For the first time in 28 years, Channel 4 has announced that it will stop airing individual Hollyoaks episodes on its primary channel.
The soap opera that was being broadcast on the network’s main channel has been cancelled by the executives as part of a new digital plan to improve the viewing experience on the state-owned broadcaster.
The broadcaster stated today that the new schedule pattern will begin on Monday, September 25, and that it will feature “scenes shot in sensational new locations” and “a massive stunt week of spectacular and standout storylines.”
To freshen up the schedule, the 1995-launched soap will be transferred to its sibling channel E4.
The weekly omnibus of the drama-filled Chester village-based programme will still be broadcast on Channel 4, so fans may see it there.
In order to appeal to younger audiences, episodes will also be posted to YouTube and made accessible for viewing there one week after being streamed and broadcast on E4.
Channel 4 has just announced that they will not airing Hollyoaks episodes for the first time in 28 years
The 2006 British Soap Awards’ Best Storyline went to the 2005 episode that appalled viewers when Becca, a teacher stuck in an unhappy marriage, had an affair with Justin. Sweethearts Claire and Max wed in 2006, but things quickly took a dramatic turn when Claire Devine chose to murder him in order to collect the £500,000 life insurance payout. Actress Gemma Bissix won Best Villain at the British Soap Awards for her decision.