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GenreHollyoaks_header_cell_0_1_0 Soap operaHollyoaks_cell_0_1_1
Created byHollyoaks_header_cell_0_2_0 Phil RedmondHollyoaks_cell_0_2_1
Written byHollyoaks_header_cell_0_3_0 VariousHollyoaks_cell_0_3_1
Directed byHollyoaks_header_cell_0_4_0 VariousHollyoaks_cell_0_4_1
StarringHollyoaks_header_cell_0_5_0 Present cast

Former castHollyoaks_cell_0_5_1

Country of originHollyoaks_header_cell_0_6_0 United KingdomHollyoaks_cell_0_6_1
Original languageHollyoaks_header_cell_0_7_0 EnglishHollyoaks_cell_0_7_1
No. of episodesHollyoaks_header_cell_0_8_0 5,487Hollyoaks_cell_0_8_1
Executive producerHollyoaks_header_cell_0_10_0 Bryan KirkwoodHollyoaks_cell_0_10_1
EditorsHollyoaks_header_cell_0_11_0 Alistair McMath

David MercerHollyoaks_cell_0_11_1

Camera setupHollyoaks_header_cell_0_12_0 Single-camera setupHollyoaks_cell_0_12_1
Running timeHollyoaks_header_cell_0_13_0 25 minutes (including adverts)Hollyoaks_cell_0_13_1
Production companyHollyoaks_header_cell_0_14_0 Lime PicturesHollyoaks_cell_0_14_1
DistributorHollyoaks_header_cell_0_15_0 All3MediaHollyoaks_cell_0_15_1
Original networkHollyoaks_header_cell_0_17_0 Channel 4
E4 (2001–present)Hollyoaks_cell_0_17_1
Picture formatHollyoaks_header_cell_0_18_0 Hollyoaks_cell_0_18_1
Original releaseHollyoaks_header_cell_0_19_0 23 October 1995 (1995-10-23) –


Related showsHollyoaks_header_cell_0_21_0 Hollyoaks: In the City

Hollyoaks LaterHollyoaks_cell_0_21_1

External linksHollyoaks_header_cell_0_22_0

Hollyoaks is a British soap opera which began airing on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. Hollyoaks_sentence_0

It was created by Phil Redmond, who had previously conceived the soap opera Brookside. Hollyoaks_sentence_1

The programme is set in the fictional village of Hollyoaks, a suburb of Chester, and is filmed at Lime Pictures in Liverpool's Childwall suburb. Hollyoaks_sentence_2

Since 2001, episodes have been aired on E4 a day before its broadcast on Channel 4. Hollyoaks_sentence_3

At its inception, the soap was targeted towards an adolescent and young adult audience, but now has broadened its appeal to all age groups. Hollyoaks_sentence_4

It has famously covered many taboo subjects rarely seen on British television. Hollyoaks_sentence_5

Beginning with a cast of 14 characters, it now has upwards of 50 regular cast members. Hollyoaks_sentence_6

The longest-serving actor is Nick Pickard, who has played Tony Hutchinson since the first episode. Hollyoaks_sentence_7

The programme has won 39 British Soap Awards, 18 Inside Soap Awards, one TRIC Award, and one National Television Award. Hollyoaks_sentence_8

It won the award for Best British Soap twice, in 2014 and 2019; its first win broke the 15-year tie between rival soap operas EastEnders and Coronation Street. Hollyoaks_sentence_9

Production Hollyoaks_section_0

Hollyoaks is produced by Lime Pictures (formerly known as Mersey Television prior to its takeover by All3Media) and is primarily filmed at its studios in Childwall, a suburb of south Liverpool. Hollyoaks_sentence_10

Production team Hollyoaks_section_1

Bryan Kirkwood joined the show as executive producer in 2006, but left three years later to become producer of EastEnders. Hollyoaks_sentence_11

After he left his role in 2009, a number of producers worked on the show, resulting in a number of creative reinventions and changes in direction during this time. Hollyoaks_sentence_12

Lucy Allan was named as Kirkwood's successor. Hollyoaks_sentence_13

In 2010, Allan announced she was to step down from the series after only a year, being replaced by Paul Marquess. Hollyoaks_sentence_14

Speaking of her decision, Allan stated: "I am very proud to have been part of the Hollyoaks team. Hollyoaks_sentence_15

I've had a fantastic time working on this show but am now equally excited about what the future will hold." Hollyoaks_sentence_16

On his upcoming role of series producer, Marquess said: "Taking up this position at Lime Pictures feels like I'm going home, as I began my career working with both Carolyn [Reynolds] and Tony [Wood] at Granada and my first major project was Brookside at Mersey Television. Hollyoaks_sentence_17

I'm a huge soap fan so to be handed the reins of Channel 4's flagship teen drama is not only a huge challenge but also a massive honour." Hollyoaks_sentence_18

