|Created by||Phil Redmond|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||approx. 25 minutes|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||23 October 1995 – present|
|Related shows||Late Night Hollyoaks|
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.
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.