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Hollyoaks Favourites is a British television series that began airing on E4 from 29 March 2020. The series shows past episodes of Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, and was launched as a response to production on Hollyoaks being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to fill the slot of new episodes. The series will conclude on 15 January 2021, when the series returns to transmitting five weekly episodes.

Hollyoaks Favourites
GenreSoap opera
StarringLists of characters
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes
Original networkE4
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Original release29 March 2020 (2020-03-29) 
15 January 2021 (2021-01-15)
Related showsHollyoaks


On 22 March 2020, Channel 4 suspended production and filming of Hollyoaks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision was made to air classic episodes from 30 March, new episodes being broadcast was reduced from five to three, airing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. However, on 6 April, this was reduced again from three to two, airing Monday and Tuesday.[1]

The slots were known as Hollyoaks Favourites and each show is presented by a cast member that their character was key to the episode. Once there are enough episodes of Hollyoaks filmed, Hollyoaks Favourites will be replaced by Hollyoaks as it was intended to be a stopgap during the pandemic.[2] In July 2020, Hollyoaks Favourites was replaced by Hollyoaks@25, a series that explores moments from the first 25 years of the soap.[3]


Favourites air date Original air date Episode information Host
2 April 2020 18 June 2013 Mercedes McQueen's (Jennifer Metcalfe) Fourth Trip Down the Aisle.[4] Jorgie Porter
3 April 2020 19 June 2013 Mercedes McQueen's (Jennifer Metcalfe) marry Doctor Browning (Joseph Thompson).
8 April 2020 24 January 2017 Cameron Campbell (Cameron Moore) holds his family hostage.[5] Kieron Richardson
9 April 2020 18 May 2016 "Gloved Hand Killer" Lindsey Butterfield (Sophie Austin) vs Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle).
10 April 2020 25 June 2019 Laurie Shelby (Kyle Pryor) gets his comeuppance.
15 April 2020 25 September 2018 Mandy Richardson (Sarah Jayne Dunn) and Darren Osborne's (Ashley Taylor Dawson) affair is revealed. Jorgie Porter
16 April 2020 20 March 2013 Brendan Brady's (Emmett J. Scanlan) childhood abuse at the hands of Seamus Brady (Fintan McKeown) is uncovered leads to Cheryl Brady (Bronagh Waugh) killing Seamus. Kieron Richardson
17 April 2020 1 November 2019 Cleo McQueen (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin) discovers Mitchell Deveraux (Imran Adams) and Scott Drinkwell's (Ross Adams) affair. Jorgie Porter
22 April 2020 11 November 2014 Sienna Blake (Anna Passey), Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) and Patrick Blake's (Jeremy Sheffield) car chase plus Porsche McQueen (Twinnie Lee Moore) and Lockie Campbell's (Nick Rhys) wedding. Kieron Richardson
23 April 2020 12 November 2014 Wedding reception train crashes into Maxine Minniver's (Nikki Sanderson) car.
24 April 2020 18 October 2017 Aftermath of Yasmine Maalik (Haiesha Mistry) and Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnell) discovering Lily Drinkwell (Lauren McQueen) has been self-harming. Ruby O'Donnell
29 April 2020 15 August 2013 Nancy Osborne's (Jessica Fox) Rooftop Car Crash. Jessica Fox
30 April 2020 13 December 2013 Nancy Osborne (Jessica Fox) discovers Sienna Blake's (Anna Passey) fake pregnancy. Anna Passey
1 May 2020 10 October 2018 Cleo McQueen (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin) and Joel Dexter's (Rory Douglas-Speed) wedding is stopped when Cleo is rushed to hospital with bulimia nervosa. Jorgie Porter
6 May 2020 6 March 2018 Lily Drinkwell (Lauren McQueen) and Prince McQueen's (Malique Thompson-Dwyer) Wedding.[6]
7 May 2020 30 July 2014 Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield) and Maxine Minniver's (Nikki Sanderson) wedding ends when Maxine reveals Patrick abused her.
8 May 2020 25 May 2016 Trevor Royle (Greg Wood) gets stabbed by Nico Blake (Persephone Swales-Dawson) and dies after his wedding to Grace Black (Tamara Wall).
13 May 2020 22 May 2018 Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) vs Nico Blake (Persephone Swales-Dawson) vs Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) on the rooftop.
14 May 2020 30 October 2017 Mac Nightingale (David Easter) causes an explosion at Hollyoaks High School. Kieron Richardson
15 May 2017 31 October 2017 Mac Nightingale (David Easter) kills Neeta Kaur (Amrit Maghera) at Hollyoaks High School.
20 May 2020 27 December 2006 Clare Devine (Gemma Bissix) tries to kill Max Cunningham (Matt Littler).[7] Matt Littler
21 May 2020 Clare Devine (Gemma Bissix) tries to kill Max Cunningham (Matt Littler). Gemma Bissix
22 May 2020 19 September 2007 Clare Devine (Gemma Bissix) attempts revenge on Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) and Justin Burton (Chris Fountain). Jamie Lomas
27 May 2020 19 December 2012 Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) follows Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) to Dublin.[8] James Sutton
