Hollyoaks to include real-life COVID bubbles for Christmas episodes

Hollyoaks will include real life COVID bubbles for Christmas episodes.

The Channel 4 soap will make use of cast members’ real-life family members as supporting artists for this year’s festive instalments, so that viewers can see grandparents hugging their grandkids at Christmas — much like Love Actually’s emotional ending.

There will be a day of shooting with diverse family groups or those in bubbles so that viewers get a sense of community. The episodes in question will feature families, school friends and couples going about their day-to-day lives, as per the real world.

The scenes — which will be shot in the coming weeks — will not only feature in Christmas episodes, but will also be used in the regular outings too.

Hollyoaks was forced to shut down production amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and episodes were rationed out in order to keep it on air. The serial drama ultimately went off the air for a month and a half, but returned with a bang on September 7.

The soap is currently filming under strict government guidelines, and thus cast members have to stay two-metres apart.

However, camera trickery and CGI has been utilised in order to ensure that the drama remains at the forefront of the soap.

Cast members’ real-life partners are also being brought in for kissing scenes.

Hollyoaks celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, with a series of special episodes that are not to be missed.


In fact, if you simply cannot get enough of the eponymous village, then you can enjoy an hour of Hollyoaks-related drama tonight, with an episode on Channel 4, following but first-look on E4, and a Come Dine With Me Special!

Hollyoaks continues Monday October 19 at 7pm on E4. Hollyoaks Does Come Dine With Me airs Monday October 19 at 7pm on E4.

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