1,000 and as saucy as ever; Nick Foley on Hollyoaks' landmark 1,000thepisode.Byline: Nick Foley
WITH its saucy sauc·y
adj. sauc·i·er, sauc·i·est
a. Impertinent or disrespectful.
b. Impertinent in an entertaining way; impossible to repress or control.
2. plot lines and drop dead gorgeous cast, Hollyoaks has firmly established itself as one of Britain's best loved soaps.
Over 3 million addicts are now hooked on the drama, which has survived the departure of some of its biggest stars,as well as the early sneers of TV critics,and is now about to celebrate its 1,000th episode.
Fresh,funny and oozing sex appeal, the teen-orientated soap has been going from strength to strength since it was launched in 1995 and soon it will be screened five times a week.
Nick Pickard Nick Pickard (born 16 April, 1975 in Oxford, United Kingdom) is an English actor that plays Tony Hutchinson in British Channel 4 teen soap opera Hollyoaks. He is currently the longest serving cast member and starred in the very first episode in 1995. , who has played hapless Tony Hutchinson Tony Hutchinson is a fictional character in the long-running British Channel 4 television soap opera Hollyoaks.
He is played by actor Nick Pickard and is the only original character still on the show. in the soap since it started,admits in the early days the drama's future looked less than secure.
``When we started it took a bit of a hammering from the press.
``I think it was seen as a bit of a joke - people were always laughing at the show and telling me it was rubbish. We never ever thought it would still be going strong eight years later.''
The first contract for the Channel 4 show, which is penned by Grange Hill Grange Hill is a British children's television drama series which is shown on BBC One. The latest series was shown on the CBBC Channel and has not been shown on BBC One. The show began in 1978 and is one of the longest running on British television. and Brookside writer Phil Redmond,only ran for six months and it was then taken off the air.
Londoner Pickard, 25, is refreshingly frank about why the drama has become so popular.
``There's a lot of eye candy on the show - why do you think I've stuck around so long?When I come in for work I'm surrounded by eight or nine gorgeous girls.''
But the show has gone a long way to shaking off its frothy froth·y
adj. froth·i·er, froth·i·est
1. Made of, covered with, or resembling froth; foamy.
2. Playfully frivolous in character or content: a frothy French farce. , frivolous image by tackling gritty issues over the last four years.
Pickard said the show's defining moment over the last eight years was when it tackled one of the last remaining taboos of British TV - male rape.
The assault itself was screened during a late night special and was roundly applauded by fans and TVcritics for its emotionally charged and convincing acting. Suddenly Hollyoaks was being taken seriously.
Though Pickard loves to see what the script writers will come up with next for the hapless Tony, he admits he was ``shocked'' when he read Tony was about to embark on an affair with middle- agedm other of two Helen Cunningham.
``I'm going out with the old lady at the moment. I get on well with Kathryn (George, whop lays temptress Helen)but it's weird when you suddenly have to be necking her.
``We just got on with it and did it.It's embarrassing when there's a cut and you don't really know what to say to each other.''
Life is pretty good right now for Pickard who thinks the show could go on for another 1,000 episodes. But will Tony still be around then?
``We never know,but I hope so.''Hollyoaks 1,000thepisode Monday,April 21,Channel 4
Nick Pickard,inset,and with Kathryn George, whop lays Helen,in Hollyoaks