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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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 2000 the character Matt Musgrove (played by Christian Ealey) transferred from Brookside (1982) to Hollyoaks, the first time this had been done in England. See more »

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Jack Osborne: Craig Dean, you could sell snow to the Eskimos.
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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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