|Created by||Bryan Kirkwood|
|Starring||Series 1 cast
Series 2 cast
Series 3 cast
Series 4 cast
Series 5 cast
Series 6 cast
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||30 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Lucy Allan (series 1)
Bryan Kirkwood (series 2)
Paul Marquess (series 3)
Claire Fryer (series 4)
Jane Steventon (series 5 - 6)
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||24 November 2008 – present|
Hollyoaks Later (originally Late Night Hollyoaks) is a British television spin-off of the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks. The series began in 2008 and since then has become an annual event for the soap. The series returns every September and takes place over five consecutive nights on E4. As the title suggests, the late night series allows for more sexual content, 'edgier' storylines and stronger language.
Hollyoaks Later was devised after Hollyoaks had improved ratings. Tony Wood, creative director of Lime Pictures the production company of Hollyoaks, explained that it was decided that Hollyoaks would be expanded on because of its increased audience. Camilla Campbell, the commissioning editor for drama at Channel 4, said that Hollyoaks had grown up in "eyes of the viewers" and had begun being taken seriously by the television industry and critics. This meant that a late night slot for Hollyoaks allows for writers and producers to take "the drama to another level and be more daring with adult storylines, whilst also keeping the fun playfulness that Hollyoaks fans love". The series is darker in tone than parent show Hollyoaks and "explores issues difficult to dramatise in-depth before the watershed". Lime Pictures described the show and its purpose saying that "the series delves deeper into the lives, loves and misdemeanours of the Hollyoaks regulars, shedding their teen image as they look to find their feet away from the Village".
On 5 June 2008 it was announced that a spin-off of Hollyoaks had been commissioned and would begin filming in September to transmit in November. It was confirmed the series would air on a post watershed slot on E4 for five episodes of one hour airing consecutively over five nights. It was revealed that four storylines would occur throughout the series: Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) returns to save Steph Dean (Carley Stenson) during a cliff-top confrontation, an unlikely marriage between Malachy Fisher (Glen Wallace) and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe), the debut gig of Hollyoaks' band the Dirty Diegos and the students of Hollyoaks Community College go on a road trip.
On 3 August 2009 it was revealed Hollyoaks Later had been recommissioned for a second series to air in September. The series again follows four storylines: siblings Hannah (Emma Rigby), Josh (Sonny Flood) and Rhys (Andrew Moss) go to a music festival, Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) and Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) marry, Sarah Barnes (Loui Batley), Zoe Carpenter (Zoë Lister) and Lydia Hart (Lydia Kelly) go to boot camp which ends with "nightmare consequences" and Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) and Michaela McQueen (Hollie-Jay Bowes) go to London. On the series, producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "We've selected some of the best loved Hollyoaks characters, put them in romantic, funny and dangerous situations and I'm hoping viewers love the result".
On 19 April 2010 it was announced that Hollyoaks Later had been commissioned for a third series to air in October. Paul Marquess produced the series and explained that it had been "seamlessly integrated" with the main show. Roberto Troni, Channel 4 commissioning editor, said the storylines "will be a cocktail of fun, glamour and grown-up drama".
On 4 March 2011 it was confirmed that Hollyoaks Later would return for a fourth series to air in September. Hollyoaks series editor Claire Fryer produced the series working alongside Hollyoaks executive producer Tony Wood and Carolyn Reynolds.
On 18 May 2012 it was announced that Hollyoaks Later had again been recommissioned, with a fifth series due to air in September. Characters to be involved were revealed to include Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan), Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton) and Hollyoaks Sixth Form College students. Producer Emma Smithwick revealed that the storylines had been in the planning process for a while. She added that the episodes "will give the characters a whole new playing field in terms of how we tell their tales". Marianne Buckland, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said that the series "represents the next turn of the wheel for the brand and promises a glossier, more grown up feel. By their very nature, the lateness of Later allows us to be that little bit more risky and with Brendan Brady at the helm, a character so suited to a post-watershed stint, this year is more dark and dangerous than ever".
A sixth series of the spin off was announced on 12 June 2013. Long term character Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) will be reunited with former friends Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards) and Rory "Finn" Finnigan (James Redmond) as well as his brother Dom Reilly (John Pickard) "on an epic ride of Hangover-style proportions". They will also be joined by Trevor Royle (Greg Wood) and guest star Danny Dyer.  Other storylines include Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks), Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon), Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) and Holly Cunningham (Wallis Day) celebrating an 18th birthday "...in a rip-roaring plot as they all find danger in a cabin in the woods." Meanwhile, Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) will join up with a new recruit of the McQueen clan on a wild road trip. Jane Steventon, who took charge of last year's successful series, will once again be the show's producer. The series will be executive produced by Hollyoaks boss Bryan Kirkwood. Kirkwood commented: "We are very happy to announce the commissioning of series six of Hollyoaks Later. It is a returning series that gives an annual late night treat to loyal Hollyoaks fans."
For each series of Hollyoaks Later cast members from Hollyoaks are selected by the producer of Hollyoaks Later to appear as their characters.
Bronagh Waugh was cast as Cheryl while Melissa Walton was cast as Loretta Jones for guest roles in the first series. Shortly after their roles series producer Lucy Allan introduced them as series regulars in Hollyoaks. Karen Hassan also appeared in a guest role in the first series of Hollyoaks Later as Lynsey. Two years after her role in Hollyoaks Later Hassan reprised the role and was introduced to Hollyoaks by series producer Paul Marquess. For the second series Nicola Stapleton was cast in a guest role as the friend of Cindy Cunningham, Savannah. Alison Burrows was also cast as the mother of Theresa McQueen, Kathleen McQueen, for an role in the second series of Hollyoaks Later which was planned to introduce the character before she joined Hollyoaks in a regular role.
The first series featured a cameo from British girl group The Saturdays. Singer Bonnie Tyler was asked to appear in the second series for a cameo role which she initially rejected before being persuaded to appear when offered a singing role. For the fifth series British rapper Lethal Bizzle wast cast in a cameo role playing himself in scenes which featured him performing for a special VIP gig which Hollyoaks fans were offered the chance to attend.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||24 November 2008||28 November 2008||5|
|2||28 September 2009||2 October 2009||5|
|3||25 October 2010||29 October 2010||5|
|4||5 September 2011||10 September 2011||5|
|5||17 September 2012||21 September 2012||5|
|6||7 October 2013||11 October 2013||5|
Rebecca Bowden of Yahoo! said that she "absolutely love[s] the late night 'Hollyoaks' episodes and although they can often be filled with plotlines that verge precariously on the unbelievable side, they are also always packed full of drama, emotion and more explosive content than can be broadcast during the show's usual earlier weekday slot".
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