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Bryan Kirkwood remained in the role of executive producer for a ninth year, with Josie Day joining the programme as series producer in January. January also saw the airing of a late night special, advertised as a one-off episode of Hollyoaks Later, to see the demise of Breda McQueen. The special achieved viewing figures higher than all episodes since season 2.
Production of the programme was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This caused a schedule change, and subsequently disfigured the timeline. This also resulted in the show going off-air in July 2020. When the show returned in September 2020, extra scenes were filmed, with scenes filmed pre-halting serving as "flashback scenes" - ultimately making the timeline match the transmission date of episodes.
This year saw the permanent returns of John Paul McQueen, Warren Fox and Theresa McQueen. Ste Hay and Cleo McQueen returned after production suspension meant that return scenes had to be postponed, whilst Silas Blissett and Seth Costello returned for guest stints. Jeremy Edwards also reprised the role of Kurt Benson, but decided against extending his contract. This year also saw the arrivals of Tony Hutchinson's sister Verity, police officer George Kiss, Mitchell Deveraux's father Felix Westwood, Sylver McQueen's daughter Cher Winters, drug dealer Victor Brothers, Cormac Ranger's daughter Summer, and the first ever non-binary character in a soap opera - Ripley Lennox.
Regular characters departing this year (excluding characters with long gaps in appearances due to COVID) included Breda McQueen, Jesse Donovan, Azim Desai, Liam Donovan, Kyle Kelly, Lisa Loveday, Mitchell Deveraux, Edward Hutchinson and Jordan Price.
- 2nd January - John Paul McQueen brings his son, Matthew-Jesus McQueen, back to Hollyoaks from Singapore. (First appearance of Matthew-Jesus since 2017)
- 3rd January - Darren Osborne is stabbed with a knife inside The Hutch by Breda McQueen.
- 6th January - Mercedes McQueen is arrested for the murders of Carl Costello, Russ Owen, Glenn Donovan, Louis Loveday and Harry Thompson.
- 7th January - Edward Hutchinson's daughter, Verity arrives in the village. John Paul McQueen collapses after being poisoned by Breda McQueen. Tony Hutchinson is stabbed with a pitchfork after trying to attack Breda in an attempt to escape. Sylver McQueen tries to strangle Breda after he and Goldie McQueen realise that she is the killer, but is stopped by Goldie. Sylver is later shot with a bolt gun by Breda. Breda sets fire to Stone Mount Farm in an attempt to kill herself, Sylver, Mercedes and Tony. Mercedes and Breda fight, with Breda trying to stab Mercedes with a shard of glass, after being released by Goldie, which ends with Breda being stabbed through the skull with knitting needles by Sylver. The farm later explodes with only Breda's body inside. (First appearance of Verity and final appearance of Breda)
- 8th January - Tony Hutchinson suffers a cardiac arrest whilst in hospital but is revived by his father, Edward Hutchinson.
- 9th January - Warren Fox returns to the village with his twin children, Sophie and Sebastian Blake. (First appearance of the characters since 2019)
- 10th January - Liberty Savage collapses due to low blood sugar. Brody Hudson is kidnapped by Warren Fox.
- 14th January - Sienna Blake discovers that her son, Sebastian, has leukemia.
- 16th January - Donna-Marie Quinn returns to the village after being exonerated for the murder of Mac Nightingale. (First appearance of the character since 2019)
- 20th January - Jesse Donovan and Courtney Campbell marry.
- 21st January - Jesse Donovan collapses from alcohol poisoning caused by binge drinking.
- 22nd January - Jesse Donovan is found unconscious by Martine Deveraux. Despite Mitchell Deveraux and the paramedics' attempts to revive Jesse, he dies from alcohol poisoning. (Final appearance of Jesse Donovan)
- 27th January - Donna-Marie Quinn takes an overdose of drugs, and is left to die by James Nightingale.
- 28th January - Donna-Marie Quinn leaves the village alone for London after Juliet Quinn discovers that Donna-Marie was planning on leaving her behind. (Last appearance until 2021)
- 29th January - Nancy Osborne is stabbed by drug dealer Mason during a fight between Mason and Imran Maalik.
- 30th January - P.C. George Kiss arrives at Hollyoaks High School to investigate the stabbing of Nancy Osborne. (First appearance of the character)
- 31st January - Nancy Osborne suffers a miscarriage.
- 4th February - Mitchell Deveraux is arrested for committing a hate crime.
- 6th February - Azim Desai leaves for London alone after Scott Drinkwell changes his mind about leaving at the last moment. (Final appearance of Azim Desai)
- 13th February - Warren Fox is arrested for the false imprisonment of Sienna Blake in November 2017.
- 19th February - Brooke Hathaway goes into labour.
- 20th February - Brooke Hathaway gives birth to a son.
- 25th February - Jesse Donovan's funeral takes place.
- 26th February - Sylver McQueen unintentionally proposes to Grace Black, who accepts.
- 27th February - Romeo Quinn is attacked by an unknown attacker, later revealed to be either by or by an associate of Jordan Price.
- 9th March - Warren Fox is arrested for assault after Liam Donovan goads him into attacking him.
