Hollyoaks – A show bleaker than Eastenders?

It’s always been the staple observation that Eastenders is both the most miserable and unrealistic tv show. Well now I can reveal that Hollyoaks is more dreary, unrealistic and unbelievable than the BBC soap. In Eastenders at Christmas time it was notably popular to kill someone off. Rarely a happy story. I guess we should have not expected too much following the first episode seeing the discovery of a dead character…the first of many stiffs to make an appearance.

With all the car related incidents that seem to happen around Albert Square, why has the local council not installed some speed humps or other road safety awareness scheme. Anywhere else by now would have done so. The apparent murder rate in Albert Square was worked out as one in 454! In fact 24 murders since its beginnings in 1985. Quite a stat it would seem, but the police seem neither concerned or worried about such issues. You think this is bad? I haven’t touched on Hollyoaks yet.

With the Lucy Beale story going on I guess 2015 isn’t going to buck the trend of seeing happiness on the streets of Walford. In fact I would be surprised to even see a happy story in the last seven months of 2015. Don’t bank on any happiness over the Christmas period. There will no doubt be death and gloom.

So to Hollyoaks the Channel 4 soap, which could so easily be the north west version of Eastenders. I watched this when it first started and at the time it was entertaining, then I lost interest. Having watched some episodes recently, I can say that I haven’t really missed much apart from its move towards unbelievably crazy stories. I wont mention any story lines in case anyone who reads this, is a viewer and hasn’t caught up yet.

Since the show began there have been 46 murders and an average of 2.42 murders a year.and it equates to 11 murders per 1000 people. It in fact is so bad that the real life crime capital of the world (San Pedro Sula, north west Honduras) only has a murder rate of 1.69. Surely who would want to move to such a place. The people of San Pedro Sula must be relieved that they would never have to visit the village of Hollyoaks in Chester.

Of course the positive things that the shows should be commended for is the touching of subjects that affect many people’s every day lives. It is interesting and good to see that actress Nikki Sanderson will be attending an a conference on domestic violence and giving a talk. Her character was involved in a domestic abuse storyline. Whilst we may mock the bleakness of soaps it is in the dealing with tough story lines, that viewers affected maybe able to seek help if they are finding themselves in a certain situation or others may recognise issues and get help for others.

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