Lime Pictures creative director Tony Wood added: "I'd like to thank Lucy Allan for making such a contribution to Hollyoaks over the years and wish her well for the future. Hollyoaks_sentence_19

It's very exciting to be working with Paul Marquess again. Hollyoaks_sentence_20

He's one of the best showrunners in the business. Hollyoaks_sentence_21

This is a brilliant appointment for Hollyoaks." Hollyoaks_sentence_22

Only one day after being announced as the new producer, Marquess began work on the soap opera. Hollyoaks_sentence_23

A Channel 4 spokesperson stated: "It's all been a very quick turnaround at the top. Hollyoaks_sentence_24

It was announced in January 2011 that Marquess would leave his role as series producer and would be succeeded by Hollyoaks production team member Gareth Philips. Hollyoaks_sentence_25

Discussing the news, Philips said: "I have really enjoyed working in the script team at Hollyoaks and it will be a huge honour to take the reins of Channel 4's flagship youth drama. Hollyoaks_sentence_26

I am very excited about taking the show even further this year with more compelling and brave stories." Hollyoaks_sentence_27

Emma Smithwick later replaced Philips in autumn 2011. Hollyoaks_sentence_28

In late-September 2012, it was announced that Kirkwood would be returning to Hollyoaks, replacing Smithwick. Hollyoaks_sentence_29

On 3 September 2020, Kirkwood announced his exit as showrunner. Hollyoaks_sentence_30

In a statement, he said: "For many years I have had the privilege of running a soap opera with a fiercely loyal audience. Hollyoaks_sentence_31

I passionately believe that soaps can help viewers start serious conversations about their lives and in recent years we have covered important topics within mental health, sexual consent, Far-Right radicalisation, male rape, sexual abuse and many issues other shows might look away from." Hollyoaks_sentence_32

Channel 4's director of programmes, Ian Katz, thanked Kirkwood for his work, stating: "I'm immensely grateful for his steering of the show safely back to screen next week and leaving it in top creative form and I wish him all the best for his next chapter." Hollyoaks_sentence_33

Allan was again named as Kirkwood's successor. Hollyoaks_sentence_34

Opening titles and tune Hollyoaks_section_2

The original style of this sequence has changed on many occasions. Hollyoaks_sentence_35

It was announced on 19 June 2010 that new titles with a new theme tune, which was reportedly "slowed right down", would be used in new series producer Paul Marquess' first episode, which aired on 5 July 2010. Hollyoaks_sentence_36

However, on 2 July, the titles were delayed for one week. Hollyoaks_sentence_37

The titles were then delayed for a second time due to "technical difficulties". Hollyoaks_sentence_38

On 10 September 2010, Channel 4 confirmed the new Hollyoaks titles and theme music would air from 13 September. Hollyoaks_sentence_39

However, the titles were different from pictures of filming of the original credits, suggesting a reshoot was the reason for the delay. Hollyoaks_sentence_40

Marquess commented: "We're very excited about the new titles that the viewers will see on Channel 4 on Monday. Hollyoaks_sentence_41

They're glossy, contemporary and very Hollyoaks." Hollyoaks_sentence_42

He then apologised for the delay, saying: "We're sorry to the fans who have been waiting to see them, but they've taken a while to perfect. Hollyoaks_sentence_43

I'm very happy with them and I hope that the fans like the new-look show." Hollyoaks_sentence_44

It was announced in August 2016 that a new title sequence would begin airing from 5 September 2016, which would launch the show's "action-packed Autumn storyline". Hollyoaks_sentence_45

The new title sequence features shots of characters on the show's set. Hollyoaks_sentence_46

Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said of the titles, "I am thrilled with the new titles. Hollyoaks_sentence_47

I think they are vibrant, fun and glossy and from the first opening guitar riff feel completely Hollyoaks." Hollyoaks_sentence_48

Shots from the new title sequence included Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) riding a carousel with his children, Leah Barnes (Ela-May Dermican) and Lucas Hay (William Hall), Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) lying on a bed of petals, and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) appearing in the village dressed in a "striking red dress". Hollyoaks_sentence_49

On 13 May 2019, a new title sequence, as well as altered theme music, was launched; for the new sequence, a "family theme, putting each of the soap's iconic families front and centre" are seen on the series' set. Hollyoaks_sentence_50

Music Hollyoaks_section_3

Hollyoaks is the only British soap to regularly make use of incidental music, The main theme was written and performed by Steve Wright, who has also produced music and themes for Brookside and Grange Hill. Hollyoaks_sentence_51

A number of real acts have also performed during transmitted episodes of the series. Hollyoaks_sentence_52

The Alphites were the first band to perform on the programme, when they played in the SU Bar. Hollyoaks_sentence_53

In 2003, Pop Idol runner up Darius Campbell appeared in an episode performing at a graduation ball. Hollyoaks_sentence_54

