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Claire Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen, is involved in a fictional court case in Hollyoaks

Claire Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen, is involved in a fictional court case in Hollyoaks

Claire Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen, is involved in a fictional court case in Hollyoaks

A real-life 'jury' is to decide the outcome of a fictional court case in Hollyoaks.

Programme bosses at the Channel 4 soap have begun to recruit a panel of potential jurors who will shape the result of the rape trial case.

Viewers will see the show's Gilly Roach charged with raping Jacqui McQueen over coming days and he will stand trial next month.

This week the pair - actors Anthony Quinlan and Claire Cooper - were seen heading to a bedroom together. No further details of what happened will be seen on screen before the actual trial.

Members of the show's jury will review evidence with video clips and documents before coming to a verdict, rather than watching courtroom deliberations. They will not however appear on screen.

Programme-makers are looking for "a broad selection" of people between the ages of 18 and 70.

Popular 1970s ITV show Crown Court featured members of the public deciding whether the accused characters were guilty in fictional cases.

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