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British television soap opera, first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on Channel 4. Produced by Lime Pictures (formerly Mersey Television).

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      28.05.2013 20:32
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      Great TV show for rewinding after work.

      OVERVIEW
      Hollyoaks started in October 1995 and I started to watch it around 2008. It is targeted at teenagers and young adults, unlike a lot of other soaps such as Coronation Street and Eastenders that are targeted at a middle-aged and older audience.

      Same as other soaps, everyone lives within a small area with a local pub, local club and local shop where most of the episodes are based. If several episodes are based elsewhere, they are usually shown outside the usual timeslot of 6:30pm on Channel 4, and played as "Hollyoaks:Later" around 9pm.

      FAVOURITE CHARACTERS
      My favourite characters have to be the McQueen family, in particular Mercedes McQueen. Most of the best story lines have been centered around Mercedes or her family as a whole. One of the biggest storylines was when she got slept with her boyfriend (Riley) father and fell pregnant, she did not know who was the father of the baby. Before the birth, she is kidnapped and hidden in the basement of the pub by her boyfriend' grandfather (Silas), who turned out to be a serial killer of women in Hollyoaks. This is the just the tip of the iceberg along all the Mercedes' scheming and plots.

      FAVOURITE STORYLINES
      Another good storyline lately was the storyline of Brendan Brady, who came onto the show as a drug dealing club owner, who I will admit bugged the life out of me with his mustache, weird facial expressions and mannerisms. He gradually became one of the most loved characters in Hollyoaks, through his storyline of coming out as being gay and coming to terms with sexual abuse he experienced as a child at the hands of his father.

      SUMMARY
      Hollyoaks is the first thing I watch when I get home from work to rewind. Sometimes I just watch it on Channel 4 at 6:30pm and sometimes I can't help myself and watch the next day's episode on E4 at 4pm. All in all, it is a great show to watch while you unwind (I am actually writing this while watching this evenings episode) as it makes easy watching and doesn't require your full attention like some shows.

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      19.05.2010 00:45

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      A good soap which is occaisionally brilliant

      I watch Hollyoaks everyday, its exciting at the moment because we are waiting to find out who shot Calvin. Also the story with Josh and the car crash has been ok. That character Gaz Bennet was really annoying at first but I am starting to respect him now because he is totally fearless.

      A few years back we had the story about Mira's son Niall (who she gave away as a baby) who tried to kill the whole family, that was great.

      However, some of the acting is really bad, but I wont mention any names.

      There is SOME good acting though from: Mecedes McQueen, Duncan Button, Dave Colburn, Leo Valentine, Spencer Gray, Cheryl Brady, Myra McQueen, Kris Fisher, Dominic Reilly and others.

      Hollyoaks is underated and does not get enough credit. It will have to do a lot better to compete with Corrie and Eastenders at the soap awards.

      If you have never watched it before then it could take a while for you to catch up and figure what is going on. But it is worth watching simply for the eye candy.

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      07.05.2010 14:30
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      A popular soap opera geared towards young people

      I have to confess that I haven't watched Hollyoaks for a while now but used to watch it religiously when it was first released way back in 1995. I find it hard to believe sometimes that this soap has been on air now for fifteeen years as doesn't seem that long. The soap is aired on Channel 4 and has been since it's start and remains one of their biggest shows even now.

      This soap is set in a small fictional town in Chester and like so many other soap operas has it's regular settings where characters tend to congregate. It is certainly more geared towards the younger generation than most soaps and centres around the lives of groups of young people. Alot of the scenes are set in the university or at the local pub or student bar.

      Over the years the producers have not been afraid to confront the sensitive and controversial subjects head on and have tackled some interesting and powerful storylines. I remember in the days I watched it regularly that there were stories relating to rape, anorexia and HIV and they were just a few. So there are not many subjects they haven't touched upon on the last fifteen years. I think it's always good for a soap to approach these things as it's watched by so many young people so is hopefully educational too.

      For me the acting has always been of a high quality too and the young actors make things seem more believable. It does have a lot of competition with the likes of Coronation Street and Eastenders but with this in mind the show is normally on at a different time at 6.30pm each evening.

