Hollyoaks Freshers

Hollyoaks gets an unfair ride from certain circles.

Basically, it is crap, but that is the nature of all soaps. They’re all cruddy. That’s why we like ’em.

And now, thanks to a new internet spin-off, we’ll have more crud than ever!

Hollyoaks is to launch an online spinoff series featuring three new characters called Jamil, Doug and Leanne (all students) and they’ll will be introduced to fans of the soap in Hollyoaks Freshers, a six-part series which is to start airing online next month.

The programme will follow the trio’s summer activities – including a trip to a music festival – before they later make the transition to the main Channel 4 show as new members of the regular cast.

Accompanying the internet series will be online blogs, social networking pages and Flickr accounts for each of the new arrivals, which will see them posting messages and photos in character.

Hollyoaks Freshers will also see Alex Carter’s comeback scenes in the role of Lee Hunter and feature regular characters Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson), Charlotte Lau (Amy Yamazaki) and Dave Colburn (Elliot James Langridge).

The series will kick-off on August 26, with episodes being uploaded every Thursday and Friday for three weeks.

The drama will also be aired as a one-hour special on E4 in the autumn.

Soap News Round Up, including, new Hollyoaks spin-off show!

As ever, it’s been a busy week in the soaps, and first up is Corrie’s Sun Nicholls, who’s denied that she’s retiring from the show.

It had been reported that Sue’s character, Audrey Roberts, was to leave the show when she headed off to Greece with her on-screen lover, Lewis.

It was also thought that Sue wouldn’t be back to reprise the role of Audrey.

However, speaking to TV Times, Sue denied she had any intention of leaving permanently and enthused about her job.

She said, “When I come through the gates of the studio, it’s like coming into a different world.

“I think I’m a bit happier in my Weatherfield world, because I’ve only got to worry about Audrey.

“In the real world, when I have a free week, oh, I find it terribly exhausting and I can’t cope! Ringing the accountant, having a row with BT; you have to do all that.

“I would like to get in the car while I can still drive, and travel through France and Spain – places where I went to in my youth – but that can wait.

“I’m a bit of a romantic but, in reality, it’s trips to Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer for me.”

Staying up North and it’s been announced that Hollyoaks is to get another spin-off show.

Called, Hollyoaks: Freshers, the new show will introduce three new characters who will join the regular cast and show later on in the year.

They are Jamil (Sikander Malik), Doug (PJ Brennan) and Leanne (Jessica Forrest).

They’ll first appear in six episodes, each of which will be 10 minutes long, and will be shown online only via YouTube, Facebook and Flickr.

And finally, over in Yorkshire, Alice Coulthard, who plays Maisie in Emmerdale, has denied that she’s “quitting” the show.

Recent reports suggested that Maisie was being written out of the show early as Alice wanted to leave, but she says that’s not the case and she’s simply moving on when her current contract ends.

On the show’s ITV website, Alice said, “After two amazing years I’ve decided to leave Emmerdale.

“I’ve had a wonderful time and will miss working with such a hard-working and talented team of people.

“I feel privileged to have been involved in some of the show’s most gripping storylines and I’m excited to be a part of the drama that is about to unfold for the Wyldes. “

Series Producer, Gavin Blyth said, “Maisie Wylde’s compelling story will take more twists and turns in the coming months as she delves into darker territory which will culminate in her exit from the show.

“Alice has been a real asset to Emmerdale and we’ll be sad to see her go later this year. We wish her all the very best for the future.”

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