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Hollyoaks announces huge change to Channel 4 show in schedule shake up

Hollyoaks have announced a huge change to the Channel 4 show as bosses confirm there will be a schedule shake up that affects the soap’s future

Hollyoaks is set to change to a “streaming first” approach from next month.

The Channel 4 soap has confirmed it will now air new episodes on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 first, with one new episode dropping on All 4 every morning during the week.

The same episode will then be shown on E4 later that evening at 7pm and will be repeated on Channel 4 at 6.30pm the day after.

Channel 4 describe the change as a “natural step” for the soap with its “youthful outlook and audience”, with current storylines for it including a tragic explosion which saw Sylver die in horror scenes.

There was a huge explosion in Hollyoaks

Channel 4’s Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick, shared: “It feels like a natural step for Hollyoaks with its youthful outlook and audience to be the first UK soap to premiere new episodes on our streaming service on an ongoing basis. Our loyal audience want to get their soap fix when they want, where they want it and the series’ continued popularity on All 4 proves that.

“With this new ‘stream-first’ approach we are serving a much broader range of viewers, from those who want to stream, to those whose tea time ritual is kicked off with Hollyoaks each evening.”

Hollyoaks is changing its schedule

And Hollyoaks’ executive producer Lucy Allan added: “We are excited to see Hollyoaks embrace the digital first proposition so favoured by its youth skewing audience. This feels progressive and full of opportunities for the show.”

It comes after actress Kelle Bryan – who plays Martine Westwood – teased a huge aftermath to the deadly explosion.