Hollyoaks is set to revisit the harrowing saga of schoolgirl Lisa Hunter’s (Gemma Atkinson) self harm ordeal as part of its [email protected] season in the run up to the show’s big anniversary.
A week of episodes – presented by Ruby O’Donnell (Peri) and Haiesha Mistry (Yasmine), who were central to a more recent group self harm storyline – will air from the early 2000s.
Gemma – who is also known for her role as Carly Hope in Emmerdale – was first cast in 2001 and appeared in the show until 2005 but her topical self harm storyline is her most remembered plot.
Lisa was popular at school, much to the dislike of jealous Steph Dean (Carley Stenson), who then began to bully her. Sick of the bullying and after some family problems, Lisa turned to self-harming.
Lisa kept her secret from everyone until Brian Drake found the cuts on her arms and legs and assumed she was being abused and called a social worker.
Lisa then admitted to self harming. She beings to see a counsellor and her life slowly returns to normal.
The storyline was revisited when Steph continued her relentless bullying campaign later and Lisa headed to the edge. But when Steph was eventually confronted about her behaviour, she saw the error of her ways and made amends with Lisa.
Following the success of Hollyoaks Favourites, from Monday 27 July on E4 at 7pm, [email protected] will showcase the most talked about storylines – one must-watch week for every five years it has been on air.
The first era will be looking at the years 1995-2000, kicking off with the soap’s first ever huge stunt, and its first ever villain, Rob Hawthorne, as it journeys back to 1999.
A young Tony, Lewis, Ruth and Lucy are in serious danger as they are being held captive in a huge water tank. How will they escape Rob’s evil plan of vengeance?
The first week of episodes will be presented by longest-serving cast member, Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson) and Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen). Together, they discuss the episodes to come ahead of the birthday, while socially distancing on the show’s set.
Talking about the new series, Nick Pickard said: ‘It is so lovely being back on set, and seeing all of my fellow co-stars, and what better way to return than to host a new special birthday series with the lovely Jennifer Metcalfe? Although it’s been so difficult to remember my scripts after all this time, I’m a bit rusty…!
‘I can’t believe it’s been as long as 25 years. After my first call back for Tony Hutchinson, I would never have guessed that I would still be here all these years later. ‘Things are a lot different on set – the change is definitely noticeable, but there’s no better feeling than being back – it’s home. There are lots of exciting throwbacks in store for [email protected], so keep your eyes peeled.’
Jennifer Metcalfe added: ‘I for one am proper excited for [email protected], and to get to do the first set of intros with the legendary Nick, who plays Tony, was just brilliant. It was lovely to see Nick again, even if we were two metres apart.
‘I was made up that Hollyoaks Favourites was so successful and loved that it kicked off with Dr Browning and Mercedes – one of my favourite couplings ever. I’m glad to be announcing [email protected] as I’m really looking forward to seeing week long sets of episodes, era by era, and it’s going right back to the start too.’
[email protected] will be aired during the usual weekday Hollyoaks slot Monday to Friday on E4 at 7pm, from 27th July for five weeks this summer.
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