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2016 was Hollyoaks's twenty-second year of production.
Bryan Kirkwood remained in the role of executive producer for a fifth year. Iain MacLeod departed as series producer in April, Di Burrows departed in July, Emily Gascoyne was promoted to "senior series producer" in October, with Vikki Tennant joining as series producer in the same month.
This year saw the Loveday family find the real Lisa Loveday (their daughter who had been missing since 2001), the conclusion of The Gloved Hand Killer storyline, Jade Albright and Alfie Nightingale facing another cancer battle, and Eva Falco seeking revenge on her uncle, Jack Osborne.
Characters debuting included Mac Nightingale's son James and wife Marnie, the Donovan family, the real Lisa Loveday, Cameron Campbell's cousin Courtney, as well as Goldie McQueen and her twin sons Prince and Hunter McQueen. Silas Blissett returned in January, Amy Barnes returning in April (with her fiancé Ryan Knight arriving in August), Warren Fox in May 2016, Warren's son Joel Dexter in September, Cindy Cunningham's sister Jude in October, and O.B. in November.
Lockie Campbell departed in January after being murdered by his brother Cameron whilst Patrick Blake was murdered by granddaughter Nico Blake the same month, Theresa McQueen left with her children in March, Jason and Robbie Roscoe leaving for South Africa in March, Lindsey Roscoe was murdered by Silas Blissett (who went back on the run) in May, Trevor Royle was murdered by Nico Blake and Ben Bradley imprisoned for his murder in May, with Pete Buchanan and Reenie McQueen both receiving custodial sentences in June, Nico Blake "dying" and Joe Roscoe dying in the fairground disaster in November, Joanne Cardsley receiving a prison sentence and Celine McQueen dying at the hands of Cameron in December.
- 5th January - After changing his mind about killing himself to frame Maxine Blake for his murder, Patrick Blake is smothered to death with a pillow by his granddaughter, Nico Blake.
- 6th January - Maxine Minniver and Darren Osborne hide Patrick Blake's body in the city wall.
- 12th January - Mac Nightingale's son and Cindy Cunningham's divorce solicitor, James Nightingale, arrives in the village. (First appearance of the character)
- 19th January - Preparing to leave the village, Lockie Campbell is run over and kidnapped by his brother, Cameron, and goes missing. (Final appearance of Lockie)
- 20th January - Trevor Royle is visited in prison by Silas Blissett, who is using the false identity of "Mr. E Mann". (First appearance of Silas since 2012)
- 26th January - Jade Albright finds out she has cancer.
- 1st February - Marnie Nightingale arrives in the village to help her son, James, take down Mac Nightingale. (First appearance of the character)
- 4th February - Lindsey Roscoe tries to kill Esther Bloom.
- 23rd February - Jason Roscoe and Holly Cunningham marry.
- 25th February - Kim Butterfield is arrested for the attempted murder of Freddie Roscoe.
- 26th February - Lindsey Roscoe frames Kim Butterfield for her murders and attempted murders.
- 2nd March - Alfie Nightingale finds a lump.
- 7th March - Theresa McQueen collapses after being poisoned by Nico Blake.
- 8th March - Nico Blake stabs Sienna Blake.
- 10th March - Sienna Blake confesses to Trevor Royle that Nico Blake killed Carly Bradley.
- 11th March - Theresa McQueen leaves the village with her daughter Kathleen-Angel, almost leaving behind her other daughter, Myra-Pocahontas Savage-McQueen. (Final appearances of Myra, last appearance of Theresa until 2020 and Kathleen-Angel until 2021)
- 15th March - Sally St. Claire is revealed to be John Paul McQueen's biological father.
- 24th March - Alfie Nightingale finds out that his cancer is back.
- 28th March - Liam Donovan arrives in the village. Jason and Robbie Roscoe leave the village for South Africa. Whilst racing to the airport, a drunk Holly Cunningham crashes her car into Nathan Nightingale and Rachel Hardy's car before colliding with a tower. (First appearance of Liam and final appearances of Jason and Robbie)
- 29th March - Nathan Nightingale rescues Cleo McQueen from Holly Cunningham's crashed car before it is crushed by a large container. Rachel Hardy is killed when Nathan's car catches fire and explodes.
- 5th April - Mercedes McQueen and Cindy Savage discover that Lindsey Roscoe is the Gloved Hand Killer.
