21st May 2013

Hollyoaks High Five at the British Soap Awards 2013

It was a fantastic night for Hollyoaks at the British Soap Awards ceremony held in Manchester recently. The show picked up an amazing haul of five awards from the total of 16 that were up for grabs.

Claire CooperTwo of the much coveted awards won by the programme were voted by the viewing public and saw Claire Cooper walk away with the Best Actress title and actor Danny Mac win the accolade for Sexiest Male.

The other three awards won by Hollyoaks were voted for by a panel of TV industry insiders and saw wins in the following categories, Spectacular Scene for our Bus Crash stunt, Joseph Thompson winning the Best Newcomer award for his portrayal of the murderous Dr Browning and Best On – Screen Partnership awarded to Kieron Richardson and Emmett J Scanlan for the often turbulent but deeply touching relationship between their characters Ste Hay and Brendan Brady.

Hollyoaks successes at the awards proved the show’s popularity with both viewers and critics alike.

Kieron and Emmett

Danny Mac

Bus crash cast

The cast say thanks to everyone who 'Did The H' and voted:

More on the E4 Hollyoaks website



10th May 2013

Hollyoaks storyline aims to raise cancer awareness

Hollyoaks has recently linked – up with cancer charities Macmillan and Cancer Research UK in highlighting the important issue of testicular cancer. In a gripping storyline to be aired over coming months, character Tony Hutchinson will be seen battling the condition. Each year, roughly 2100 men are diagnosed with the malignancy. The hope is that the storyline will raise awareness of the illness.

Tony Hutchinson

Tony Hutchinson played by Nick Pickard

Viewers have so far seen popular character Tony Hutchinson’s world get turned upside down when in early May he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Tony (played by actor Nick Pickard) hides his illness from partner Diane O’Connor (played by Alex Fletcher) and in coming week’s struggles to come to terms with the fight he faces against the disease.

Hollyoaks have worked closely with the two cancer charities in researching the storyline and Nick Pickard was recently joined by cancer expert Dr Kat Arney and testicular cancer patient Darren Couchman in an interview on ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show.

Speaking of the story line, Nick said: “I am really excited and hugely honoured to be involved in this upcoming storyline for Tony. As an actor you really want to portray dramatic stories that you can really get your teeth into and that strike a chord with the audience. Tony’s diagnosis will certainly challenge me as an actor and I hope will raise awareness of this particular type of male cancer”.

For more information on Testicular Cancer, please visit:

Macmillan Cancer Support

For more information or to donate visit or call 0808 808 00 00.

Cancer Research UK

They have a helpline number with specialist nurses. The nurses number is 0808 800 4040 and the website is:

8th May 2013

Derek McLean joins Lime Pictures

Lime Pictures announces the appointment of Derek McLean as Head of Non-Scripted Programming for the business. Derek will be based in the company’s London office and will oversee all of Lime’s non-scripted output and development projects within this genre.

Derek’s appointment completes the newly formed creative leadership team at Lime Pictures which will drive growth in three key areas of strength for the company. Bryan Kirkwood is Head of Continuing Drama, Rebecca Hodgson is Head of Drama and non-scripted will now be led by Derek McLean. All three Creative Heads will report to joint Managing Directors Kate Little and Claire Poyser.

Derek McLean is currently Creative Director for Entertainment at the BBC where his role has been to drive the creative ambition and the various development slates of the department across all BBC channels. In the last 18 months he has overseen the development and launch of a variety of Entertainmentformats for prime-time and quiz: including "That Puppet Game show" for Saturday nights on BBC One, which is a new collaboration with The Jim Henson Company in Los Angeles; new quiz format, "Beat The Pack"; and “Cashpoint” – a new dual screen quiz format. He has also developed several comedy entertainment formats starring great British comedy Talent, including BBC Three’s Comic Relief show Big Chat with Graham Norton.

Prior to the BBC, Derek was Head of Objective North, where his commissions included the BBC One hit John Bishop's Britain and E4's comedy reality smash, Tool Academy.

In the last decade, he has been part of the launch of a number of other shows, including: Would I Lie To You? (BBC One); Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe (BBC Two) and Channel 4's irreverent sketch show, Tramadol Nights.

During his career, Derek has worked as a series and executive producer at Endemol, RDF & ITV studios. He has produced and executive produced some of the biggest brands on television including Big Brother (Channel 4), I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV), Strictly Dance Fever (BBC One), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and The Match (Sky One). He is expected to join Lime Pictures in August 2013.

Joint Managing Directors Claire Poyser and Kate Little comment, “We are thrilled that Derek has accepted the opportunity to join us at Lime Pictures during a very exciting time. His strong breadth of experience and knowledge across genres and broadcasters will be a huge asset to the business. We now have a first class team in place to grow the business both locally and internationally as we strengthen our links with the US and beyond.”

Derek McLean comments, “I am delighted to be returning to the All3media family and joining Lime at such an exciting point in the company's evolution. With genre-busting shows like TOWIE & Geordie Shore on the slate, there's already a fantastic pedigree to build on. At BBC Entertainment, I have been no stranger to fake tan and sparkle, thanks to shows like Strictly Come Dancing. But I truly believe that Lime might just be the only production company in the UK with a deeper tan-line, so I think I'll feel quite at home.”

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