Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan steps down after two years

Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan has stepped down after two and a half years, it has been revealed.

The acclaimed producer, who took over the role in 2021, has helmed some hard-hitting and incredibly powerful episodes and storylines over the past two years since taking the reins of the Channel 4 soap.

The Long Walk Home episode, which aired last year, springs to mind, as does Misbah Maalik’s rape storyline, which won a number of British Soap Awards, and of course the incredible stunt week that saw iconic serial killer Silas Blissett meet his maker after a decade of terror.

The groundbreaking incel narrative, a story that saw Eric Foster – played by the brilliant Angus Castle-Doughty – terrorise the women of the eponymous village, would also pick up gold at the Soap Awards.

A number of huge narrative changes took place under Lucy’s leadership, including Tony and Diane Hutchinson taking over The Dog In The Pond, as well as the introduction of popular characters such as the incomparable Ethan Williams and Norma Crow.

Lucy, who previously worked on Hollyoaks in 2009, stepped in to the producer role almost three years ago in the wake of the departure of Bryan Kirkwood, with her having been credited as the show’s exec since August 2021.

Discussing her decision to leave, Lucy said via Broadcast Now: ‘I have loved my time as executive producer on Hollyoaks.

‘It’s one of the most exciting jobs in Soapland but after two and half years at the helm it’s time to pass on the baton.’

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Managing directors of Lime Pictures, Kate Little and Claire Poyser said: ‘We would like to thank Lucy for everything she has done for Hollyoaks, leading the programme through Covid and its aftermath, forging a ground-breaking partnership with the BBC and Eurovision and delivering unforgettable, critically acclaimed storylines such as Misbah’s Rape and The Long Walk Home. 

‘We will miss her but wish her all the very best in her next adventure.’

A search is underway for a new executive producer.

There is plenty of drama still to come this year in Hollyoaks, with Ethan and Sienna Blake’s plot to take down Rafe Harcourt set to explode next week, while Donna-Marie Quinn is faced with a big decision.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6:30pm on Channel 4, with first look offerings available from 7pm on E4. Stream episodes first on All4 from midnight.

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