Hollyoaks is a British soap opera which has been broadcast on Channel 4 since 23 October 1995. It was devised by Phil Redmond, who had also conceived the Channel 4 soap Brookside. The programme is set in the fictional village of Hollyoaks, a suburb of Chester, and is filmed at Lime Pictures in Childwall, Liverpool.
When Hollyoaks premiered, it aired just one episode weekly; it now airs five episodes a week. At its inception, the soap was targeted towards an adolescent and young adult audience, but now has broadened its appeal to all age groups. It has famously covered many taboo subjects rarely seen on British television. Beginning with a cast of fourteen characters, the serial now has upwards of fifty cast members. The longest-serving cast member is Nick Pickard, who plays Tony Hutchinson and has done since the very first episode.
The programme has won 39 British Soap Awards, 18 Inside Soap Awards, one TRIC Award and one National Television Award. Hollyoaks has won the award for "Best British Soap" at the British Soap Awards twice, in 2014 and 2019. Its win in 2014 broke the 15-year draw between rival soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street.