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Fresh new Hollyoaks spin-off for Conker.

Byline: Alistair Houghton

MULTIMEDIA production company Conker Media has created a new Hollyoaks online spin-off that will introduce three new characters to the main TV series.

Conker, a subsidiary of Hollyoaks producer Lime Pictures, has created Hollyoaks: Freshers for the website of digital TV channel E4.

Freshers will bring together video and social media to allow viewers to follow characters on and off-screen.

Fans will also be able to discover the back stories of three new characters before they join the cast of Hollyoaks itself in September.

Freshers follows the success of Conker's previous online drama spin-off Hollyoaks: The Morning After The Night Before.

Teen drama Hollyoaks, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary in October, remains one of Channel 4's most popular programmes, and the broadcaster is working closely with Childwall-based Lime on other spin-offs.

The Hollyoaks Music Show - sponsored by Skelmersdale retailer Matalan - is currently in its second series.

Lime is also producing a new series of post-watershed spin-off Hollyoaks Later.

Freshers will include six 10-minute episodes which will be shown online, as well as links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr where videos, blogs and photo albums will be updated throughout the series.

The social media campaign for the series starts this week and episodes will be broadcast every Thursday and Friday from August 26.

Head of Conker Media, Lee Hardman, said: "Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Before was a huge success for us and we hope to build on that success with Hollyoaks: Freshers, which will explore the concept of multi-layered storytelling - engaging the audience across multiple, digital platforms."

As well as established Hollyoaks favourites Darren (Ashley Taylor Dawson), Charlotte (Amy Yamasaki) and Dave (Elliot Langridge), the show will introduce newcomers Jamil (Sikander Malik), Doug (PJ Brennan) and Leanne (Jessica Forrest).

It will also see the return of former fans' favourite Alex Carter as Lee Hunter.

Jody Smith, Channel 4's cross-platform commissioner for drama, entertainment and comedy, said: "Freshers is an exciting new direction for Hollyoaks.

"We're introducing a batch of new characters with over 60 minutes of original online drama and social media, telling their back stories and journey to Hollyoaks before they arrive on TV.

"It will be a fun, fast-moving adventure, featuring some cast favourites and many surprises along the way."


Created by Conker - Leanne (Jessica Forrest), one of the new characters in Hollyoaks spin-off Hollyoaks: Freshers
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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