Hollyoaks has announced a brand new documentary celebrating the soap’s representation of LGBT+ issues over its 22 years on screen – which includes the return of a very familiar face.
Fan favourite Emmett J Scanlan, who played the iconic Brendan Brady, is taking part in Hollyoaks: Pride, available to watch on Channel 4 streaming service All4 from Saturday 24 June.
Looking back at some of the soap’s most famous and groundbreaking moments, it’s narrated by Hollyoaks’ biggest LGBT heroes past and present, including Scanlan and Kieron Richardson, beloved by fans as ‘Stendan’, as the iconic pairing of their characters Ste Hay and Brendan Brady was coined, as well as a host of influential LGBT figures.
The one-off documentary is part of the channel’s season 50 Shades of Gay season which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
There’s also a chance to raid the Hollyoaks archives for classic LGBT-focused episodes in specially curated boxsets also available on All4, including Ste and Brendan in Dublin, John Paul and Craig’s first kiss, Kim and Esther’s first ever soap lesbian wedding and Sally’s transition story.
Richardson, who, along with husband Carl Hyland, recently announced the birth of twins Chase and Phoebe Rae by surrogate, is also working on a documentary exploring parenting in the LGBT+ community for transmission later this year.
Hollyoaks executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “Channel 4 was created to give a voice to a minority audience so I think it’s incredibly important that Hollyoaks, as C4s flagship drama, gives that voice to LGBT+ viewers.”
Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.
You can watch a preview of Hollyoaks: Pride, featuring the on-screen reunion of Scanlan and Richardson, below: