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Hollyoaks: In the City was a spin-off of Hollyoaks that aired from August to December 2006, created and produced by Daran Little. A total of 20 episodes were transmitted, airing on E4. The series was also somewhat of a successor to the 2005 spin-off series, Hollyoaks: Let Loose.

Synopsis Edit

After returning from a holiday in Sri Lanka, Ben Davies and Lisa Hunter attempt to make it on their own as they move into an apartment in Liverpool with Ben's friend, Tank Top, and his roommate, Adam Tyler.

Lisa is hired by a modelling agency, whilst Ben begins to work for Lisa's employer, Burton Phillips. However, as Lisa attempts to find success, she finds herself in a dark world upon meeting Stella Grey. Ben also finds himself in the dark world of Burton, following the murder of Kay Price. And when faced by the charms of Polly Clarke, Ben gives into his feelings and jeoparadises his relationship with Lisa.

Adam struggles with his sexuality as he finds himself slightly attracted to student Josh Jones (who is infatuated with him), but is also attracted to his future wife, Millie Andrews.

Main Cast Edit

Hollyoaks In The City characters

Episodes Edit

Episode Air Date Synopsis Viewing figures
Episode One 14th August 2006 Ben and Lisa return to England and they move in with Ben's friend Tank Top in Liverpool, and his roommate Adam Tyler. They decide to purchase a bar in Liverpool but get conned. Ben wakes up in bed with another woman, a model/escort named Kay. Unknown
Episode Two 21st August 2006 Burton pressures Kay for the money she owes him. Lisa, Kay and Polly go for a night out. Kay is mugged and she and Ben bump into each other. Debbie tries to get her gay friend Josh to have sex with her. Unknown
Episode Three 28th August 2006 Millie becomes even more paranoid about Adam, and she confronts Lisa about it, wrongly believing that they are having an affair. Tank Top and Ben confront the scam artist who stole Ben's money. Unknown
Episode Four 4th September 2006 Ben, Adam and Tank Top have an interesting day running into randy older women. Adam meets Millie's parents, with some disastrous consequences. Burton takes possession of some counterfeit money, a body is discovered by bin men. Unknown
Episode Five 11th September 2006 The body is revealed as being Kay's, and the girls become freaked out when they realise the agency is being watched. Debbie is rude to Josh who later comforts her. Adam splits with Millie, whilst Lisa tries her hand at acting in a home movie. Unknown
Episode Six 18th September 2006 Millie tries to come to terms with her split with Adam. Meanwhile, Polly reveals her not so glamorous life to Ben. Unknown
Episode Seven 25th September 2006 Lennox gives Josh a hard time for telling the truth. The attacker is revealed as Kay's grieving Mickey. Troy decides to give Burton a piece of his mind and Ben calls Lisa a "whore" for dining out as an escort girl with Polly and Burton. Unknown
Episode Eight 2nd October 2006 When Ben's DNA is found in Kay's bed, he has to own up to having had sex with Kay, but hopes Lisa will not find out. Millie does her best to make Adam jealous by flirting with Troy. Ben and Lisa have a lovers tiff over Kay. Unknown
Episode Nine 9th October 2006 Adam is furious with Tank Top when he discovers that he slept with Millie. Tank Top pulls a gun out when he and Ben are tasked with retrieving a stolen file. Ben and Tank Top burn down a warehouse that is standing the way of Burton's casino plans. Unknown
Episode Ten 16th October 2006 Ben, tormented by guilt, confesses to Lisa that he helped burn down a warehouse, and they argue. Tank Top develops a conscience when he discovers Polly is being paid to sleep with him. Adam and Josh bond, until Josh questions Adam's own sexuality. Later Adam torments himself further by looking over gay websites. Unknown
Episode Eleven 23rd October 2006 Lisa and Ben are left reeling by their mutual betrayals and decide to part ways. Tank Top discovers Connie has a daughter, Donna Marie, and what's more, she's "killed" her father. Connie makes a full recovery, but not before Donna Marie and Tank Top have cemented their friendship. Unknown
Episode Twelve 30th October 2006 Adam has his first gay experience when he visits the flat of a man he met at the gym, Adam soon has a "change of heart" and heads to the school where he works in search of Millie and proposes to her, and receives a surprising "response". Precious is happy to hear Orson will be screening Lisa and Troy's film. Unknown
Episode Thirteen 6th November 2006 Ben, Lisa, Polly, Tank Top, Precious and Troy assemble for the premiere of Orson's film, but they get a shock when the footage includes Ben and Polly together. Adam and Tank Top decide to kick Ben out. Unknown
Episode Fourteen 13th November 2006 Debbie is devastated when Tank Top unceremoniously dumps her. Polly is put in a predicament when Burton offers her an escorting job; she needs the money and accepts it. She lies to Ben about it and feels terrible. Unknown
Episode Fifteen 20th November 2006 Josh is thrilled to be staying with his hero, Adam, but Millie is less than happy with the situation - she has a wedding to plan. Debbie is thrilled to discover Tank Top is Adam's flatmate, and declares her love for him. Unknown
Episode Sixteen 27th November 2006 Josh and Debbie gatecrash Adam's stag party, where Tank Top's feelings for Debbie start to emerge. Adam turns down a lap dance from Gucci and ends up kissing Josh. His head is a blur, and as he walks home he wanders into a public toilets. He catches the eye of a guy, but ends up being arrested for public indecency. Unknown
Episode Seventeen 4th December 2006 Adam talks about his feelings for other men, but resolves to go through with the wedding. Tensions rise as Tank Top tells the reception Adam has made a huge mistake, and Josh confronts Adam about their kiss. Burton refuses Stella's request to use Polly at one of her parties, she is already drawn to Lisa. Unknown
Episode Eighteen 11th December 2006 Tank Top plucks up the courage to ask Debbie round for dinner, but all ends in disaster. The lovebirds soon patch things up, and Polly is stunned to discover the identity of Debbie's new boyfriend. Precious is over the moon having consummated her relationship with Troy, and the couple prepare for their interview with the Immigration Office, whilst Troy realises he may well be falling in love with his new wife. Unknown
Episode Nineteen 18th December 2006 Millie cannot believe Adam has thrown away his career, but Adam tells Millie he is gay. Precious and Troy do disastrously with the Immigration Office, but are they are given the all clear. Debbie is thrilled to be Tank Top's girlfriend and Polly is now past caring. A strange woman called Louise has a revelation - she is Debbie's mum. Unknown
Episode Twenty 18th December 2006 Polly is left reeling after revealing that Debbie is not her sister and Louise is her mum. Adam and Millie pick through their relationship but when Adam goes to clear his head he runs into Josh. The pair share a gentle kiss and Josh takes him to a gay club where Adam dumps Josh for Jamie. Troy's brother has seen his gay porn flick on the Internet and furious that his relationship with his brother is in tatters, he thumps Burton through a glass window. Meanwhile, Lisa is tied up in a warehouse with Stella, when she has a pang of remorse she unties her, allowing Lisa to grab a gun and defend herself. When Ben arrives, he is also armed and things go badly wrong as Lisa shoots out and, mortally wounds Ben. At the same time, Polly commits suicide. The last scenes are of the characters facing the consequences of their actions, with Polly lying dead on her bed, Josh and Debbie embracing outside Adam's flat, Adam and Jamie kissing passionately in the club, Precious trying to comfort a despondent Troy, to no avail, Millie crying in her car, Burton and Tank Top reeling from Ben's death, and Lisa, cradling the deceased Ben in her arms. Unknown

