Tonight sees the start of a teenage cancer storyline in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, part of the Stand Up To Cancer series.
“We are honoured to be working with Stand Up To Cancer. At Hollyoaks, we take pride in delivering issue-based storylines in a delicate but informative way. The love story of Jade and Alfie will be heart-breaking at times but also inspiring. Their story will also show that it isn’t just about their cancer but how they continue life as teenagers while dealing with such a huge emotional situation and highlight how dealing with cancer impacts on their family and friends.” – Hollyoaks executive producer, Bryan Kirkwood
The Chester-based soap is set to tell the special issue-led storyline of Jade Albright and Alfie Nightingale who are both diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma at the start of the year. As the relationship between the two teens blossom, the plot will explore how Jade (Kassius Nelson) and Alfie (Richard Linnell) deal with their illness in different ways.
The show is working closely with Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to accelerate new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients and ultimately save more lives. Both actors met up with teenagers who had been battling with cancer. This October, the storyline will culminate with special Stand Up To Cancer programming on Channel 4.
“Hollyoaks has a unique relationship with its mainly young audience and has covered many difficult and ground-breaking issues and stories that are relevant to young people. We are proud to partnering with SU2C to help raise awareness of cancer to them and hopefully make a difference.” – Lee Mason, Commissioning Editor for Hollyoaks
The storyline will launch on Channel 4 at 6:30pm tonight (Tuesday 26th January) when Jade gets her test results back.