In 2008, the band Get Cape. Hollyoaks_sentence_55 Wear Cape. Hollyoaks_sentence_56 Fly also featured in Hollyoaks, performing as part of a Battle of the Bands contest. Hollyoaks_sentence_57

During November 2008, The Saturdays were featured in two episodes of spin-off Hollyoaks Later. Hollyoaks_sentence_58

In 2009, McFly featured in the show and played a song in the SU Bar. Hollyoaks_sentence_59

They also had speaking roles and convinced characters Justin Burton and Hannah Ashworth to go out. Hollyoaks_sentence_60

Later that year Girls Can't Catch performed "Keep Your Head Up" during the college graduation party. Hollyoaks_sentence_61

In July 2013, Hollyoaks also featured 'Off The Wall Oompah' Band Hosen Brass, playing a selection of their own cover versions for Darren's Bavarian Night(s) at the Dog In The Pond. Hollyoaks_sentence_62

Hosen Brass featured on two consecutive episodes over the Friday and the Monday evening. Hollyoaks_sentence_63

Sponsorship Hollyoaks_section_4

Hollyoaks was previously sponsored by Nescafé, which held a one-year £9.5 million deal from June 2002 until July 2003. Hollyoaks_sentence_64

The show did not have a sponsor until June 2005, when Wrigley's signed a twelve-month contract for their brand of Extra chewing gum. Hollyoaks_sentence_65

The contract ended in December 2009. Hollyoaks_sentence_66

Nikon Coolpix signed a deal for sponsorship in 2010 which ended in September 2010, before resuming in January 2011, as part of a 12-month deal. Hollyoaks_sentence_67

Nikon group marketing manager, Jeremy Gilbert described Hollyoaks viewers as "the perfect demographic" In September 2010, it was announced mobile phone retailer Phones4u would take over sponsorship from 1 October 2010 as part of a 3-month deal. Hollyoaks_sentence_68

Caspar Nelson, the head of brand communications at Phones4u, said their research had shown that Hollyoaks was the most-watched TV show for their target audience. Hollyoaks_sentence_69

Nikon Coolpix signed a new 12-month sponsorship deal in December 2010, beginning in January 2011. Hollyoaks_sentence_70

On 11 April 2012, a six-month product placement deal with L'Oréal was revealed. Hollyoaks_sentence_71

On 31 May 2012, a four-month product placement deal with Nokia was announced. Hollyoaks_sentence_72

Unilever took over sponsorship of the show from 2 January 2013, with sponsorship switching between its Impulse body spray brand and its Alberto VO5 brand. Hollyoaks_sentence_73

In January 2015, Domino's Pizza were announced as the new sponsors of Hollyoaks. Hollyoaks_sentence_74

Five years later, it was announced that Batiste Dry Shampoo had begun sponsoring the programme. Hollyoaks_sentence_75

In mid November 2020 clothing brand Jack Wills became the sponsor of the show. Hollyoaks_sentence_76


Start of sponsorshipHollyoaks_header_cell_1_0_0 End of sponsorshipHollyoaks_header_cell_1_0_1 BrandHollyoaks_header_cell_1_0_2
2002Hollyoaks_cell_1_1_0 2003Hollyoaks_cell_1_1_1 NescaféHollyoaks_cell_1_1_2
2005Hollyoaks_cell_1_2_0 2009Hollyoaks_cell_1_2_1 Wrigley's ExtraHollyoaks_cell_1_2_2
2010Hollyoaks_cell_1_3_0 Nikon CoolpixHollyoaks_cell_1_3_2
2011Hollyoaks_cell_1_4_0 2013Hollyoaks_cell_1_4_1
2010Hollyoaks_cell_1_5_0 2011Hollyoaks_cell_1_5_1 Phones 4uHollyoaks_cell_1_5_2
2013Hollyoaks_cell_1_6_0 2014Hollyoaks_cell_1_6_1 UnileverHollyoaks_cell_1_6_2
2014Hollyoaks_cell_1_7_0 2015Hollyoaks_cell_1_7_1 VO5Hollyoaks_cell_1_7_2
2015Hollyoaks_cell_1_8_0 2020Hollyoaks_cell_1_8_1 Domino's PizzaHollyoaks_cell_1_8_2
2020Hollyoaks_cell_1_9_0 Batiste Dry ShampooHollyoaks_cell_1_9_2
2020Hollyoaks_cell_1_10_0 PresentHollyoaks_cell_1_10_1 Jack WillsHollyoaks_cell_1_10_2

Filming locations Hollyoaks_section_5

Despite being set in Chester, the show is filmed at Lime Pictures' studios in Childwall, Liverpool in what used to be an art college. Hollyoaks_sentence_77

The Village is a specially built outdoor set at the studios. Hollyoaks_sentence_78

The SU Bar was once used in Brookside as Bar Brookie, and the parade from Brookside is now the location of Esther's Magic Bean and the Dee Valley University Hospital. Hollyoaks_sentence_79

