Hollyoaks confirms Lucy Allan as new showrunner after Bryan Kirkwood's exit

Sam Warner
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From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks has named Lucy Allan as the soap's new showrunner following the exit of Bryan Kirkwood.

Kirkwood confirmed back in September that he would be stepping down from the Channel 4 soap at the end of 2020.

His role will now be taken over from January 2021 by BBC Children's drama chief Allan, who has previous experience executive producing Hollyoaks, and has also served as deputy executive to Kirkwood.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

She will take on the role of Head of Continuing Drama for the soap's producers Lime Pictures.

"It's a hugely exciting time to be joining Lime Pictures as Head of Continuing Drama," she said. "To arrive at Hollyoaks as it reaches its milestone of 25 years on screen was an opportunity too good to miss.

"Thanks to Bryan and his team I have inherited a show that is loved by its audience and I will relish the chance to move it forward into its next exciting chapter."

"We are thrilled that Lucy is joining Lime Pictures as Executive Producer, Hollyoaks and Head of Continuing Drama," the company's managing directors Claire Poyser and Kate Little added.

"Lucy brings a passion for storytelling, a clarity of creative vision, has a great reputation for nurturing talent and is known for her ability to successfully lead large teams. Her extensive drama credentials also place her in prime position to engage the pre-watershed audience in ground-breaking ways."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Channel 4 Head of Drama Caroline Hollick said: "We are delighted that Lucy is to steer Hollyoaks into the future. She brings a wealth of executive producing experience, most recently from BBC drama, and most importantly has a love of the genre.

"Lucy shares my passion for soap, and knows that shows like Hollyoaks are a vital part of the fabric of people’s living rooms. I am very much looking forward to seeing her deliver her creative vision for C4's much-loved flagship drama."

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.

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