      There have been a few spin offs from the show including a raunchier, even more controversial late night series. However, for me the original was always the best and is still successful now and as popular in my opinion as when it started out.

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      30.04.2010 11:05
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      Bring back Bryan Kirkwood!

      Hollyoaks is a british soap first aired in October 1995 and shows every weekday on channel 4 at 6:30pm or first look on E4 at 7:00pm. The show was created by Phil Redmond who also brought The Bill and Grange Hill to our screens. The show is set in Hollyoaks village in Cheshire and the main focuses are Hollyoaks High, Hollyoaks Community College and The Dog in the Pond pub.

      It was announced in January 2010 that the show would now be produced by Paul Marquess who seems to be addicted to axing members. Since he's took over the show has taken a turn for the worst as much as I've always loved Hollyoaks, I can hardly bare to watch it anymore. The show just hasn't been the same and has turned into a snooze fest. Everyone I know has stopped watching of recent due to the bland storylines and increasing growth of dull students who do nothing but sit in student halls eating pizza or at the SU bar having a drink. Paul axed 11 members in an attempt to sex up the show but is miserably failing with the shows ratings decreasing, someone needs to step in fast!

      I used to find Hollyoaks underated and thought it was brilliant, it was the underdog of the likes of Eastenders but it just seemed fresher and the storylines were great. Every show opens with a dream-like sketched scene involving the happenings of the episode, I find this a fun touch and they always have the best music. Hollyoaks has dealt with a lot of great storylines such as anorexia, incest, mental illnesses, paedophilia, murder etc. The storylines were immense and gripping, the acting was always spot on and they deserved more recognition for sure.

      The Hollyoaks storylines don't drag on for as long as Eastenders and usually they can be a bit unrealistic, there seems to be no after-math and after a shocking storyline everyone seems to be over it the next day. There has been a laughable storyline on recently surrounding a young child, Holly who runs away from home after a heated argument with her stepfather Tony. The storyline did have the potential to be mysterious where we actually thought someone had taken her, 2 days later we find she is only squatting with autistic Spencer who wouldn't hurt a fly, to me the whole storyline was pointless.

      Hollyoaks is the first soap to ever do a flashforward episode where we take a peak into the future at Calvin Valentine and Carmel Mcqueen's wedding where everyone is suspiciously angry at Calvin and he gets shot. We won't find out who shoots him till may 2010 and in the up and coming weeks we will find a few clue's along the way. I personally have no idea who it is as there are 12 suspects who hate him and it's hard to tell yet. I hope Hollyoaks can pick themselves up with this storyline though, and make the most out of it.

      Although the main characters in Hollyoaks are in their late teens or early 20's they still have 'soap families' like Eastenders. There is currently 50 cast members on the show, here are a few of them :

      The Mcqueens
      The Mcqueens are probably the biggest family in the village and known for their outspoken, chav-like ways. The family consists of Myra who's a single mother and works as a cleaner, her only major storyline is the scenario where her son she gave away comes back to get revenge for abandoning him but she is a good fixture. Then, theres her daughters Jacqui, Mercedes, Carmel, Michaela and Theresa who's the newest addition to the Mcqueen family and is the cousin but has settled in as one of the sisters. The Mcqueens are keeping Hollyoaks going at the minute!

      The Ashworths
      The Ashworths took over the pub 'The Dog in the Pond' last year and their family consists of Suzanne and Neville, family friend Gilly, Rhys, Josh and a new addition is Duncan who is Suzanne and Neville's godson but happens to have a little crush on Suzanne!

      The Deans & The Osbournes
      They're rather a mixed family who used to run the Dog in the Pond until they spiralled into debt and of course there was the matter of Jack faking his own death. Their family consists of Frankie & Jack Osbourne who we barely see anymore. Newt who was adopted by Frankie and suffers with Skitzophrenia. Jake Dean who has just came out of the mental hospital for trying to kill his son Charlie. Steph Dean and Tom who Steph is looking after as her husband Max (Toms brother) died. Darren Osbourne is also apart of the family who is quite sleezy and the outcast of the family after his gambling addiction, he worms himself in but lives in a flat by himself.

