Hollyoaks is a popular soap broadcast on Channel 4. First broadcast on 23 October 1995, it is set in and around the fictional Chester suburb of the same name and filmed mainly in nearby Liverpool. Hollyoaks was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who was also behind shows such as Brookside and Grange Hill.

The soap is centred around a former 1950s technical college which is now a college of higher education called Hollyoaks Community College.

Hollyoaks is well known for its beautiful actors and actresses, making it more akin to popular American soaps. Of course, whether this fact along with the racier late night specials has any influence on its popularity is not for us to judge!

Popular areas involved in the soap include Hollyoaks Community College (HCC), the SU Bar (which never seems to close!), the local pub 'The Dog In The Pond', the always controversial night spot 'The Loft', and the local upmarket eatery 'Gnosh'.

Hollyoaks has received numerous awards over the years and raised awareness of issues such as teen pregnancy, abortion and male rape.

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