Why is Hollyoaks not on tonight?

It’s been a pretty dramatic time in Hollyoaks of late, what with Liam Donovan (Jude Monk McGowan)’s death, the arrival of Felix Westwood (Richard Blackwood) and other big storylines making themselves known.

And normally fans would be tuning in for their latest dose of action this evening, with the soap normally airing five nights a week from Monday to Friday.

Except it’s not actually in its usual timeslot on Channel 4 tonight – so just what’s going on?

Here’s what you need to know…

Why is Hollyoaks not on tonight?

Hollyoaks is absent from the airwaves tonight after having its weekly episodes cut back in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Production on the soap was suspended late last month – after fellow soaps EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale also shut down production – and episodes were initially cut back to three a week, although this was later reduced to twice weekly instalments.

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.’

While new episodes of Hollyoaks continue to air on Mondays and Tuesdays, E4 is making up for the loss by airing some classic episodes of the soap, kicking off tonight on E4 at 7pm.

When is Hollyoaks next on?

The soap returns to Channel 4 on Monday night at 6.30pm.

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