      Tony Hutchinson is currently the only cast member left from the beginning of the show and owns an italian restaurant in the village called Il Gnosh with his brother Dom, recently he's got married to Cindy Cunningham and has a little family with Cindy and Holly which I hope ends soon as Tony has got boring since. Although she's not been in it long and hasn't had a proper storyline yet, my favourite character in the show is Loretta played by Melissa Walton who was introduced on Hollyoaks later as a stripper and love interest of Dom. Now she's with Jake Dean and was on the verge of a brilliant storyline that got axed through complaints to the show as it had similarities with the James Bulger case. Loretta keeps disappearing but I find her mysterious and a good actress so I hope she gets an excellent storyline soon.

      Everyone on Hollyoaks is gorgeous and you will not find any Dot Cotton's or Phil Mitchel's on this show. The acting is great on Hollyoaks and the long running members deserve more recognition but the newbies the new producer is bringing in are awful and boring I just don't know what he is thinking!

      Overall I've loved Hollyoaks for years but recently I'm not managing to watch it, there's new boring characters coming in everywhere, they're axing the shows best characters, the storylines are getting ridiculous, I'm just hoping it will get back on its feet as it was an enjoyable show that stood out from the rest of the soapland where everything is dull and grim. I would not recommend getting into Hollyoaks soon, I'd wait till it picks up... if it picks up!

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        22.03.2010 21:45
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        a teen drama with a brookside edge

        Kurt tries to get a date with Natasha but fails miserably. Sarah Barnes has her parachute cut by her lesbian lover who thought her best friend was trying to steal her. Can you spot the earlier storyline with the later?

        Hollyoaks is meant to be a village with its very own college/university. Yes I know. It recounts the wacky lives of the residents - half of them are models, with a quarter being psychotic and all having severe memory lapses after 1 month.

        The show started with only around 8 characters and had one show per week. It was meant to be light and not too serious. A year later and of course the 'Emmerdale' effect took hold, bizarre stories will get you ratings. I switched off at that point being fairly young at the time only to rejoin my viewing 9 years later. Not much had changed but I could understand the storylines better as a young adult. There was a brief period in 2007 which some believe could have been called Hollyoaks haydey, with John Paul and Craigs secret gay affair, Hannah's award winning portrayal of anorexia and a great cast of characters.

        However recently there's been stagnation, characters came and went quickly with no explanation as to who they were and to be honest when the writers couldnt be bothered neither could the viewer. The news that the following have been axed

        Rhys
        Neville
        Suzanne
        Josh
        Hayley
        Zak
        Leo
        Sasha
        Newt
        Calvin
        Dave
        Des
        Lauren
        Spencer
        Loretta
        Jake

        It's a hefty list but with the amount of duff characters at the moment its more than welcome. I would love to keep watching this programme if and when it improves.

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        09.03.2010 15:12
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        An ok soap

        I just read that the Hollyoaks producer has axed 11 members of the cast (better late than never) so I thought I'd write a little review on the show

        Hollyoaks is basically another soap but one which is intended for people aged from 14 to 25 otherwise its a bit embarrassing. (I'm too old now to watch it myself) it has aired on channel 4 and now E4 since 1995.

        I was never a huge fan of the show but have watched it occassionally over the years. The show is set in Chester in the fictional Hollyoaks and is full of very young and good looking people with only a small percent of them of a decent acting standard.

        Some of the story lines are quite interesting and deal with teenage situations like relationships, education, family life in general and deciding on what you want to do with your life. There are also a lot of annoying characters but the last few years the show has tried to be more serious and has removed some of the more funny characters which is a shame cos it broke up all the gloom.

        To be honest even as a youngster I could never relate to any of the situations or characters they just didnt represent my life or people I knew (I knew a few good looking women though ;P). The show did try and fail to have a more edgy late night version but it was even worse and was cancelled.

        The show has featured some less mainstream sort of characters in its time like a larger gorl, disabled characters and the like which has been refreshing.

        I remember a very stupid plotline about carbon monoxide poisoning which was a bit embarrassing but like alll soaps you don have to pay attention to the plots of all the characters. The stories though are never that intricate which is good if you like to pick up again on the show if you've been away but not so good if you want a really gripping experience. The show could do with the actors helping out the writers who dont really seem to remember what being a young adult is like, and are probably in their 40s.

