Hollyoaks takes a look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work.

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 Darren Osborne (II) / ... (880 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Cindy Cunningham (II) / ... (677 episodes, 1996-2017)
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 Myra McQueen (600 episodes, 2008-2017)
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 Theresa McQueen (599 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Carmel Valentine / ... (567 episodes, 2006-2014)
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 Jacqui McQueen / ... (523 episodes, 2007-2013)
Helen Pearson ...
 Frankie Osborne / ... (519 episodes, 2004-2017)
Stephanie Davis ...
 Sinead O'Connor / ... (480 episodes, 2010-2015)
James McKenna ...
 Jack Osborne / ... (477 episodes, 1996-2017)
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 Rhys Ashworth (472 episodes, 2006-2014)
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 John Paul McQueen (466 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Sienna Blake / ... (418 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Esther Bloom (405 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Gilly Roach / ... (402 episodes, 2005-2011)
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 Mark 'Dodger' Savage / ... (384 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Warren Fox (382 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Freddie Roscoe (380 episodes, 2013-2017)
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Hollyoaks is a British TV soap opera, that takes a mundane look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work. first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on the Channel 4 network. Originally devised by Phil Redmond, who also devised shows such as Brookside and Grange Hill, the program is set in and around the fictional Chester suburb of Hollyoaks and is centered around a former 1950s technical college which is now a college of higher education called Hollyoaks Community College (often mistaken for the real-life University of Chester), with the characters and main target audience generally being in their late teens or early twenties. Written by Anonymous

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Life gets a little bit better when you rub some Hollyoaks on it. See more »

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Although set in a fictional village in Chester the series is actually filmed in Liverpool and uses many of the same houses used by Brookside (1982). See more »

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Dannii Carbone: [about Zara] That girl could start an argument in an empty room!
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4 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can understand why teenagers might like "Hollyoaks" - it produces a glamorous myth about university/young working life in a somewhat realistic environment (what I mean is a small town that most people would end up residing in as opposed to the centre of London or the hippest part of Manhattan). However, I cannot understand why so many young adults and students can find "Hollyoaks" so intoxicating.

A great number of my friends are addicted to this and will rush home for 6:30 so as not to miss it, and then watch the sneak-peak for tomorrow's episode on E4 after that has finished (they will most likely also watch this episode when it is screened nearly 24 hours later on Channel 4). I cannot get my head around how they could moderately enjoy this. It makes mid-range productions like "EastEnders" and "Coronation Street" seem like productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Pretty much everything is bad, from the corny acting and contrived story lines to the awkward use of pop-music and the often shoddy direction. Somebody actually told me once that the cast of "Hollyoaks" are actually hired through modelling agencies and not through acting agencies, which would make a lot of sense giving the show's banality.

I understand that I shouldn't expect the pinnacle of sophistication in a soap-opera, but it frankly sinks far below any level of quality to be worthwhile. Avoid.


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