honest. However, unbeknown to Ste, James had kept the pressure on Tom to send him the money.

Tom offered to transfer the money, but if Bruce is gone, what will James use the money for?

Hollyoaks now 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 Amazon Prime Video.

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