        An ok show if you like soaps, but there are plenty around and some have beeter acting and writing. Or if you're a FHM type of guy who wants to look at some eye candy.

        I would recommend giving it a go and see if it suits you. I will soon be giving it another watch once they've cleared out the clutter (if they actually do change the cast so drastically) and hope its a change for the better.

        Any questions please comment

        Tony

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          25.02.2010 20:41
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          Fantastic

          Hollyoaks is a young and lively soap opera set in the village of Hollyoaks. The characters are all mainly young and go to the local school or college, and this makes it easy for me to relate to them as I'm 20 and studying at Uni.
          Each epsiode there is something dramatic going on and some might find this depressing. Especially with the story of young Hannah who suffered from an Eating Disorder and how it effected her and her family. I find the show really useful though as it shows topics such as drugs, sex, health problems and relationships which are relevent to everyday life and teaches me how to overcome these issues. I feel asthough I can observe the characters and learn from their mistakes.
          The show is on every evening at 6.30 on channel four which is a suitable time for me (right after simpsons). And overall I would say that I really enjoy watching Hollyoaks and would recommend it to other young people.

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            17.02.2010 20:50
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            A silly but quite fun soap for teenagers and young adults

            Hollyoaks is an English soap but one that is targeted more towards teenagers and young adults. It's shown on Channel 4 every weeknight and the omnibus is on every Sunday morning which makes a nice relaxing morning catching up on TV.

            The soap is set in Chester in the village of Hollyoaks and the main locations include the high school, college and a group of local business including a pub, nightclub, juice bar, restaurant and a few shops that some of the character's own or work in.

            The majority of the cast are all fairly young and quite attractive and every single girl in this seems to walk around in a tiny miniskirt and stilettos whether it's mid summer or mid winter, which is quite funny to watch them tottering around in amidst knee-deep snow or monsoon rains.

            The storylines are always very dramatic including murders, affairs, fires, crashes, drugs, teenage pregnancies, violence, eating disorders and everything else you can think of that makes a TV programme exciting. As with all English soaps though, it does get a little silly at times by going completely over-the-top and getting quite unrealistic but all this does is make me laugh and roll my eyes. The acting isn't the best and fits well with the over-the-top storylines but I suppose that's only to be expected in a programme like this.

            This is a great soap to watch for teenagers or young adults or for those who don't like any other English soaps. Although it does have its negative points, it's generally quite fun to watch and there's always bound to be a new exciting story happening each week.

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              11.02.2010 00:37
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              7.5 / 10

              Hollyoaks is a soap opera which is shown each weekday on Channel 4 at 6.30pm, with the next episode being shown in advance immediately after on E4.

              It used to get quite a lot of stick, but has recently become more accepted, shown by the fact it is now more involved when the soap awards come around.

              I think the reasons people have started to like it more are the stories are quite good nowadays and the cast has improved. Previously the show might have been full of good-looking people, with limited acting ability (or so I've heard, I'm no expert and generally find the acting fine), but now the acting ability has improved, but it is still one of the best looking-cast on TV - the girls anyway.

              I go through phases of watching the show. Some weeks I will watch every episode then other weeks, for no reason I will stop watching completely. Fortunately when I do start watching again I can get a good idea of what is happening in the main storylines after a few episodes.

              One disappointing thing I think is starting to happen to the show is more old stories and characters are being re-introduced, similar to what seems to always be happening on Eastenders (which I don't like). This can be a little boring, but a good story can occasionally come out of it.

              One other thing mentioning is when they come to the end of a big storyline and they try to create some kind of explosion scene, which usually looks terrible. If you don't have the facilities or equipment to do it properly, just don't even try.



              ~~~ Favourite Characters ~~~

              Don't really have any favourites.

              ~~~ Characters I would like to see killed off ~~~

              Jacqui McQueen ( Claire Cooper )- just don't like her. Used to stealing and when something good happens like getting a good job, she steals - annoying. Also, she acts a hard-woman and is supposed to be good looking (I think) - she isn't.

