When Hollyoaks launches a topical storyline, it goes all out with research and preparation to ensure that it can make an impact on its audience – and the hard hitting and difficult to watch radicalisation story which has seen Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) groomed and radicalised by a far right extremist group has certainly created a discussion.
With it being confirmed that far right groups are on the rise in the UK, spreading hatred against cultures and religions, Hollyoaks hasnt shied away from portraying the horrific attitudes and the intricate manner in which racists and bigots manipulate those to their cause.
Speaking at a conference and screening for episodes this week, Vicky from Small Steps said: Weve had so many people contact us. If they dont want to go to Prevent, they can contact us for support – we have had people who have been watching Hollyoaks and who are trapped in far right groups and they want out.
A 16-year-old boy made a self referral; we really try hard as a small charity to recognise it and help people who are going through it and empathise with their position. We dont want them to be embarrassed or ashamed, we want to help them and support them. It can take a long time to absolve people of the hate they have felt but it is different for every situation. There can be all sorts of reasons which make people vulnerable to this kind of grooming.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk about his pride over being able to have this reach with Hollyoaks, show boss Bryan Kirkwood enthused: Its incredible and its why this job for all of us on the team never gets tiring. There is always a challenge like this story and a pay-off like that lady from Small Steps said. They have had three phone calls from people in the last week who have watched Hollyoaks. Sometimes you can get lost in the statistics – people taRead More – Source