- 10th March - Martine Deveraux discovers that her long-lost son is Toby Faroe.
- 11th March - Through a series of flashbacks, it is revealed that Toby and Celeste Faroe were adopted by Doctor Ramsey Ley for an experiment. It is implied that Doctor Ley was killed in a house fire started by Celeste. Martine Deveraux reveals to Mitchell Deveraux that she actually gave birth to triplets, the third child being Celeste.
- 13th March - Juliet Nightingale is arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.
- 23rd March - Warren Fox is viciously attacked on the orders of Liam Donovan, leaving him seriously injured.
- 25th March - John Paul and Sylver McQueen are kidnapped by Liam Donovan. Liam later holds Mercedes McQueen, Grace Black, James Nightingale and Maxine Kinsella hostage inside The Dog in the Pond.
- 26th March - The siege comes to an end when Warren Fox manages to sneak into The Dog in the Pond and tackles Liam Donovan, giving the hostages a chance to escape. Liam grabs Mercedes McQueen and is about to throw her down a flight of stairs when Grace Black shoves him off her. She manages to grab Liam's tie, but decides to let Liam go, who has a fatal fall. (Final appearance of Liam Donovan)
- 30th March - Felix Westwood arrives in the village, meeting his triplets and Martine Deveraux for the first time in 26 years. (First appearance of the character)
- 14th April - Sid Sumner is attacked and nearly stabbed by Danny, but is rescued by Imran Maalik and Ollie Morgan. Darren Osborne attempts suicide, but is talked out of it by Kyle Kelly.
- 27th April - Felix Westwood is beaten unconscious with a pipe by Toby Faroe.
- 28th April - Toby Faroe attempts to kill Felix Westwood by tampering with his medical equipment, but is interrupted by Mitchell Deveraux. Mitchell is later arrested for malicious wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.
- 5th May - Mitchell Deveraux proposes to Scott Drinkwell, who accepts. Tony Hutchinson collapses after his drink is spiked by Edward Hutchinson.
- 11th May - Tony Hutchinson is diagnosed with a brain tumour.
- 12th May - Tony Hutchinson is revealed to have been falsely diagnosed with a brain tumour after Edward Hutchinson switches his CT scan results with another patient.
- 26th May - Whilst high on drugs, Kyle Kelly crashes his van into Jordan Price's car, leaving Jordan injured.
- 1st June - Cher Winters arrives in the village, watching Sylver McQueen, Warren Fox and Mercedes McQueen from a distance. (First appearance of the character)
- 2nd June - At Mercedes and Sylver McQueen's vow renewal, Cher Winters reveals that Sylver is her father.
- 9th June - After giving Nancy Osborne the best day ever, Kyle Kelly takes his own life. Darren Osborne finds him, but is too late. (Final appearance of Kyle Kelly)
- 16th June - Jordan Price's boss, Victor Brothers, arrives in the village, issuing Jordan his final warning for the lack of drug sales in the village. (First appearance of Victor)
- 13th July - Kyle Kelly's funeral takes place.
- 20th July - Tom Cunningham introduces Yasmine Maalik to Sweater Thunberg stallholder Ripley Lennox. (First appearance of the character)
- 8th September - Scott Drinkwell and Mitchell Deveraux marry. After the ceremony, Toby Faroe murders the person in Scott and Mitchell's hotel room with a fireplace poker, believing them to be Mitchell.
- 9th September - Toby Faroe discovers that he has murdered Lisa Loveday - not Mitchell Deveraux who he intended to kill. He and Celeste Faroe attempt to cover up her murder. (Final appearance of Lisa)
- 22nd September - Brody Hudson visits his abuser, Buster Smith, in prison. He later takes Ollie Morgan, but Buster reacts poorly towards the pair. Afterwards, Ollie runs away from home. (First appearance of Buster since 2019, and final appearance until 2021)
- 23rd September - Liberty Savage goes into labour in Cunningham's Grande Bazaar.
- 24th September - Liberty Savage gives birth to a baby girl in The Hutch, delivered by Misbah Maalik.
- 29th September - Liberty Savage begins hearing the voice of Nico Blake, envisioning her as a nurse. (First (voice) appearance of Nico since 2018)
- 5th October - Jordan Price and Victor Brothers attempt a robbery on Salon de The de Marnie, with Misbah Maalik & Marnie Nightingale inside, only to discover that Marnie Nightingale has not been accepting cash.
- 6th October - Jordan Price and Leela Lomax are arrested for possession with intent to supply illegal drugs.
- 12th October - Brody Hudson punches Cormac Ranger. When Cormac picks up a spanner to hit Brody, Warren Fox attacks Cormac and beats him unconscious, leaving him comatose.
- 15th October - Theresa McQueen returns to the village. (First appearance of the character since 2016)
- 20th October - Sylver McQueen is arrested for the murder of Breda McQueen.
- 21st October - Cher Winters reveals to her father, Sylver McQueen, that she killed her younger sister, Liza.
