Hollyoaks star Nadine Mulkerrin addresses soap's major September change

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Hollyoaks star Nadine Mulkerrin has addressed major changes coming to the soap.

It was recently announced that Hollyoaks would be reduced from five episodes per week to just three beginning in September, as a way to overhaul Channel 4's strategy for the show.

Producers have confirmed there will be a one-year time jump from the autumn to account for the job losses that are expected as part of the scheduling cuts.

Nadine Mulkerrin, who recently returned to Hollyoaks as Cleo McQueen, spoke to Digital Spy about Hollyoaks' changes on the horizon.

"We have to embrace change and how our young audience engage with the show. But it’s very sad to see our lime family be reduced," she said.

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On a more positive note, Nadine has been thrilled to be working with soap icon Rita Simons ever since she arrived on screen as Joel Dexter and Abe Fielding's long-lost mum Marie Fielding.

"It's been amazing – she is such a legend. Not only is she such a soap legend, but she is just so brilliant to work with, she is hilarious," Nadine told us.

"I don’t know what happens when we're on set together, but we’ve turned into like little giggling schoolgirls, and she’s corrupted me because I was always the sensible goody-two-shoes on set, but we’ve just been giggling far too much, having way too much fun, and she’s a lovely, lovely person. She is just really down to earth and grounded, and she’s got the best, BEST, stories ever. I just love working with her. "

Her character Cleo is currently part of an issue-based storyline where she is being manipulated by her controlling boyfriend Abe Fielding.

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Nadine has previously expressed hopes that the storyline will inspire viewers to examine "red flags" in their own relationships.

"I think [her relationship with Abe] is really quite worrying, and we’ve got lots of red flags happening. This is the classic tropes of sort of an abusive relationship – it doesn’t have to be obvious, it can be controlling and coercive control," she told us.

"So yes, I think she is in danger, and my advice would be to get out of there."

Organisations including Women's Aid can provide further support and information on coercive control or coercive behaviour.

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