On October 23rd in 1995, Phil Redmond who created Grange Hill & Brookside aired a new soap opera called Hollyoaks, a series focused on lives of people living in a fictional village based in Chester, Cheshire.
From 1995 – 2010, the series remained a success and a lot of people continued to binge watch the series, especially after Channel 4 created a new channel in the early 2000s called E4 and Hollyoaks began having a sneak peak aka “first look” episode after the actual day episode aired.
Hollyoaks even had spin-off series such as Hollyoaks: Freshers, Hollyoaks: Later which also had a huge number of viewings but what exactly happend to the beloved soap that made people love Channel 4?
[ Luke & Mandy’s wedding ]
[ She’s All That (1999) by Miramax Films ]
There seemed to be a little cock-up in Lime Pictures’ storylines. If you haven’t seen the film She’s All That, maybe now is the best time. As you may know, Hollyoaks has brought back some of the old cast favourites which included Mandy Richardson played by Sarah Jayne Dunn & Luke Morgan played by Gary Lucy.
During the wedding scene as Mandy was walking upto the aisle and Luke gazed in amazement and hearing the song “Kiss Me” by Sixpence Non the Richer, I couldn’t help but notice that it reminded me of the stairs scene from Miramax’s 1999 teen hit film She’s All That when Freddie Prinze Jr’s character Zack gazed at the beautiful transformed Laney Boggs played by Rachel Leigh Cook, the only thing that was missing was clearly the tripping over the heels part.
Did Lime Pictures Studios run out of ideas for storylines?
[ Daisy Wood-Davies playing a terrified Kim Butterfield locked up in the school basement ]
Hollyoaks fans are now raging just as much as I am as the beloved creepy Kim has been left trapped in the basement of Hollyoaks High basement. This storyline has pretty much beaten the odds of reality as a lot of people know that no-one can survive 48hrs without consuming any water. In the Daily Star news article and if you look in the comments on Hollyoaks’ videos, fans have slammed Hollyoaks by keeping Kim locked up but again, wouldn’t Kim be dead by now? I surely would of gotten sick of seeing a poster of Rick Astley and living off baked beans and dehydration kills people or being a nurse has Kim learned about survival by drinking her own urine? (Eww!)
Phil Redmond has clearly made a mistake taken on extra writers and producers because Hollyoaks is just no longer the same anymore.
Further more, Anna Passey who has played the well loved emotionally unstable Sienna Blake is due to be killed off in Hollyoaks as Lime Pictures Studios decide to make Cleo McQueen (played by Nadine Rose Mulkerrin) a psychopath.
Hollyoaks are now doing what they call “flash forwards” the reverse version of flashbacks. As Myra McQueen played by Nicole Barber-Lane tries a fortune teller scheme at the Dog, clips of some of the characters’ future are shown and much to mine and some other Sienna fans’ disappointment, Sienna dies as Joel, Myra and Cleo attend the burial of Sienna Blake.
[ Joel, Cleo & Myra at Sienna’s burial ]
BUT, Lime Pictures Studios cock-up AGAIN because in the “flash forwards”, you’ll notice that everything is in black and white and you see faint orange words “3 months later”. If you play video games and have played on an Xbox or PlayStation 2, you would of heard of the video game Max Payne. In both the first 2 games and movie starring Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis, there are moments where the screen goes black and white and red words will appear saying something like “Two weeks later” or “3 hours later”.
Also, where’s Tony’s old friend Finn gone? Nope, not that Finn, this Finn!
Last year it was announced that Tony’s old friend Rory “Finn” Finnigan would return to the village and cause some mischief but since the Christmas & New Year’s episodes featuring Finn, he since hasn’t made a single appearance in the village.
Has Hollyoaks finally been out beaten by their rival soap Emmerdale? Tamara Wall who plays female mobster Grace Black admitted that Hollyoaks is more of a “underdog” series. Could she be right? After all Emmerdale seems to be winning all of the TV awards and Hollyoaks has only won a few in the past years.