Brookside Close was also used in Hollyoaks before it was sold; Ron Dixon's home was used as the Burtons' home and Max Farnham's home was used as the Deans' home. Hollyoaks_sentence_80

Characters Hollyoaks_section_6

Main articles: List of Hollyoaks characters and List of past Hollyoaks characters Hollyoaks_sentence_81

Broadcast Hollyoaks_section_7

United Kingdom Hollyoaks_section_8

The series initially aired on Mondays in 1995, with the exception of the second episode which aired on Friday 27 October 1995 and was repeated on Sunday evenings. Hollyoaks_sentence_82

In July 1996, Mersey TV opted to recommission the show and increase its output to twice a week, that autumn beginning that October with a Thursday episode. Hollyoaks_sentence_83

A third episode was introduced in September 1999, airing on Wednesdays and a fourth in 2001. Hollyoaks_sentence_84

In November 2003, following the cancellation of Brookside, the show increased its output with a fifth episode, which has remained until March 2020. Hollyoaks_sentence_85

Since the channel's launch in 2001, Channel 4's digital sister station E4 airs a daily "First Look" feature at 19:00 each weekday, in which viewers are able to watch the episode to be shown on Channel 4 the following day. Hollyoaks_sentence_86

The 'first-look' is occasionally omitted, primarily if the following day's C4 episode is a special or event edition, and on these occasions may be replaced with a related programme or special. Hollyoaks_sentence_87

Repeats of each day's edition of Hollyoaks air on E4 the following weekday; as of 2020, it is shown at 06:00. Hollyoaks_sentence_88

All of the week's episodes of Hollyoaks are also compiled into an omnibus on Channel 4, and as of 2020, a signed and audio described version is transmitted at 02:25, and a regular version at 06:00. Hollyoaks_sentence_89

Episodes of Hollyoaks, including the weekly omnibus, are also available for catch-up viewing online through the All 4 streaming platform. Hollyoaks_sentence_90

From 2009 to 2012, the series also broadcast on YouTube, after Google reached a three-year deal with Channel 4. Hollyoaks_sentence_91

In 2018, this service resumed and YouTube now airs the latest episodes on the Hollyoaks page. Hollyoaks_sentence_92

On 22 March 2020, Channel 4 suspended production and filming of Hollyoaks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hollyoaks_sentence_93

From 30 March, new episodes being broadcast was reduced from five to three, airing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hollyoaks_sentence_94

However, on 6 April, this was reduced again from three to two, airing Monday and Tuesday, with the final pre-COVID episode screening on Monday 20 July. Hollyoaks_sentence_95

The slots belonging to new episodes on E4 were filled by Hollyoaks Favourites. Hollyoaks_sentence_96

After resumption of production, producers stated they expect to return to five weekly episodes in 2021. Hollyoaks_sentence_97

In June 2020, episodes of Hollyoaks were made available on social media platform Snapchat. Hollyoaks_sentence_98

In shortened segments featuring the highlights of an episode, they premiere on the app immediately after broadcast. Hollyoaks_sentence_99

International Hollyoaks_section_9

In New Zealand, the show aired on TV1 and C4. Hollyoaks_sentence_100

In Australia, from October 2010 to January 2012, the digital multichannel 7Two had broadcast double episodes of Hollyoaks from September 2009. Hollyoaks_sentence_101

In the United States, beginning in March 2014, the streaming service Hulu began adding episodes of Hollyoaks; episodes are uploaded to the service two weeks after their initial airing in the UK. Hollyoaks_sentence_102

Storylines Hollyoaks_section_10

See also: History of Hollyoaks Hollyoaks_sentence_103

Over the course of the show's history, Hollyoaks has dealt with a number of storylines based upon serious issues. Hollyoaks_sentence_104

Given the large and established proportion of young viewers, some feel that the soap is an ideal platform to show a variety of issues affecting young people. Hollyoaks_sentence_105

A telephone helpline number is often displayed after episodes that feature a particular emphasis on a story that may have affected viewers. Hollyoaks_sentence_106

Social issues that the soap has dealt with include: abortion, suicide, euthanasia, homelessness, human trafficking, illegal immigration, homosexuality, bisexuality, being transgender, gender identity disorder, homophobia, racism, far-right extremism, alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addiction, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, sexual harassment, rape (including male rape and marital rape), incest, underage sex, child abuse (physical and sexual), child grooming, sexual consent, domestic violence (including parental abuse by children), anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphic disorder, self-harming, county lines drug trafficking, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, Down syndrome, sepsis, bullying, child abduction, fostering, teenage pregnancy, sudden infant death syndrome, stillbirth, deafness, cancer, spina bifida, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Munchausen syndrome, motor neurone disease, and frontotemporal dementia. Hollyoaks_sentence_107

