Hollyoaks‘ Calvin Valentine will be at the centre of a dramatic shooting, it has been announced.

Ricky Whittle will make a dramatic exit from the Channel 4 show when his character is shot dead on his wedding day.

In an episode airing on Monday night, Hollyoaks will ‘flash forward’ to the future, and viewers will see Calvin killed by a mystery assassin.

After remarrying Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna), Calvin takes to the dance floor with his wife, where he is killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Show insiders said all those present at the wedding will appear to be behaving out of character, and could emerge as suspects.

Those with reason to dislike Calvin will include Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe), with whom he is currently having an affair, and her husband Malachy Fisher (Glen Wallace), who is best man at the wedding.

Tuesday’s episode will return to the present, and in the following months the mystery will unravel, with the wedding scenes playing out again over a week at the end of May 2010.

The storyline is a new twist on famous soap whodunits, including the mystery of who shot JR in Dallas, and the shooting of Phil Mitchell in EastEnders.

Ricky, who is favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night, said: “It’s an honour to be involved in such an unprecedented television event. This has never been done in soap and will take the audience on a roller-coaster that they will want to ride until the end!”

The ‘flash forward’ episode airs on Monday December 21 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.