              Anita Roy ( Saira Choudhry ) - everything about her is annoying

              Amy Barnes ( Ashley Slanina-Davies ) - her voice sounds like she has absolutely no energy and therefore annoys me.



              Overall this show isn't for everyone, more aimed at the teen to twenties range. I would class it as my favourite soap, but it isn't by any means one of my favourite shows. The cast is good and the stories are usually quite interesting and relevant. The location of the show, which is a small village, which has a college, is also better than the more dreary and dull locations of the more popular soaps.

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                22.01.2010 11:08
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                A daily soap aimed at teens to mid 20's.

                This is the newest of the soaps but it has only just been in the last few years that it has been recognised in soap award catergories.

                It can be found on Channel 4 at 6.30pm on weekdays and lasts half an hour. Don't worry if you miss an episode though as they are all repeated on sunday mornings on Channel 4 and saturday afternoons on it's sister channel E4. In fact for those impatient to know what happens next E4 shows the next episode after the current one has finished on Channel 4. This can be useful if you know your going to be out the next day and will miss it.

                The programme is based in Chester and is primarily about teenagers and students at the local university. This is where I think it is different from the other soap operas. Eastenders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale all have a cross- section of characters of varying ages. As Hollyoaks is mainly restrited to 15-16 years olds to mid 20's it's limiting it's audience. This is not to say you have to be in that age group to watch it but I can't imagine many grandparents tuning in every night like they would with possibly Coronation Street.

                The issues Hollyoaks covers are very appropriate for their target audience and has helplines which follow the end of the programme. This issues recently covered HIV, eating disorders and teenage pregnancy. I must admit in the episodes I have seen the writers deal with these issues with tact and get the message across without glamourising it.

                The downside to Hollyoaks I feel is most of the cast look like models. I have nothing against gorgeous looking people but when I was at university and even in my home towm there are plenty of people who aren't blessed in the looks department. It was only recently that a disabled character was introduced. This was a valuable addition but to be more realistic more ordinary characters would be welcome.

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                  03.01.2010 14:27
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                  The best soap around, you should defiantly give it a go!

                  The British teen soap (although still watched by a lot of adults) Hollyoaks is the the only soap I watch. It is set in a fictional village called Hollyoaks in Chester.

                  Hollyoaks was first aired on 23 October 1995 on channel 4 and I never considered watching it until about a year ago. I always assumed it was another pointless soap with a bunch of people exaggerating there problems and crying over spilt milk with no real meaning to it, but I was wrong. I first watched it when I was board and there was nothing else on, I didn't quite understand what was going on so after about 5 minutes I turned off the T.V and decided to go out in to the real world. That was one of the episodes where Sarah was angry at Zoe for being in a relationship with her dad (Mike Barnes). After that I started watching Hollyoaks when there was nothing else to do or nothing else on. Here, I started enjoying it and actually understanding the storyline so I popped it on every day it was on. It didn't actually take too long for me to understand the storyline, it's easy to catch up on. However there were some characters storylines I enjoyed more then others and that will properly be the case with you too (for me it was Anita,Theresa, Newt and Lauren's) I use to switch over every time there scene ended and turn back to check if they have another scene but then I realised I'll end up missing most of there storyline if I keep doing this so I watched the show properly. After watching one full episode of Hollyoaks properly I started to get in to other characters storylines too. By now I enjoy all the characters storylines equally.

                  Hollyoaks has a approximately 50 major characters in it which may put you of because you might think this will make it confusing or will stop the characters from developing (that's what I thought at least), however that is not the case. I have not yet ever got confused or mixed up characters storylines and I think I never will. Also all the characters are developed and even the new characters develop quickly. An example of this is the character India Longford (first appeared on 21 September 2009) and the character Dave Colburn (first appeared on 30 June 2009). These two characters are developed even though they are fairly new. Most of Hollyoaks characters are teenagers (since this show is aimed at teenagers) or in there twenties , however there are some older characters such as Mike Barnes, Leo Valentine, Myra Mcqueen, Jack Osborne and Frankie Osborne, as well as some characters under the age of teenagers such as Tom Cunningham. Although these characters are not normally involved in major storylines. It also has it's families such as the Valentine's, Cunningham's, Roy's, Ashworth's and McQueen's. Hollyoaks has a variety of personalities, e.g emo's (Newt and Lauren) and chavs ( Mcqueen's are the family of chavs).

