Humour and heartbreak as Hollyoaks goes Later for a fifth series

The post-watershed soap spin-off will return to E4 for a new series in the autumn


Hollyoaks Later will return to E4 for a fifth series later this year.


A new run of the post-watershed Hollyoaks spin-off is currently in pre-production and is due to air over the course of five nights during the autumn.

Hollyoaks producer Emma Smithwick said: “I am so excited for Hollyoaks Later this year. We have been planning the stories for a while and so the late nights will give the characters a whole new playing field in terms of how we tell their tales.

“Expect a lot of humour and heartbreak for some of the 6th form boys, a good dose of Brady related darkness and a wild excursion for Mitzeee.”

The last series of Holloaks Later was broadcast over a week in September 2011 and its final episode attracted a total audience 946,000 viewers.

Darker in tone than Hollyoaks, Later explores issues difficult to dramatise in-depth before the watershed.  In the past the show has dealt with themes including HIV, kidnapping and organised crime.

Marianne Buckland, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 said, “This series of Hollyoaks Later 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.”