MEDIA: HOLLYOAKS: AN EXPERT’S VIEW

By LAURA TILLEY, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 03 November 1995 12:00AM

Laura Tilley thinks setting the new soap in Chester is its only redeeming feature

Laura Tilley thinks setting the new soap in Chester is its only

redeeming feature



Well, they may be good looking but I don’t think much of the acting.



Channel 4’s latest soap for teenagers, Hollyoaks, is a cross between

Australia’s Neighbours and America’s Beverly Hills 90210. It has the

traditional racy stories, glamorous stars and at least one wishy-washy

soap stud. Cars, motorbikes, rave music and mobile phones - it’s got the

lot... but it’s set in Chester. Mind you, I like that. We finally have a

teenage soap that is pure English bred.



I do like some of the characters, although others are not very

realistic. Kurt Benson, the soap’s lead character, is very weak - as are

his acting skills - which may prove to be a problem as he appears in

most of the scenes. And if they want to make the soap appeal to us

girls, the star’s acting and character will be a stumbling block. And

he’s so sexist. Remember this line: ‘Oh, she’s just a sex object’?



More realistic though is the boy who plays James ‘Jambo’ Bolton. He’s a

much better actor and his character is more true to real life. He has a

steady job and he doesn’t attempt to be as flash as Kurt, Hollyoaks’

answer to Tim-nice-but-dim. He’s basically your average, everyday sort

of bloke.



But I do question how many teenagers in Britain lead this sort of life.

I live in the Berkshire equivalent of Chester, I suppose, but I don’t

know any teenagers who carry mobile phones at school or who wear six

inches of make-up.



How come, for instance, Kurt has a motorbike and a car (well, at least

until it was blown up) and yet we never see him doing any kind of work.

Does he have a job?



But I have to admit that come next Monday evening, I’ll probably be

tuning in to see the next episode of Hollyoaks. I want to know if Kurt

gets caught by the police; if Dawn’s mother’s lover finally makes a move

on her sister and what the next crisis in Louise’s life will be.



In the words of D:ream: ‘Things can only get better.’



Laura Tilley, aged 12, is the daughter of Zenith Media’s joint managing

director, Andy Tilley



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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