Production Edit

The series starred a number of well-known actors, mostly from other soap operas. Brookside's Philip Olivier, Emmerdale's Claire King and Coronation Street's (which creator Daran Little previously worked on) Lee Warburton also appeared in regular roles of the show.

Many former and future stars also appeared in the programme. This includes Effie Woods (Emmerdale), Denise Welch, Margi Clarke, Kym Marsh, Oliver Mellor and Debbie Rush (Coronation Street), as well as Paula Wolfenden who would later appear in Hollyoaks in the recurring role of Trish Minniver.

A second season was planned for the series, but it was announced on 16th November 2006 that the series had been cancelled by Channel 4 due to low viewing figures.

Notes Edit

  • The theme tune of Hollyoaks: In The City was "Next to Me", performed by Shayne Ward (the husband of future Hollyoaks star Sophie Austin.
DVD: Hollyoaks: Off On OneHollyoaks: Indecent Behaviour
TV: Hollyoaks: Movin' OnHollyoaks: After HoursHollyoaks: Crossing the LineHollyoaks: Let LooseHollyoaks: No Going BackHollyoaks: Back from the DeadHollyoaks: In The CityHollyoaks Later (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6)
Online: Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night BeforeHollyoaks: FreshersHollyoaks: Tom's Life
One off episodes: Hollyoaks: A Little Film About LoveHollyoaks: Chasing Rainbows
See also: Late Night Specials
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