Channel 4 Soap Hollyoaks Now Available to Stream Internationally on YouTube

  • Date: 28th May 2024
  • Channel 4

Hollyoaks has become the first UK soap to be available in YouTube territories worldwide.

The ground-breaking move will, from this week, allow fans around the globe to follow the continuing dram by streaming full sequential episodes for free.

It follows the successful launch of full episodes on YouTube in the UK last year, as part of the move to a stream-first model.

The international launch will follow the same pattern as the UK – with daily episodes available one week after their TX on Channel 4-streaming.

The episodes will be available on the Hollyoaks official YouTube channel.

International viewers will join Hollyoaks at Pride celebrations, where amidst fear about Conversion Therapy being practised within the village, Kitty sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ to the crowd.

There will be 20 episodes in total for viewers to stream before joining the same daily drop pattern as UK YouTube subscribers.

The popular continuing drama produced by Lime Pictures, part of All3Media, had previously been available on American streaming platform Hulu.

While available on YouTube it will allow those fans access to their Hollyoaks fix and reach new audiences across YouTube’s footprint, where Hollyoaks is not otherwise available.

The award-winning drama has been on the air since October 1995, and over the years has amassed critical recognition for its daring issue-storylines, much-loved characters, and youthful outlook.



Recent viewing figures revealed that Channel 4 flagship digital-first soap has seen nearly 40% YOY growth in streaming views per episode in the first quarter of this year.

The youth skewing show has also seen its social media views rocket, with Snapchat increasing by 350% YOY and TikTok up by 116%.

Full length episodes on YouTube in the UK and Ireland alone saw 5.8M minutes of watch time in Q1 2024 with 67% of views coming from 13 – 34-year-olds.

Lime Pictures Joint Managing Director, Kate Little said: “Hollyoaks is always synonymous with digital firsts and I am delighted that the show’s global audience will now be able to find and watch episodes when they want on YouTube.

“With a proven track record of enticing younger viewers with gripping storytelling and engaging characters, this digitally-led offering of episodes will allow new and existing audiences worldwide to get their Hollyoaks fix with ease.”

Channel 4 announced that its in-house social agency 4Studio had driven a three-fold year on year increase in UK viewing of full episodes of UK viewing of full episodes of TV shows in Q1 and it’s made-for-social network Channel 4.0.

Matt Risley, Managing Director, 4Studio said: “We’re hugely excited to see Hollyoaks’ continual growth on YouTube, and this innovative move towards global distribution will only supercharge it further. YouTube is a core viewing platform for young viewers in the UK and abroad, so there’s no better place for us to be reaching new audiences with the best soap on TV.”


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Hollyoaks will stream internationally starting from episode 6363, E4 TX Tuesday 20TH April. Written by Shaun Kitchener. Directed by Tim Courtney

PRIDE COME BEFORE A FALL – John Paul goes to the police and warns them there is an attack planned, Zoe warns JP that Conversion Therapy is not illegal but that they will increase police presence. Lucas tries to make amends with Dillon. John Paul and Sally attend Pride celebrations together after she reassures him. Kitty launches Anita Tinkle at Pride, JP panics at a stranger in the crowd.  Prince and Hunter hit the decks and Kitty and Sally push for Pride to carry on. Kitty sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ to the Pride audience.



Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool and London, produces world-class, cutting-edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to kids scripted to Channel 4’s multi- award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks. With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.


Lime Pictures’ extensive catalogue of programming includes worldwide Netflix hits Dance

Monsters, Zero Chill and double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, Hollyoaks for Channel 4, Vinnie Jones: In The Country for Discovery+, Match Me in Miami for ROKU, and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITVX. Productions for Paramount+ include Geordie Shore (the highest rated series outside of North America), Geordie OGs, True Love or True Lies, Love at First Lie: Who’s A Couple and Who’s A Con and Are You The One? UK. Lime Pictures also produces E4’s highly successful Celebs Go Dating as well as ITVX’s Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps and Drama Queens.





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