A 2007 episode which showed a number of the characters falling ill at a party due to carbon monoxide poisoning helped make a viewer realise that the symptoms of illness she had been feeling were caused by a potentially fatal carbon monoxide leak in her home. Hollyoaks_sentence_108

By being made aware of the effects from the episode, she was able to receive medical treatment that would save her life. Hollyoaks_sentence_109

Hollyoaks was the first British soap opera to have a "non-linear" week. Hollyoaks_sentence_110

Commencing 14 September 2009, the special week saw storylines being played out in non-chronological order, something which has never been dealt with within the soap's history. Hollyoaks_sentence_111

Producer Lucy Allan stated in an interview with Digital Spy, "It was an idea pitched by Richard Burke, one of our writers, at my first long-term story conference back in February. Hollyoaks_sentence_112

What's great about it is that it's a really great storyline, but with the way he pitched – in making it non-linear – it was even better. Hollyoaks_sentence_113

It's just like if something happened to one of your mates and you try and put the pieces of the puzzle together as to what happened, you don't find all the people who tell you what happened in chronological order. Hollyoaks_sentence_114

You get bits here and there and piece it together. Hollyoaks_sentence_115

It's exactly the sort of thing Hollyoaks should be doing, challenging its audience." Hollyoaks_sentence_116

In late 2009, it was announced that Hollyoaks would make another soap first by screening a flashforward episode. Hollyoaks_sentence_117

On 21 December 2009, the show's time-line moved forward six months into May 2010. Hollyoaks_sentence_118

The episode featured the second wedding of Calvin Valentine and Carmel McQueen. Hollyoaks_sentence_119

Series producer Lucy Allan stated: "We're really excited by this future episode – Hollyoaks is the only soap that can tamper with time and give our audience the opportunity to look at events that haven't yet taken place. Hollyoaks_sentence_120

A lot can happen in six months, so viewers should expect to be asking a lot of questions of some of their favourite characters' actions and behaviour." Hollyoaks_sentence_121

Ricky Whittle, who plays Calvin, added: "Calvin's completely besotted with Carmel. Hollyoaks_sentence_122

She's the one he's always wanted – she's always been his true love since they first started seeing each other and everyone's always wanted them to get back together." Hollyoaks_sentence_123

Later in September, it was announced that Hollyoaks, teaming up with Channel 4 Education's Battlefront, would explore an underage sex storyline involving 12-year-old characters Finn O'Connor (Connor Wilkinson) and Amber Sharpe (Lydia Lloyd-Henry), which would lead to Amber's pregnancy. Hollyoaks_sentence_124

Explaining the storyline, Paul Marquess said: "Hollyoaks has long been credited for tackling difficult issues that affect young people in a sensitive and intelligent way. Hollyoaks_sentence_125

I am very proud that we are once again bringing to the forefront a subject for our young audience that many parents, politicians and schools struggle to address. Hollyoaks_sentence_126

The storyline very clearly communicates to the audience that Amber and Finn were not emotionally or physically ready to engage in any sexual activity. Hollyoaks_sentence_127

And make no mistake, there will be no fairytale ending for Amber; she is faced with the most difficult situation she could ever imagine." Hollyoaks_sentence_128

In November 2012, Hollyoaks aired "Enjoy The Ride", in which four regular characters were killed: Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss), and three sixth form students, Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman), Neil Cooper (Tosin Cole) and Jono (Dylan Llewellyn). Hollyoaks_sentence_129

In October 2013, as part of the celebration of the soap turning 18, the show aired Hollyoaks — The Blast from 15 October until the end of the week. Hollyoaks_sentence_130

The storyline saw a cast massacre with five main characters being killed off through the week, and two also were killed off in the annual Hollyoaks Later. Hollyoaks_sentence_131

Series regular Callum Kane and newcomer Jade Hedy were killed off in Hollyoaks Later and regulars Ash Kane and Doug Carter were seen killed by the explosion while Clare Devine was run over by Paul Browning after Mercedes McQueen pushed her in front of his car. Hollyoaks_sentence_132

Regular character Leanne Holiday (Jessica Forest) died in hospital the following week due to injuries sustained in the explosion, and Paul Browning was murdered by Mercedes, Cindy and Lindsey Butterfield (Sophe Austin) during the episodes. Hollyoaks_sentence_133

In November 2013, Hollyoaks aired a version of Cain and Abel, which two half-brothers Will Savage (James Atherton) and Dodger Savage (Danny Mac) fight against each other. Hollyoaks_sentence_134

Will kidnapped his family, including Dodger's father and twin sister Sienna and also Ash's mother, and Maxine, and tells them how he was jealous at Dodger, because of the way he regularly appears to get everything, all the things he wants more than him, before his and Dodger's showdown, which leads to the event that sees him getting arrested for the murder of Texas and his mother Anna and kidnapping. Hollyoaks_sentence_135

