Hollyoaks reduces weekly episodes again to two amid Coronavirus pandemic

Hollyoaks has once again reduced its weekly transmissions amid the Coronavirus pandemic — with only two episodes set to air from the week commencing April 6.

The Channel 4 soap had previously cut its weekly transmissions from five to three in an effort to ensure it remained on the air for as long as possible after production was halted amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a new development, the Chester-set soap will now broadcast only two instalments a week from April 6 — airing on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Channel 4’s director of programming Ian Katz said in a statement: “The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous creative challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face.’

Last week, it was revealed that production on Hollyoaks would continue, but the weekly episodes had been reduced from five to three. However, the soap ultimately decided to shut down production a few days later.

A spokesperson for the show said in a statement: ‘Dear Hollyoaks viewers. It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to pause filming of Hollyoaks.

‘From Monday 30th March, we will be reducing the number of our weekly new episodes from five down to three, which will air Monday to Wednesday. To make sure we stay on air every week night, fans can look forward to extra special episodes every Thursday and Friday on E4.

We will remain as present as ever on our social platforms so please keep in touch with us here, stay safe and take care of yourselves. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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‘We begin a brand new series of ‘Hollyoaks Favourites’. Introduced by Kieron Richardson and Jorgie Porter, this series will give viewers a chance to revisit some of our biggest episodes, from weddings, bust-ups, heartbreaks and some of our biggest and best stunts.’

Hollyoaks will begin airing two episodes a week from April 6.

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