Hollyoaks Favourites revisits Hannah's anorexia storyline as main soap goes off air

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Hollyoaks Favourites will be picking up an extra night as the main soap goes off air.

The soap will officially run out of episodes shot before the lockdown production shutdown following next Monday's (July 20) E4 instalment, meaning there will be four classic episodes airing across the week.

From Tuesday (July 21) to Friday (July 24), Hollyoaks Favourites will look back at one of the soap's pivotal issue-based storylines — Hannah Ashworth's (Emma Rigby) battle with anorexia and bulimia from 2007.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

These specific episodes focus on Hannah struggling to mourn the tragic loss of her friend Melissa Hurst, whose death from an eating disorder was groundbreaking for British soaps at the time.

Below is the schedule of Hollyoaks Favourites episodes airing on E4 next week:

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Tuesday, July 21:

Hannah (Emma Rigby) desperately tries to convince her family that she's on the road to recovery. She helps Melissa break out of hospital and they plan to escape the village but are stopped in their tracks when tragedy strikes. Meanwhile, Fletch is struggling to cope with the pressure of dating two girls at once, Sarah is excited to move to Dublin with Craig, and Jessica buckles under a mountain of unpaid bills.

Wednesday, July 22:

Hannah (Emma Rigby) struggles to accept what's happened to her friend, Melissa. Realising the extent of Hannah's anorexia, Sarah and Nancy assure her that they'll help her through it. Elsewhere, as Sasha and Leo sit down to a quiet meal, their evening is interrupted as a suitcase comes smashing through the window and Leo is forced to make a shocking admission.

Thursday, July 23:

Hannah (Emma Rigby) attempts to blot over the last few weeks with a dramatic new look, but whilst John Paul and Sarah are arguing, Hannah has a panic attack and passes out. Suzanne frantically searches for clues that she has been hiding food. Meanwhile, Frankie's finding it hard to deal with Craig's departure, and Steph has Max on her mind, but she insists she doesn't fancy him.

Friday, July 24:

Hannah's (Emma Rigby) condition is clearly deteriorating but Suzanne is at a loss as to how to help her daughter. Rhys tries to reason with her, reminding her of the bubbly, happy girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Sarah and Amy squabble over who should babysit Leah whilst Mike is away, and Katy is in for a shock when she discovers that she's not registered on the law course at school.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Emma Rigby left Hollyoaks in 2010 after a five-year stint, with Hannah breaking off her marriage to Darren Osborne in order to pursue her independence for the first time in her life.

Hollyoaks Favourites will be continuing to air as long as the main show is off screens — but fans can be assured that filming resumed this month in order for new episodes to air in the months ahead.

Hollyoaks Favourites airs at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look premieres airing on E4 at 7pm.

Beat promotes awareness and understanding of eating disorders, also challenging inaccurate stereotypes and stigma. Find out more at Beat's website. Beat's helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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