In January 2014, Hollyoaks aried the second time for male rape since 2000 for where character John-Paul was raped by his student Finn O'Connor (Keith Rice), after enduring months of homophobic bullying from Finn and Robbie Roscoe (Charlie Wernham). Hollyoaks_sentence_136

The storyline reached in climax in September when Finn is arrested for his rape & attempted rape of Nancy leading himself inprisonment after being found guilty. Hollyoaks_sentence_137

In November 2014, the show aired Hollyoaks  – End of The Line from 17 November until 21 November. Hollyoaks_sentence_138

The story line saw newcomers Porshe McQueen (Twinnie Lee Moore) and Lockie Campbell (Nick Rhys) celebrate their wedding reception on a party train, and Sienna Blake (Anna Passey)'s car become stuck on the tracks after a car chase with her father Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield), causing the train to smash into it and derail. Hollyoaks_sentence_139

Long running character Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna) was killed when the wreckage exploded after saving her cousin Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) from "villainous" Sonny Valentine (Aaron Fontaine), who also died in the explosion, who wanted revenge on her for killing Calvin in 2010. Hollyoaks_sentence_140

Long running character Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) also "died" in November 2014, just a week after her sister Carmel, in a plot which saw her brutally murdered in the McQueen house by Grace Black. Hollyoaks_sentence_141

As of December 2014, only two original McQueen family members remain on screen, Myra McQueen (Nicole Barbara Lane) and John Paul McQueen (James Sutton). Hollyoaks_sentence_142

Mercedes returned in February 2015. Hollyoaks_sentence_143

In June 2015, Phoebe dies after Lindsey Butterfield (Sophie Austin) injects her with potassium chloride. Hollyoaks_sentence_144

Cleo moves into the house in late January 2015. Hollyoaks_sentence_145

As part of the 20th anniversary in October 2015, a number of long-running storylines reached a climax point. Hollyoaks_sentence_146

In particular, it features the exposure of the affair between Ste Hay and Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool) to his father Tony and the other characters during a Hollyoaks Pride event. Hollyoaks_sentence_147

The underage sixth form student had begun questioning his sexuality following a kiss with John Paul McQueen, later developing strong feelings for Ste. Hollyoaks_sentence_148

The plot involving Diane O'Connor, Tony and Tegan Lomax regarding their children who had been switched at birth is also concluded. Hollyoaks_sentence_149

The week also features the departure of the Osborne family from the Dog in the Pond pub and they had moved to the Boarding House which was previously owned by (Dennis Savage). Hollyoaks_sentence_150

Another storyline featured was the reveal of the Gloved Hand Killer (the identity of whom had been a mystery to viewers since January). Hollyoaks_sentence_151

The killer has murdered five characters up to that point (Rick Spencer, Mariam Andrews, Will Savage, Phoebe McQueen and Dylan Jenkins), has had two failed attempts (Esther Bloom and Diane O'Connor) and killed another two during the week (Ashley Davidson, Dr. S'avage) before Lindsey Butterfield is revealed as the serial killer when she seemingly murders another regular character (Freddie Roscoe). Hollyoaks_sentence_152

However, he is later revealed to be alive. Hollyoaks_sentence_153

A month later, Hollyoaks aired for the first time a stillbirth storyline in which Mercedes loses her baby with Joe Roscoe (Ayden Callaghan). Hollyoaks_sentence_154

In 2016, as part of the end to an explosive story, the show broadcast a "Point of View" week, focusing on the Police's suspects for who killed Patrick Blake who was found buried in the woods. Hollyoaks_sentence_155

Each suspect Maxine Minniver, Darren Osborne & Nancy Osborne, Nico Blake, Sienna Blake and Warren Fox all had an episode dedicated to themselves. Hollyoaks_sentence_156

Each episode focused around the different characters in the same 24 Hours until, The police would make an arrest. Hollyoaks_sentence_157

This also saw the return of former character Joel Dexter. Hollyoaks_sentence_158

In Autumn 2016, the show's annual autumn stunt, titled "Hollyoaks No Exit", aired on 31 October to 4 November. Hollyoaks_sentence_159

These episodes saw a "Halloween Spooktacular" held by Jude Cunningham, who returned to the series after 18 years of her last appearance. Hollyoaks_sentence_160

In February 2018, Hollyoaks released a Cards of Fate episode, in which the fates of various characters in 3 months time was revealed through some cards. Hollyoaks_sentence_161

It flashforwarded into Sienna Blake’s funeral. Hollyoaks_sentence_162

In 2018, the show featured a self-harming storyline with the character Lily Drinkwell and her friends Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik, which won Best Storyline and Best Single Episode at The British Soap Awards in 2018. Hollyoaks_sentence_163

Lily's self-harming continues and leads to her death of sepsis in 2019. Hollyoaks_sentence_164