                  Hollyoaks explores a large variety of issues. Some examples of issues Hollyoaks has dealt with in the past are drug addiction, murder, arson, hit and run, abortion, suicide, homelessness, financial problems, interracial relationships, racism, religion, bisexuality, homosexuality, homophobia, sexual confusion, alcoholism, rape, cancer, child abuse, domestic violence, anorexia/bulimia, incest, sexual harassment, general bullying, carbon monoxide poisoning, living with epilepsy, HIV, pupil/teacher relationships, self harm, schizophrenia, OCD, gambling addiction, shoplifting, fostering, teenage pregnancy, SIDS, miscarriage, kidnapping, brain aneurysm and surrogacy and there still getting ready to deal with a lot more. Most soaps avoid some big issues as they are difficult to deal with and are scared of a bad reputation but not Hollyoaks, as you can tell by this huge list. Not only does Hollyoaks deal with them they also show what leads the characters to do what they do or get what they get. Hollyoaks manages to makes you understand why the characters and people do crazy things such as murder or rape but stills reminds you of how bad it is. These storylines may seem a bit out there and over the top but if you actually watch them on screen they don't and are very entertaining and informing. That just shows this show is willing to take risks.

                  One of the reasons these storylines don't seem over the top is because of the great acting performed by all the actors. All the actors (approximately 50) do an amazing job and are very talented. The Hollyoaks director must only settle for the very best but not only are they talented there all very attractive. If I lived in Hollyoaks I'd be turning my head all the time to stare at the the hot thing that just walked by. There's eye candy everywhere in Hollyoaks village, yummy. That's more good for me then bad but some people may say in reality not everyone's gorgeous and I do agree with them to an certain extent.

                  Each Hollyoaks episode begins with a chart song with a montage of some characters that are going to be featured in that episode doing something relative to what's going on in there life at that time.

                  The episodes are on E4 at 7pm every week day. Channel 4 also repeats the episode from the day before at 6.30pm. The Hollyoaks episodes are each half an hour a day (including breaks). Channel 4 also shows an omnibus session on Sunday starting at 9.55am to 12.25am that catches you up on the week days episode.

                  Hollyoaks is defiantly underrated, why don't you help it out by watching it, trust me, it's a great show.

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                    Hollyoaks is a fantastic, cool teen soap opera

                    Hollyoaks is the hit teen soap opera on Channel 4. The show is based on a fictional village called Hollyoaks in the town of Chester and follows the lives of people in the village and their ups & downs.

                    The cast is a relatively young cast which makes it stand out from other soaps with a focus on the local school and Hollyoaks college. This makes for great viewing for the younger crowd, like myself, it draws in more younger viewers than it's competitors. It also means lot of hot guys and guys to eye up on a Sunday morning during the omnibus. The show air's on weekdays Monday to Friday at 1830 on Channel 4 you can then switch to E4 the C4 spin-off channel for tomorrows episode, which is great for when you just can't wait to see what happens next.

                    The storylines are fantastic and very well written it has some big storylines under it's belt including sexual confusion, rape allogations, murder and explosions to name just a few along with the usual soap dramas of death, birth, marriage & divorce.

                    The characters, as I said are mainly younger, but you do have older members of the cast who are great too, the actors & actresses are really good too, fresh young talent who act out their parts very well.

                    The special effects are great during the big storylines the cast and crew do a fantastic job at producing a show that air's 5 days a week then on the Sunday you can catch up on every episode that week in a 2hr 30min omnibus edition on C4.

                    Hollyoaks is a fantastic show that grips in hundreds of thousands of viewers each week night.

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                    Hollyoaks is the only soap on the television I watch nowadays, it is broadcast on Channel 4 and repeated on E4 and E4+1 on weekdays and holds omnibus editions at the weekend if you want to sit there for hours and catch up with the weeks events!

