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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Kieron Richardson ...
 Steven 'Ste' Hay / ... (922 episodes, 2006-2017)
Nick Pickard ...
 Tony Hutchinson (906 episodes, 1995-2017)
Ashley Taylor Dawson ...
 Darren Osborne (II) / ... (904 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Mercedes Fisher / ... (824 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Nancy Osborne / ... (758 episodes, 2006-2017)
Stephanie Waring ...
 Cindy Cunningham (II) / ... (686 episodes, 1996-2017)
Nicole Barber-Lane ...
 Myra McQueen (614 episodes, 2008-2017)
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 Theresa McQueen (599 episodes, 2008-2016)
Gemma Merna ...
 Carmel Valentine / ... (567 episodes, 2006-2014)
Ellis Hollins ...
 Tom Cunningham / ... (536 episodes, 2000-2017)
Helen Pearson ...
 Frankie Osborne / ... (527 episodes, 2004-2017)
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 Jacqui McQueen / ... (523 episodes, 2007-2013)
James McKenna ...
 Jack Osborne / ... (481 episodes, 1996-2017)
Stephanie Davis ...
 Sinead O'Connor / ... (480 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 John Paul McQueen (473 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Rhys Ashworth (472 episodes, 2006-2014)
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 Sienna Blake / ... (438 episodes, 2012-2017)
Jazmine Franks ...
 Esther Bloom (423 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Warren Fox (409 episodes, 2006-2017)
Anthony Quinlan ...
 Gilly Roach / ... (402 episodes, 2005-2011)
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 Freddie Roscoe (394 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Mark 'Dodger' Savage / ... (384 episodes, 2011-2015)
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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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In 2013, executive producer Bryan Kirkwood refuted accusations from critics that actors were cast for their good looks. He said they "always cast on acting ability before anything else". See more »

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Lee Hunter: Oh, come on. OB could flog g-strings to nuns.
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This show has seen better days
29 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Hollyoak's is the brainchild of Phil Redmond. Redmond has provided the British public with some of the best cutting edge drama in the last 30 years. Beginning with Grange Hill in 1978 he established what has now become a legendary national treasure depicting the trials and tribulations of teenagers in their G.C.S.E and A-Levels. He then created Brookside, which changed the story lines of British Soaps forever with its continuous devotion to depict gritty, real suburban live. A programme set in Redmond's native Liverpool that revolved around a community of adults. Then in the 1990's came Hollyoaks. This was Redmond's project to depict live of the twenty something's in Chester.

On its release in 1995 it was considered typical Redmond's style. Its depiction of real live issues was sometimes relentlessly hard to watch but in other areas it was terrifically funny. It's cast were wonderful with the emphasis was on a naturalistic performance. The writing was crisp and fresh and very inventive. It dealt in a very mature fashion with the issues depicted and its sensitive approach meant that the soap was held very high in both the public and industries eyes. But as the old cast began to move on and replacements were drafting in it became clear that the previous hard work was being replaced by glamour and over the top story lines. The new actors were looks friendly and not very talented and the acting descended from well thought out characterizations to populist acting. This consists of over the top performances throughout the episode. It is quite frustrating to see this considering whatever went before them were genuine actors and actresses. This is not helped by the over the top story lines. Since January 2006 there has been a kidnapping, incarceration of a rapist who then escapes and commits mass murder. It is now Sept 2006 and the big action packed story lines are still coming. This is not helped by the cheesy camera direction that is employed in some of the scripts. One particular sequence involved a tomato ketchup mustard shoot out involving two girls. This was shot to the style of a John Woo. Some people say this is inspirational but to me its just rubbish and it quite clearly pisses upon what Phil Redmond set out to achieve in 1995. What was a good British Soap full of characters that you would genuinely care for have now been forsaken for a more Americanised product full of whining wannabes.

In it's time it has tread some ground that has met Phil Redmond's brief of Realism. The most powerful storyline to date was the male rape of Luke Morgan. This was the last time that Hollyoaks generated such a response from the public. Many of whom welcomed such a topic that had until then been swept under the carpet as a taboo issue. Since then the cheese has been processed weekly and distributed on a daily basis. In the film The Insider the Christopher Plummer character says in relation to media " You will only be remembered for what you did last night ". If this statement is true I really hope Phil Redmond has another ace up his sleeve because at the moment it looks like Hollyoaks current mediocrity will be remembered. 4 out of 10


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