Hollyoaks also tackled a serial sex offender storyline with Laurie Shelby raping his wife Sinead O'Connor, sexually harassing co-worker Sienna Blake and Sinead's stepmother Diane Hutchinson. Hollyoaks_sentence_165

In 2019, Hollyoaks was the first British television programme to tackle the issue of far-right extremism and radicalization with Ste Hay central to the storyline & Munchausen syndrome for Maxine. Hollyoaks_sentence_166

Criticism Hollyoaks_section_11

In 2001, students at University of Chester objected to a storyline which they say misrepresented students in the city. Hollyoaks_sentence_167

Students Union president Gordon Reay said, "Students at other universities think we are a bunch of radicals and militants because that's how the students are portrayed in Hollyoaks. Hollyoaks_sentence_168

They assume that the college in the programme is Chester College, because Hollyoaks is set in the city." Hollyoaks_sentence_169

In 2007, the soap was further criticised along with other soap operas for the amount of alcohol consumption featured on-screen. Hollyoaks_sentence_170

The Food Commission monitored that 18 percent of scenes feature consumption and warned that it was conditioning teenagers into thinking it is normal to consume so much alcohol. Hollyoaks_sentence_171

A similar incident occurred in 1997 when the Independent Television Commission criticised the series for using an existing brand of alcohol, Caffrey's Irish Ale in the soap claiming that it breached broadcasting rules and promoted the product. Hollyoaks_sentence_172

In October 2009, Channel 4 was criticised for broadcasting character Barry Newton's attempted suicide, which showed similarities to an incident which happened the same week in Glasgow in which two teenagers committed suicide by jumping into the River Clyde. Hollyoaks_sentence_173

In its defence, a Channel 4 spokesperson stated, "Any similarities are entirely coincidental and we have carefully considered how best to proceed. Hollyoaks_sentence_174

We feel it is appropriate to continue with the transmission of these episodes as this is not a one-off programme but an established and long-running series. Hollyoaks_sentence_175

The audience will be familiar with the character of Newt and this plotline, which has been both trailed and promoted, has been developing over a number of weeks. Hollyoaks_sentence_176

Hollyoaks has a strong track record of dealing with sensitive issues, and the transmission will be followed by a programme support announcement directing viewers to a 24-hour helpline." Hollyoaks_sentence_177

In late November 2009, it was announced that character Loretta Jones would be revealed to have killed a child when she was twelve-years-old. Hollyoaks_sentence_178

A Hollyoaks spokesperson said, "The drama is about how Loretta reacts to Chrissy's arrival back in her life and how she copes with all the memories coming back." Hollyoaks_sentence_179

The storyline was criticised due to its similarities to real events, such as the Murder of James Bulger. Hollyoaks_sentence_180

The mother of Bulger, Denise Fergus, stated her outrage of the storyline while speaking to Click Liverpool. Hollyoaks_sentence_181

She said: "I'm shocked and disgusted at what Hollyoaks is doing. Hollyoaks_sentence_182

They have "clearly" based this story on what happened to James and it's "outrageous" that they should do this without consulting with me in any way. Hollyoaks_sentence_183

This is the third time this year that someone has written a so-called drama that treats my son's murderers as some kind of victims and celebrities. Hollyoaks_sentence_184

It's "wrong" and I find it very "hurtful" that a TV company is making a horrific murder that happened 16 years ago into the subject for a soap opera. Hollyoaks_sentence_185

How dare they treat James as though he is public property. Hollyoaks_sentence_186

It is an "insult" to his memory and I am particularly shocked that a programme, based in Liverpool, has gone ahead and done this "knowing that it would be so controversial". Hollyoaks_sentence_187

"Turning James's death into a topic for entertainment is just wrong"." Hollyoaks_sentence_188

Appalled by the decision to produce the episodes, Fergus publicly called for a meeting with Hollyoaks' Liverpool-based production house Lime Pictures, so she could hear it justify its move. Hollyoaks_sentence_189

She continued, "I'm demanding an urgent meeting with the producers of Hollyoaks over this. Hollyoaks_sentence_190

It seems they have already recorded these episodes so they think they have got away with it. Hollyoaks_sentence_191

But I want to look them in the eye and hear them explain how they can justify it. Hollyoaks_sentence_192

I want to know how they could stoop so low as to broadcast such a horrible insult to the memory of my beautiful son. Hollyoaks_sentence_193

The "only" reason Hollyoaks is doing this is their own self-interest – to get viewers. Hollyoaks_sentence_194

I watch HO but if they go ahead and broadcast this it will be the last time I will watch it and I will ask other people to support me and boycott the show too." Hollyoaks_sentence_195

A spokesperson for Channel 4 added, "The forthcoming storyline is not based on any real-life case and it will in no way seek to recreate real events. Hollyoaks_sentence_196

The storyline focuses on the psychological repercussions for two characters in the show who were responsible for the death of a 12-year-old girl in the past." Hollyoaks_sentence_197

