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Head of Continuing Drama to leave Lime Pictures

Lime Pictures has confirmed that Lucy Allan, the Executive Producer of Hollyoaks is to step down after almost 3 years. Reports suggest that the Series Producer and its Script and Storyline Executive have also left the soap.


She led on the creative direction of the Chester-based soap, including some of its most hard-hitting storylines. She also oversaw spin-offs including Hollyoaks: IRL; and its growth across streaming and digital channels.

“We would like to thank Lucy for everything she has done for Hollyoaks, leading the programme through Covid and its aftermath, forging a ground-breaking partnership with the BBC and Eurovision and delivering unforgettable, critically acclaimed storylines such as Misbah’s Rape and The Long Walk Home,” said Lime’s joint MDs Kate Little and Claire Poyser.

“We will miss her but wish her all the very best in her next adventure.”

Allan replaced Bryan Kirkwood at Lime, having previously been Genre Lead at BBC Children’s drama, overseeing shows including The Worst Witch, The Dumping Ground and Hetty Feather.

“I have loved my time as executive producer on Hollyoaks. It’s one of the most exciting jobs in Soapland but after two and half years at the helm it’s time to pass on the baton,” she told Broadcast.

A search is on for her replacement.

There are reports that Series Producer, Philip Dodds has also left Hollyoaks, as has Script and Storyline Executive, Josie Day. Lime has dismissed suggestions that this was due to falling ratings – viewing figures are up 55% year-on-year since Hollyoaks moved to digital first episodes on All4.

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