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    Hollyoaks

    Hollyoaks

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    Channel 4
    Hollyoaks is set in the fictional borough of Hollyoaks in Chester. The first episode was broadcast on 23rd October 1995. The show attracts an average of 3 million viewers per week. The series was devised by Phil Redmond, who also created GRANGE HILL and BROOKSIDE.

    Hollyoaks was orignally only on one night a week but, a second weekly episode began in 1996, a third followed in 1999, and a fourth was added in 2001. The series then went five nights a week in November 2003.

    Hollyoaks is aimed mainly at 16-30 year olds. Like Brookside, Hollyoaks tends to deal with current affairs and topics that matter. It also appeals itself to a present day audience by playing a wide range of recent music and well known Bands.

    As the UK's fourth biggest soap, Hollyoaks is known for breaking bounderies. its story lines include, self-harm, serial murder, explosions, car crash, adultery, fires, sexuality, suicide, street crime, gangsters, drinking, drugs, mental health (schizophrenia), domestic abuse (men and women), cults, deception, credit card fraud, incest, perjury, false imprisonment and rape (inc male rape).

    Hollyoaks is an award winning show winning 3 awards at the 2007 Briitsh Soap Awards. Including Sexiest Female, Best Comedy Performance and Villain of the Year. On Saturday 3rd May 2008, Hollyoaks won 6 awards at the British Soap Awards including, Best Actor/Actress, Best Exit, Sexiest Female, Best On-Screen Patnrship, Most Spectacular Scene. In 2010 Hollyoaks won Most Spectacular Scene at the 2010 British Soap Awards and in 2010, Emmett J. Scanlan (Brendan Brady) won Villain of the Year and Best Newcomer.

    On the 26th February 2007 Hollyoaks under went a major revamp, with a brand new opening title sequence, which highlight's the shows major aim to appeal to a more mature audience. The opening credits have since been updated on various occasions, when a character has left or when new characters have joined. With the most recent version debuting on Monday 13th September 2010, which included a major revamp with a whole new design and reworked opening theme. This has since seen some minor changes with characters being both removed and added.

    It was announced 21st May 2008, that as of Monday 2nd June 2008, Hollyoaks will air its episode in HD format.

    Hollyoaks is on weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4. And the first look episode airs weeknights at 7pm on E4 with, a catch-up edition of the previous days episode at 2.05pm on E4.

    Three omnibus editions air every week, on Saturdays at 1.25pm on E4, Sunday mornings on 'T4' Channel 4 at 8.45am, but the time does vary and, in the early hours on Monday morning at 3.15am on E4. Spin-Offs Hollyoaks: In The City Hollyoaks: Later Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Beforemoreless
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    Queer as Folk (UK)

    Queer as Folk (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) has got it all. He's rich, drop-dead gorgeous and always the centre of attention. He can be forgiven the arrogance because he's pretty close to perfection. His best mate Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) is funny, adorable and definitely a babe but, unlike his friend, has zero confidence in himself. Since time began, Vince has carried a torch for Stuart but his love remains firmly unrequited. They're both 29, hitting Canal Street every night, stalwarts of the scene but just starting to wonder where else their lives may be going. Then along comes Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam). Young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, he crowbars his way into their world and once he arrives, nothing is ever the same again.moreless
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    Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Ultraviolet guide at TV.com. Ultraviolet charted the exploits of an investigative government unit, armed with the latest weaponry, whose aim is to track down and exterminate Code 5 infected subjects while attempting to work out their agenda. A policeman, Michael Colefield, is reluctantly drawn into the group after a confrontation with his 'turned' former best friend, Jack Beresford, when Michael, defending himself after being bitten, is forced to 'kill' Jack. Stylish, dark and often humourous, Ultraviolet delivered a blend of vampire myth with a modern slant. It is notable that the programme never once mentions the word vampire, instead referring to the antagonists as 'leeches' or a 'code 5 infection'. A pilot for a potential US series was made, a composite of all that was good in the 6 episodes of the British version, but no series was commissioned.moreless
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    The Camomile Lawn

    The Camomile Lawn

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    Channel 4 (ended 1992)
    Welcome to The Camomile Lawn guide at TV.com. This British mini-series begins with a funeral in the 1980s, but the action is mostly set during the second world war. It follows the lives of Richard and Helena Cuthbertson and their nieces and nephews, and especially the complicated love lives of Polly and Calypso Cuthbertson. Based on a book by Mary Wesley and filmed in 1991-92, all four parts were released on DVD (UPC: 054961852093) in April, 2006.moreless
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    Underworld

    Underworld

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    British dramedy
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    Psychos

    Psychos

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Psychos was first broadcast on channel 4 in the UK between May and June 1999. The series was set in a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow. The Psychos in the title referred to the doctors and not the patients. The previews and publicity for the series were very positive and it was thought that the series would have a cult TV following and a second series was optioned. Then, those involved with the mentally ill began to complain about the title and the advertising campaign. A second series was cancelled, Channel 4 never repeated the series nor did they release it on video. Writer David Wolstencroft and John McKay both won Network Newcomer Behind The Screen Awards for Psychos in 1999 from The Royal Television Society. Fortunately the series was broadcast in other countries. In May 2000 it was nominated for a Bafta award. Actor Douglas Henshall won a Palmare at the Reims Television Festival 2000 for his portrayal of Dr Daniel Nash.moreless
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    G.B.H.

    G.B.H.

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    Channel 4 (ended 1991)
    As like as two peas in a pod; as different as chalk and cheese. Michael Murray and Jim Nelson are about the same age, grew up together in the same (unnamed) Northern city, are lifelong members of the Labour Party, and presently find themselves suffering inexplicable, extreme stress.

    Michael Murray is a charismatic and successful local politician, newly elected Leader of the City Council, poised to embark on a national career. An unscrupulous political opportunist surrounded by flunkies and yes-men, he has no friends, employs his elder brother Franky as an underpaid chauffeur, and scarcely remembers he has a wife and family at home.

    By contrast, Jim Nelson is rank-and-file, unambitious, high-principled, loyal to his many friends in the community, devoted to his job and to his wife and children.

    Michael is haunted by his past: by his humble birth, by the charismatic Union-leader father he never knew, by his classmates at school (and one sadistic little girl in particular), and most of all by the headmaster he blames for branding him a "loony" and sending him to a school for emotionally disturbed children.

    Jim is proud of his working-class roots, is nostalgic for the past, and… is headmaster of a school for emotionally disturbed children.

    Both believe they are being driven insane: Michael by a conspiracy he thinks he can unmask; Jim by something vague but terrible, inexorable, deadly, and having to do with bridges.

    Political agitators begin to drift into the area, led by the extreme-Left political theorist Mervyn Sloan and his two action men, Lou Barnes and Peter Grenville. When they convince Michael to call a Day of Action, the entire city comes to a standstill. Except for one small and insignificant site inadvertently overlooked by Murray's pickets: the school where Jim Nelson teaches.moreless