Boss says there’s no fear for Hollyoaks’ future

Hollyoaks‘ new boss Paul Marquess has played down suggestions that the show is facing the axe.

The Channel 4 soap pulled in 640,000 viewers one night this year, believed to be its lowest ratings for its 6.30pm audience, but enjoyed more than a million viewers for other episodes that week.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the series producer said the idea of ending the show is ‘bizarre’.

He said: “It is important for Lime Pictures and for Liverpool to keep Hollyoaks as strong as it is. I’ve had no meetings with Channel 4 about ratings.”

Paul, who has famously axed a string of characters as part of his shake-up, said: “When I left The Bill (in 2005) one of the production staff thanked me for saving their jobs. It is a big responsibility.

“It’s all about word of mouth. I knew The Bill was doing well when I heard a group of girls talking about an episode on the Tube.

“It is an exciting time for Hollyoaks and there is already a real buzz on site.”

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