- 6th April - Adam and Jesse Donovan arrive in the village. (First appearance of the characters)
- 19th April - Rachel Hardy's funeral takes place.
- 27th April - Amy Barnes returns to the village upon discovering that Ste McQueen and Harry Thompson are homeless. (First appearance of the character since 2014)
- 29th April - Louis and Simone see their missing daughter, Lisa, after 15 years. (First appearance of the character)
- 9th May - Sienna Blake and Ben Bradley marry.
- 12th May - Cameron Campbell is revealed to have murdered his brother, Lockie, as he dumps Lockie's body in a lake.
- 17th May - Lindsey Roscoe gives birth to a daughter. (First appearance of Lexi)
- 18th May - Lindsey Roscoe is strangled to death by Silas Blissett, who goes on the run afterwards. (Final appearance of Lindsey and last appearance of Silas until 2020)
- 19th May - John Paul McQueen finds out Sally St. Claire is his biological father.
- 25th May - On the day of his wedding to Grace Black, Trevor Royle is stabbed by Nico Bradley. After saying “I do”, Trevor collapses and dies in Grace's arms. (Final appearance of Trevor)
- 26th May - Ben Bradley confesses to the murder of Trevor Royle to protect Nico Bradley. Warren Fox makes a phone call after being transferred to a prison in Chester. (First appearance of Warren since 2011)
- 27th May - James Nightingale visits his client, Warren Fox, in prison. Sienna Bradley visits Ben Bradley in prison and Ben confesses to her that Nico Bradley killed Trevor Royle. (Final appearance of Ben)
- 30th May - Cleo McQueen appears in court for the manslaughter of Rachel Hardy. She receives a fine and driving ban after the charge is reduced to driving without due care.
- 14th June - Trevor Royle's funeral takes place.
- 15th June - D.S. Gavin Armstrong arrives in the village, taking over the investigation into Patrick Blake's disappearance from D.S. Thorpe. (First appearance of the character)
- 20th June - Myra McQueen falls down a flight of stairs during a confrontation with Sally St. Claire.
- 21st June - Myra McQueen discovers that she's pregnant.
- 23rd June - Reenie McQueen is released from prison.
- 27th June - Pete Buchanan's trial for the grooming and sexual activity with an underage Cleo McQueen begins.
- 28th June - After being intimidated by Pete Buchanan, Reenie McQueen attacks Pete with a glass bottle in a court room, she is arrested & taken to prison.
- 29th June - Pete Buchanan is found guilty of grooming and engaging in sexual activity with the underage Cleo McQueen, and is sentenced to seven years imprisonment, Reenie McQueen is informed of Pete's imprisonment. (Last appearance of Pete until 2018)
- 30th June - Cleo McQueen visits her mother, Reenie, in prison and informs her of Pete Buchanan's imprisonment. (Final appearance of Reenie)
- 1st July - Maxine Minniver's fiancé 'Mike Jones' is revealed to be Warren Fox.
- 6th July - Mac Nightingale attacks Jesse Donovan.
- 7th July - Leela Roscoe finds out she's pregnant.
- 13th July - Diane Hutchinson leaves the village to accept a job in France. (Last appearance of Diane until 2017)
- 20th July - Esther Bloom proposes to Kim Butterfield, who accepts.
- 4th August - Kim Butterfield and Esther Bloom marry.
- 5th August - Joanne Cardsley’s mother, Janet, dies of Alzheimer’s disease.
- 10th August - Joe Roscoe proposes to Mercedes McQueen, who accepts.
- 11th August - Mike Barnes returns to the village to visit his daughter, Amy. (First appearance of the character since 2010)
- 12th August - Amy Barnes’s fiancée, Ryan Knight, arrives in the village. (First appearance of the character)
- 17th August - John Paul McQueen gets hit by Nancy Osborne's car.
- 29th August - Cameron Campbell’s cousin, Courtney, arrives in the village, beginning work at Hollyoaks High School. (First appearance of the character)
- 1st September - Peri Lomax and Nico Bradley discover Patrick Blake's body in the woods.
- 5th September - Maxine Minniver discovers that she's pregnant.
- 8th September - Warren Fox is reunited with his son, Joel Dexter. (First appearance of the character since 2013)
- 9th September - Patrick Blake appears as a vision to his daughter, Sienna, who imagines spending Christmas with him. (Final appearance of Patrick Blake)
- 13th September - Neeta Kaur jilts Mac Nightingale at the altar after discovering that his violent behaviours hadn't stopped.