                    The weeks events are set in the fictional village/little town of Hollyoaks set in the gorgeous area of Chester, with a mostly late to teen to late twenties cast and a couple of older characters in it, it covers a very wide range of issues to anorexia, drug abuse, bullying and is I think sometimes very hard hitting and gritty.

                    The characters on the most part are attractive young things who have released their own calendars and a fitness dvd, oo er I see the reviews for that were a bit poor!!

                    There were a couple of spin offs in the evening with current and former Hollyoaks cast members which I did not bother watching as they were usually on quite late.

                    There is a fictional university and about six shops and a couple of cafes and a nightclub in Hollyoaks, in case you need to know.

                    People may scoff but I think the quality of acting in the programme is excellent and some very talented actors work on the show.

                    The storylines in Hollyoaks make you want to shout at the telly sometimes mainly just with sheer frustration, and sometimes they drag on a little too long, for instance nowadays I am sick of the Zoe, Sarah and Lydiagate situation and am currently finding it very frustrating!!!

                    My favourite characters=

                    Carmel McQueen, a beauty therapist who now owns her own salon, very blonde, very bubblegum pink and very sweet, a very bubbly character who I absolutely love and have found myself relating to slightly, my OH said I reminded him a bit of her and I had to laugh.

                    Rhys Ashworth, an indie lad who is a bit of an idiot who completely loves himself, he makes me laugh as well and one of my favourites.

                    Zak, the loveable cheely Liverpool chappy.

                    Least favourite characters=

                    Hannah Ashworth, because the character is highly annoying and her crying goes through me (sorry)

                    Amy Barnes, very young mother of 2 children by the wonderful specimen of manhood that is Ste, who is another annoying character.

                    I could go on and on about all the characters as most of them are great!!

                    Overall, the only and therefore favourite soap that I watch at all, I love it.

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                      28.11.2009 22:28
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                      Fab soap

                      Hollyoaks is Channel 4's answer to a soap. Set in the small town of Hollyoaks in Chester, it centres around the lives of various groups of young people. Hollyoaks does have a fictional university so a lot of the characters are students with the vast majority of the rest of the cast being young people.

                      I find Hollyoaks to be well written with lots of interesting storylines. It tackles some of the issues that other soaps seem to shy away from including HIV, schizophrenia, incest, rape and anorexia. More recently there was a storyline that involved a character jumping from an plane wearing a parachute that had been sabotaged by her girlfriend. Some of the storylines do sound a bit far fetched when written down, but I can say there's never been an occasion where I've thought the story went too far. I think in some part this can be contributed to the brilliant acting from the show's cast.

                      I think Hollyoaks is one of the most underrated soaps out there. Compared to the likes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale, Hollyoaks really grits its teeth and gets stuck into the really meaty plots and really gives everything it has. The cast all give consistently good performances and it's a lot more exciting than the boring soaps!

                      Broadcast every evening at 6.30pm on Channel 4, there is also an omnibus edition on Sunday mornings as part of their T4 schedule. The channel E4 also has a 'first look' episode screened after the Channel 4 showing which is the following days episode.

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                        can be a good soap at times

                        Hollyoaks is basically a soap for young people and as I am a young person it's a soap that I do enjoy. However I have started going off it a little bit recently just because the storylines have gotten a little dry I feel.

                        The cast of hollyoaks is mainly young, its set around a small little village however there is supposedly a university near by and so most of the cast are uni students or young adults with a few older actors and actresses thrown in for good measure as well.

                        The best thing about hollyoaks though and the thing its mainly known for is its eye candy. I'm not too sure about the men in there however there are some very pretty girls in hollyoaks and I'm sure that's what most people watch it for.

                        The storylines can be really good sometimes and even good enough to rival the likes of the big soaps like corrie and east enders however it is clear they just don't have the budget like these big soaps do and so some of the effects on the big scenes can be a bit poor.

                        The program is one every week night at half past six on channel four and runs for half an hour. However if you go to E4 straight after you can also watch the next days episode which is good if you know your not going to be in the next day or if you just simply cant wait to see the next episode.

                        I do still quite like this program and I'm sure ill get back into it again in the future when the storylines start hotting up again, it's a pretty good program with some great characters in and always has something for everyone.

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