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Hollyoaks Plans Special Disability Episode To Air In New Year

November 6, 2018

Hollyoaks has announced plans to air a special episode that celebrates the diversity of the village.

The ground-breaking episode will air in the new year, and will see Mandy and Darren face the most difficult decision of their lives regarding the health of their unborn baby.

This episode will play out as the village holds a charity event celebrating the diversity of the soap’s many characters with disabilities and additional needs.

Hollyoaks has grown into one of the most diverse shows on television and our disability visibility reflects that,” executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said.

“The Hollyoaks team’s presentation at Channel 4’s Disability Conference was a celebration of all the trailblazing work that goes on behind the scenes and on-screen. We have two exceptionally talented leading actors with disabilities or additional needs in Amy Conachan, who is a wheelchair user, and Talia Grant, who has autism.

“It’s important to us that both Amy and Talia star in huge Hollyoaks stories rather than fade into the background. The heightened world of Hollyoaks is an equal opportunities disaster zone where everyone can fall in love or get caught up in the latest stunt.”

Amy Conachan plays Courtney Campbell in the soap, while Talia Grant joined as Brooke Hathaway earlier this year.

Speaking of the special episode, archivist Laura Halligan teased what audiences can expect, including a real-life signing choir – which Oscar Osborne (Noah Holdsworth) is a part of – as well as appearances from a number of charities who have advised on the script and will “play a role” in the event too.

“Brooke plays a pivotal role in reassuring Oscar about this performance, giving him the confidence he needs to shine,” she explained.

“The episode is as heart breaking as it is heart-warming as we explore the hardships and joys of living with a disability, whilst celebrating the diversity of our cast.”

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