- 21st September - Jack Osborne’s estranged brother, Billy Brodie, dies of heart failure.
- 26th September - Ellie Nightingale is raped by Nick Savage.
- 30th September - Diego Salvador Martinez Hernandez De La Cruz jilts Celine McQueen at the altar after revealing that the marriage is a sham and he is in love with Myra McQueen. Joe Roscoe also jilts Mercedes McQueen, after discovering that she had lied about being arrested on drug related charges.
- 7th October - “Mrs. Windsor-Davenport” is revealed to be Cindy Savage’s sister, Jude Cunningham. (First appearance of the character since 1998)
- 11th October - Ste McQueen discovers that he has cerebral deterioration.
- 17th October - Maxine Minniver suffers a miscarriage after being trapped in an elevator by Nico Blake.
- 21st October - Jade Albright dies from liver failure caused by cancer. She passes away in her pretend husband Alfie Nightingale's arms.
- 24th October - Nana McQueen returns to the village. (First appearance of the character since 2015)
- 25th October - Jade Albright's funeral takes place.
- 27th October - Sonia Albright leaves the village after her father gives her an opportunity to come meet and live with her family. (Final appearance of the character)
- 1st November - Cameron Campbell sets fire to the maze in an attempt to kill Nico Blake, unaware that Sienna Blake is also inside. Warren Fox manages to save Sienna, but the maze collapses before he is able to save Nico. (Last appearance of Nico until 2018)
- 2nd November - Joe Roscoe proposes to Mercedes McQueen, who accepts. However, Whilst being rescued from the ferris wheel, a power box explodes, causing Joe Roscoe to fall from the wheel and is left brain dead. Mercedes decides to turn off his life support. (Final appearance of Joe)
- 3rd November - Jude Cunningham flees the village after Cindy Cunningham discovers that her business settlement was a scam. (Final appearance of the character)
- 9th November - Myra McQueen's niece, Goldie McQueen, arrives in the village. (First appearance of the character)
- 17th November - Goldie McQueen's sons, Hunter and Prince, arrive in the village. O.B. returns to the village after discovering that the Osborne family have gone missing. (First appearance of Hunter and Prince and first appearance of O.B. since 2008)
- 1st December - Joanne Cardsley attempts to stab Lisa Loveday however, Simone Loveday walks in front of Lisa in her defence resulting in Simone being stabbed.
- 5th December - Joanne Cardsley is arrested for the manslaughter of Joe Roscoe after Mercedes McQueen, wearing a wire, manages to get a confession. Cameron Campbell strangles Celine McQueen to death. (Final appearance of Joanne and Celine)
- 8th December - During an argument with her mother Amy Barnes, Leah Barnes falls down the city wall stairs, Maxine Minniver attacks Adam Donovan during an argument fearing he was going to hurt her.
- 9th December - Due to taking antidepressants, Tegan Lomax nearly injects Leah Barnes with Penicillin, but is stopped by Nick Savage after discovering she is allergic.
- 15th December - Ellie Nightingale collapses from alcohol poisoning, Alfie Nightingale finds her unconscious behind The Dog in the Pond bar, Later on in hospital, Ellie is attended to by her rapist, Nick Savage, she attacks him when he puts his hand on her arm.
- 16th December - Ellie Nightingale is arrested for assaulting Nick Savage.
- 22nd December - Leela Lomax and Cameron Campbell marry. During the reception, Leela goes into labour.
- 23rd December - Leela Campbell gives birth to a son. Leela is then informed by Tegan Lomax that blood tests have proved that Cameron Campbell isn't the father of her son. (First appearance of Daniel Lomax)
- 28th December - Louis Loveday is revealed to be the father of Daniel Lomax.
- 30th December - Through flashbacks, Jack Osborne is revealed to have accidentally killed Callum Alexander.
Real life events
- 5th April - Iain MacLeod's final episode as series producer airs.
- 8th July - Di Burrows's final episode as series producer airs.
- 30th September - Emily Gascoyne's final episode as series producer airs.
- 3rd October - Emily Gascoyne's first episode as senior series producer and Vikki Tennant's first episode as series producer airs.
- 17th November - Stunt co-ordinator/fight arranger Steve Truglia dies after falling out of a helicopter.
- 20th November - Director Adrian Vitoria dies from a brain tumour.
See also: Category:2016 debuts.
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