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The suggestions came from Grange Hill viewers but Redmond was unable to pursue the idea at the time due to his production commitments with another successful television drama serial, Brookside.

In the early 1990s UK television broadcaster Channel 4 sought ideas from independent production companies for a serial to be aimed at a teenage audience.

Originally broadcast as one episode per week, in 2011 it is being shown five times weekly.

Audience numbers have varied over its lifespan, with viewing figures well below one million being contrasted with highs of four million.

In October 2008 it was announced that Kirkwood had decided to quit and that his deputy, Lucy Allan, would take over the role, although it was not until 1 June 2009 that she was credited as executive producer on screen because of filming lead times.

In October 2009 the series came under the media spotlight for airing scenes that involved Rae Wilson (Alice Barlow) and Barry Newton (Nico Mirallegro) attempting to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge into water below.

The premise of the serial at its inception was to focus on seven teenagers living in the city of Chester, and in particular to deal with teenage rites of passage.By March 2000, Redmond had handed over his production responsibilities to Jo Hallows and in that year a series of open auditions were held around the country using the title On The Pull.The number of attendees was far in excess of anticipations - indeed, there were thousands - but it is claimed Helen Noble also left but agreed to return for four more episodes in 2005 and has claimed that the possibility of returning again remains open.Hollyoaks began airing on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 23 October 1995.The target audience was that of teenagers and it initially dramatised the lives of seven of that age group who lived in Hollyoaks, a fictional suburb in the city of Chester in Cheshire, England.

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