Later in the 1990s a further two weekly episodes were commissioned to bring the total output to four episodes per week.
Kirkwood's deputy, Lucy Allan, replaced him and continued many of the themes as well as using devices such as a non-linear week of episodes which saw the episodes shown out of chronological order so as to keep viewers guessing how the events came to happen, a flash forward episode which saw the events of six months into the future were shown, a baby-snatch story and a child murder plot.The premise of the serial at its inception was to focus on seven teenagers living in the city of Chester, and in particular to deal with teenage rites of passage.The first episode aired on 23 October 1995 and achieved an audience of three million in the UK.However it proved popular with the teenage audience at which it was aimed. Redmond did have to adjust the style of the series somewhat as audience opinion was found to be that in fact the programme concentrated too much on humour and not enough on serious storylines.An early example of the change in style to issue-focussed storylines was seen when Redmond wrote out the character of Natasha, killing her off with a spiked drink.By March 2000, Redmond had handed over his production responsibilities to Jo Hallows and in that year a series of open auditions were held around the country using the title On The Pull.The number of attendees was far in excess of anticipations - indeed, there were thousands - but it is claimed Helen Noble also left but agreed to return for four more episodes in 2005 and has claimed that the possibility of returning again remains open.Hollyoaks began airing on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 23 October 1995.The target audience was that of teenagers and it initially dramatised the lives of seven of that age group who lived in Hollyoaks, a fictional suburb in the city of Chester in Cheshire, England.Beth Cordingly, the viewer, said that "The only respite I had in the middle of all my pain was Hollyoaks.I can't believe I owe my life to it." In May 2008, the returns of Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) and Mandy Richardson were announced due to the departures of long-term characters Max Cunningham (Matt Littler) and Sam "O. In November the established sibling characters of Ravi (Stephen Uppal) and Leila Roy (Lena Kaur) were joined by their fictional family of Govinda (Anthony Bunsee), Bel (Nila Aalia), Anita (Saira Choudhry) and Ash (Junade Khan).