British soap opera

Hollyoaks is a British television teen soap opera. It was first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on Channel 4. There is a new episode every weekday. It is set in Chester and is mostly filmed in Liverpool on Abbey Road.

Created byPhil Redmond
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6234
Running timeapprox. 25 minutes
DistributorLime Pictures
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format4:3 (1995-2000)
16:9 (2000-present)
Audio formatDolby Surround (1995-2002)
Dolby Digital (2003-present)
Original release23 October 1995 –
Related showsLate Night Hollyoaks
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Since 1995, the cast has expanded from just seven major characters to approximately 50 cast members. It was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who has also devised shows including Brookside and Grange Hill. It is the only British soap that uses incidental music.

Hollyoaks was the first British television programme to tackle the issue of gay domestic violence. Its first character with gender identity disorder, a trans man called Jason Costello, was in the show August 2010 to December 2011. In 2014 Hollyoaks introduced a new transgender character called Blessing Chambers.

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