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Hollyoaks gets ready to celebrate 25th anniversary with some killer storylines!

Hollyoaks 25th anniversary

Hollyoaks gets ready to celebrate 25 years on air with spooky storylines, shock returns and a surprise proposal!

It's nearly time for Hollyoaks to celebrate its 25th anniversary and fans are in for a treat with twists, surprises and a seriously spooky storyline in store.

The special birthday episodes will be kicking off next week from Monday 19th October. See our Hollyoaks spoilers and TV Guide for full listings.

Hollyoaks 25th anniversary

Nick Pickard (pictured) who plays Tony Hutchinson is the longest-serving Hollyoaks cast member

The McQueen clan is left terrified when a macabre doll threatens to expose their darkest secrets if they fail to comply with its deadly demands. Who will end up paying the ultimate price?


A spooky speaking doll makes blackmail threats to the McQueen family

Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe), Theresa (Jorgie Porter), Goldie (Chelsee Healey) and John Paul (James Sutton) all take centre stage as the family scramble to protect each other’s secrets, or else face time in prison.

Hollyoaks 25 anniversary

Jennifer Metcalfe plays Mercedes McQueen

Meanwhile, Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) is reeling when his ‘dead’ pal Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards) returns to Hollyoaks after everyone believed Kurt had been killed 21 years ago in a jet ski accident.

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Kurt Benson in Hollyoaks

Kurt's shock return will be shown on Wednesday 21st October on E4 and Thursday 22nd October on Channel 4.

Hollyoaks 25 anniversary

Yazz Maalik (played by Haiesha Mistry) and Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) are part of the 25th anniversary celebrations

Elsewhere, Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) is speechless when Yasmine ‘Yazz’ Maalik (Haeisha Mistry) proposes to him in the centre of the village, but what will Tom's answer be?

Yazz and Tom in Hollyoaks

Yazz gets down on bended knee and proposes to Tom!

And to round up the celebrations on Friday 23 October, the first ever episode will be shown on E4 at 7pm, featuring a youthful Nick Pickard (the soaps longest serving cast member), Jeremy Edwards and Will Mellor (Jambo).

first ever episode of Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks class of 1995! The original line up

First broadcast in 1995, Hollyoaks began with a main cast of just seven actors and was written by show creator, Sir Phil Redmond, who was recently awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s honours.

Don't miss the special episodes. Go to Hollyoaks spoilers and TV Guide for full information and listings.

Hollyoaks is shown Mondays to Thursdays on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4. On Fridays ‘Hollyoaks Favourites’ is shown on E4 at 7pm featuring a re-run of a classic episode.

Tess Lamacraft
Senior Writer for What's On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite week,

Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.