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
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
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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