- 22nd October - Kurt Benson is revealed to be alive much to the surprise of Tony Hutchinson, Mercedes McQueen reveals that she is pregnant, Yasmine Maalik proposes to Tom Cunningham & Silas Blissett is revealed to be the person stalking the McQueen family. (First appearance of Kurt since 2013 & the first appearance of Silas since 2016).
- 29th October - Whilst attempting to flee the village with Faith, Liberty Savage accidentally hits Brody Hudson with her car.
- 3rd November - Tom Cunningham proposes to Yasmine Maalik with a ring, and she delightfully accepts. Ste Hay returns to the village and witnesses the engagement, to Yasmine's shock. (First appearance of Ste since 2019)
- 12th November - Sid Sumner suffers temporary paralysis in the legs from getting high on ketamine. His leg is run over by Peri Lomax, distracted on her phone whilst driving.
- 16th November - Sid Sumner is informed that his right leg is unable to be saved after being run over by Peri Lomax, and undergoes an operation to amputate it.
- 17th November - Cleo McQueen returns to the village. (First appearance of the character since 2019)
- 19th November - Mitchell Drinkwell-Deveraux discovers the body of Lisa Loveday.
- 24th November - Kurt Benson proposes to Verity Hutchinson, but she rejects. After being threatened with murder or imprisonment by Toby and Celeste Faroe after discovering Lisa Loveday's body, Mitchell Drinkwell-Deveraux leaves the village. (Final appearance of the character)
- 25th November - Faith goes missing. Brody Hudson meets Summer Ranger, the daughter of Cormac. (First appearance of Summer)
- 1st December - Oliver Morgan overdoses on ketamine supplied by Juliet Nightingale.
- 2nd December - After discovering that Silas Blissett is the McQueens' blackmailer, Mercedes McQueen falls down the City Wall stairs. In hospital, Mercedes is informed that she has suffered a miscarriage.
- 8th December - After she confronts him over all of his villainous acts, Edward Hutchinson hits his daughter-in-law Diane over the head with a briefcase, leaving her comatose. Tony Hutchinson, who is framed for the crime, is arrested for assault.
- 10th December - After his scam is exposed, Kurt Benson flees the village on his motorbike. (Final appearance of the character)
- 15th December - After being convinced by Sienna Blake to receive treatment for her post-partum psychosis, Liberty Savage stops seeing the ghost of Nico Blake. (Final appearance of Nico)
- 21st December - Silas Blissett is revealed to be working with his grandson, Seth Costello. Seth's girlfriend is revealed to be Theresa McQueen, who is unaware of Silas's involvement in the blackmail. (First appearance of Seth since 2011)
- 23rd December - Edward Hutchinson attempts to kill his son, Tony, by poisoning a mince pie. However, Tom Cunningham accidentally switches the pies and Edward consumes the poisoned one. He later dies of a brain haemorrhage. (Final appearance of the character)
- 29th December - Jordan Price is fatally stabbed by Charlie Dean during a misunderstanding about Ella Richardson role in county lines drug dealing.
- 30th December - Ella Richardson is revealed to have killed Jordan Price: Charlie Dean stabbed Jordan, but Ella stole a knife from The Hutch kitchen and caused the fatal stab wound. However, Charlie covers up the crime scene and makes a false confession to the police. He is arrested. (Final appearance of Jordan Price)
Real life events
- 7th January - Hollyoaks Later returns of a one-off special.
- 13th January - Hannah Sowden's final episode as series producer until Episode 5347 airs.
- 14th January - Josie Day's first episode as series producer airs.
- 21st January - Hannah Sowden's first episode as series producer since Episode 5341 airs.
- 6th February - Hollyoaks wins Best Soap or Continuing Drama at the 2020 Broadcast Awards.
- 20th March - Cameraman Felix Schroer dies of a heart attack.
- 30th March - Hollyoaks returns to transmitting three episodes per week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This would be the first time the show had aired three episodes per week since 2001.
- 2nd April - The first episode of Hollyoaks Favourites is transmitted.
- 6th April - Hollyoaks returns to transmitting two episodes per week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This would be the first time the show had aired two episodes per week since 1999.
- 20th July - Hollyoaks airs it's final E4 episode until September 2020. This is the first time the soap has gone off air on E4.
- 21st July - Hollyoaks airs it's final Channel 4 episode until September 2020. This is the first time the soap has gone off air on Channel 4 since 1996.
- 24th July - Writer Dan Martin dies.
- 27th July - The first episode of Hollyoaks@25 is transmitted.
- 28th August - The final episode of Hollyoaks@25 is transmitted.
- 7th September - Hollyoaks airs it's first episode since July 2020, returning to airing four episodes per week, this is the first time the soap had aired four episodes a week since 2003.
- 19th October - The first of the second season of Hollyoaks Does Come Dine With Me airs.
- 23rd October - The last of the second series of Hollyoaks Does Come Dine With Me is transmitted.
- 31st October - Editor Simon Maltby dies of cancer.
See also: Category:2020 debuts.
See also: Category:2020 returns.
See also: Category:2020 departures.
See also: Category:2020 episodes.
- Special episode.
- Extended episode.
- Bumper episode.
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