Subsequently, the storyline was pulled from the show on 14 December 2009. Hollyoaks_sentence_198

A Lime Pictures spokesperson said, "Hollyoaks has a very good track record of tackling difficult subject matter for a younger audience and the producers take seriously their duty to deal with sensitive issues in an appropriate way. Hollyoaks_sentence_199

This particular storyline was NOT based on any real-life case and was not intended to recreate actual events. Hollyoaks_sentence_200

However, after conversations with Denise Fergus we have agreed to amend certain aspects of the storyline." Hollyoaks_sentence_201

Spin-offs Hollyoaks_section_12

Further information: List of Hollyoaks spin-offs Hollyoaks_sentence_202

Hollyoaks occasionally broadcasts late-night spin-off editions of the main show, usually due to them containing adult themes and controversial plots. Hollyoaks_sentence_203

Two video specials have also been released. Hollyoaks_sentence_204

In 2001, a new 16 part spin-off series was produced entitled Hollyoaks: Movin' On, this was followed by two subsequent series, Hollyoaks: Let Loose and Hollyoaks: In the City, the latter appearing as its own show rather to a spin-off. Hollyoaks_sentence_205

In 2008, a late night spin-off was produced by Lucy Allan named Hollyoaks Later. Hollyoaks_sentence_206

This first series, although being broadcast late at night, was more of a spin-off than a special. Hollyoaks_sentence_207

A second series was commissioned the following year and aired in September. Hollyoaks_sentence_208

A third series was announced in April 2010 before airing later that year. Hollyoaks_sentence_209

A fourth series of Hollyoaks Later aired in September 2011 and saw the return of Michaela McQueen. Hollyoaks_sentence_210

A fifth series aired in September 2012, and a sixth in October 2013. Hollyoaks_sentence_211

It is currently on hiatus following a decision not to go ahead with a seventh series in 2014, but has not been cancelled outright. Hollyoaks_sentence_212

In October 2009, the "Hollyoaks Music Show" began with celebrity artists performing on the set of Hollyoaks, some of the acts that performed on the show included The Wanted, The Saturdays, Olly Murs, N-Dubz, Mini Viva, Pixie Lott, Jason Derulo, Chipmunk, Nicola Roberts, Tinchy Stryder, Girls Can't Catch, Paloma Faith, Taio Cruz and many others. Hollyoaks_sentence_213

Some of the cast members were in the audience and the show was presented by Rick Edwards. Hollyoaks_sentence_214

The show originally ended in December 2011, but has since not been renewed for another series. Hollyoaks_sentence_215

Awards and nominations Hollyoaks_section_13

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Hollyoaks Hollyoaks_sentence_216

Merchandise Hollyoaks_section_14

Books Hollyoaks_section_15


  • Hollyoaks: Coming Together (1996)Hollyoaks_item_0_0
  • Hollyoaks: New Friends (1996)Hollyoaks_item_0_1
  • Hollyoaks: Friends and Families (1996)Hollyoaks_item_0_2
  • Hollyoaks: Can't Get the Girl (1997)Hollyoaks_item_0_3
  • Hollyoaks: Luke's Secret Diary (2000)Hollyoaks_item_0_4
  • Hollyoaks: Lives and Loves of Finn (2000)Hollyoaks_item_0_5
  • Hollyoaks: Luke's Journal: A New Beginning (2001)Hollyoaks_item_0_6
  • Hollyoaks: Stolen Emails (2002)Hollyoaks_item_0_7
  • Hollyoaks: Party! Party! Party! (2002)Hollyoaks_item_0_8
  • Hollyoaks: Seeing Red (2002)Hollyoaks_item_0_9
  • Hollyoaks: Running Wild (2002)Hollyoaks_item_0_10
  • Hollyoaks: The Official Companion (2002)Hollyoaks_item_0_11
  • Hollyoaks: Playing with Fire (2006)Hollyoaks_item_0_12
  • Hollyoaks: Truth or Dare (2006)Hollyoaks_item_0_13
  • Hollyoaks: Fame Game (2006)Hollyoaks_item_0_14
  • Hollyoaks: Guilt Trip (2006)Hollyoaks_item_0_15
  • Hollyoaks: Girl Talk (2010)Hollyoaks_item_0_16

Calendars Hollyoaks_section_16

From 2001 to 2012, the cast of Hollyoaks produced two annual calendars. Hollyoaks_sentence_217

One is entitled 'Hollyoaks Babes', which features the female cast, and the other 'Hollyoaks Hunks', which features the male cast. Hollyoaks_sentence_218

For the calendar shoot, actors and actresses usually set off to exotic holiday destinations, however in September 2009 it was revealed the financial crisis of 2007–2008 caused the production team to have to make cuts, and therefore could no longer go abroad for the shoot. Hollyoaks_sentence_219

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