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.
Done: Speaking to The Guardian, the 32-year-old actor - who became a household name with his role of luckless Will Mac Kenzie on the much-loved show – insisted that he's closed the chapter on the series after nearly decade He explained: 'Bus w*****. To be in a show that people love and quote back at you is the reason you get into this business.Lucy and her fraternal twin brother Peter have an unsettled childhood.When she is two, her mother Cindy Beale (Michelle Collins) has her father Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) shot, then flees the country with Lucy's brothers, Peter and Steven, after failing to retrieve Lucy before Ian does.She is the twin sister of Peter (Thomas Law, Ben Hardy), and has three half siblings, older brother Steven (Edward Savage, Aaron Sidwell), younger sister Cindy (Eva Sayer, Mimi Keene) and younger brother Bobby (Kevin Curran, Alex Francis, Rory Stroud, Eliot Carrington).Since 2004, when the role was recast to an older actress, storylines featuring Lucy have focused upon her teenage rebellion.This eigh-part series took us on an epic romp around the globe in search of lost treasure and priceless artefacts.the first commission from our new factual division, was broadcast on Channel 5 last winter.In 2010, Suffield left East Enders, after she was allegedly axed due to "unruly behaviour." On 14 November 2011, it was announced Lucy would be returning in 2012 with Bywater taking over the role. Her storylines have included teenage pregnancy, abortion, cheating in her exams, struggling to cope when Ian Beale suffers a mental breakdown and runs away, feuding, becoming the owner of Ian's many businesses, and multiple relationships (including a relationship with her best friend's father, Max Branning (Jake Wood)).On 21 February 2014, it was announced that Lucy would be murdered, starting a dark chapter for the Beale family and a whodunnit storyline that would run until the show's 30th anniversary in February 2015 when the identity of the murderer would be revealed.It's only been the past 6 months or so that I've started watching Hollyoaks (finishing a-levels left me with free evenings after work until uni started) but I have to say it's pretty damn addictive!I think you just have to take it as it is - a lighthearted soap with a mix of serious and not-so-serious storylines.