28 May 2020 20 December 2012 Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) reconciles with Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) in Dublin. Anna Passey
29 May 2020 21 March 2013 Aftermath of Cheryl Brady (Bronagh Waugh) killing Seamus Brady (Fintan McKeown) and Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) vs Armed Police. Kieron Richardson
3 June 2020 31 October 2011 Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle) decides that "Catwoman" Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) would be his next murder victim but Lynsey attacks him.[9] Bronagh Waugh
4 June 2020 1 November 2011 Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle) kills his daughter Heidi Costello (Kim Tiddy) by accident and holds Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) hostage. Jennifer Metcalfe
5 June 2020 2 November 2011 Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle) is arrested and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) goes into labour.
10 June 2020 14 November 2012 Build up to Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) and Cindy Cunningham's (Stephanie Waring) second wedding plus Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) and Ste Hay's (Kieron Richardson) civil partnership.[10] Kieron Richardson
11 June 2020 15 November 2012 Bus crashes into wedding venue after Leah Barnes (Elà-May Demircan) played on the road, Hollyoaks: Enjoy the Ride. Elà-May Demircan
12 June 2020 16 November 2012 Bus explodes killing Neil Cooper (Tosin Cole) and caused Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) to die, Building caves in and kills Rhys Ashworth (Andy Moss). Jazmine Franks
17 June 2020 16 May 2007 Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) and John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) sleep together.[11] James Sutton
18 June 2020 10 September 2007 Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) and Sarah Barnes' (Loui Batley) engagement becomes public. Jessica Fox
19 June 2020 11 September 2007 Sarah Barnes (Loui Batley) catches Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) and John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) in bed together. James Sutton
24 June 2020 18 December 1997 Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) hides her pregnancy from her family.[12] Sarah Jayne Dunn
25 June 2020 22 December 1997 On Christmas Day, Dawn Cunningham (Lisa Williamson) dies from leukaemia and Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) gives birth to her daughter Holly. Stephanie Waring
26 June 2020 29 December 1997 Dawn Cunningham's (Lisa Williamson) funeral, Gordon Cunningham (Bernard Latham) and Angela Cunningham (Liz Stooke) discover their daughter Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) secretly gives birth to Holly Cunningham on Christmas Day.
1 July 2020 26 June 2008 Myra McQueen (Nicole Barber-Lane) publicly reveals that her son John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) was sleeping with priest Kieron Hobbs (Jake Hendriks) whilst he was officiating Max Cunningham's (Matt Littler) wedding to Steph Dean (Carley Stenson).[13] James Sutton
2 July 2020 27 June 2008 Tom Cunningham (Ellis Hollins) plays on the road but a oncoming car is coming and Max Cunningham (Matt Littler) pushing him out of the way but Max gets hit by a car and dies on his wedding day to Steph Dean (Carley Stenson). Ellis Hollins
3 July 2020 30 June 2008 The village discovers Max Cunningham (Matt Littler) has died.
8 July 2020 11 May 2006 Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) and Mandy Richardson (Sarah Jayne Dunn) find out their daughter Grace is unconscious.[14] Nick Pickard
9 July 2020 12 May 2006 Grace Hutchinson dies from SIDS.
10 July 2020 23 October 2013 Diane O'Connor (Alex Fletcher) and Tegan Lomax (Jessica Ellis) both give birth. Alex Fletcher
15 July 2020 25 October 2000 Mark Gibbs (Colin Parry) and his accomplices are on trial for the rape of Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy).[15] Stephanie Waring
16 July 2020 26 October 2000 Mark Gibbs (Colin Parry) and his accomplices are on trial for the rape of Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy).
17 July 2020 26 October 2000 Mark Gibbs (Colin Parry) and his accomplices are found guilty and sentenced for the rape of Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy). Sarah Jayne Dunn
21 July 2020 5 September 2007 Hannah Ashworth (Emma Rigby) helps Melissa Hurst (Carla Chases) escapes hospital with anorexia but Melissa dies from anorexia. Andy Moss
22 July 2020 6 September 2007 Hannah Ashworth's (Emma Rigby) battle with anorexia. Jessica Fox
23 July 2020 21 September 2007 Hannah Ashworth's (Emma Rigby) anorexia relapse. James Sutton
24 July 2020 25 September 2007 Hannah Ashworth (Emma Rigby) collapse aftermath. Andy Moss


  1. Houghton, Rianne. "Hollyoaks stars Jorgie Porter and Kieron Richardson reveal their favourite episodes ahead of classic repeats". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  2. "Hollyoaks Favourites confirms which classic episodes will be aired next week". What's on TV. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. "Hollyoaks announces new series celebrating 25th anniversary". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
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