Don’t tell me that it’s been 20 years since Hol­lyoaks started. No, re­ally, please don’t. I re­mem­ber watch­ing the first episode. Hell, I re­mem­ber writ­ing to the pro­duc­tion of­fice and ask­ing for signed pho­tos of the cast. Yes, we used to do that back in those days. What am I talk­ing about, I’m sure that peo­ple still do. And why wouldn’t you? Just look at them! Now I write to them for whole other rea­sons! It wasn’t al­ways quite like this, the men on the show weren’t quite so prone to los­ing all their cloth­ing. On screen or in the pages of GT, even. We were a mere ten years old when Hol­lyoaks first started on Chan­nel 4, but we’ve cer­tainly made up for it since then. I’ve lost track of the amount of Hol­lyoaks bums and bulges I’ve had to avert my gaze from while my pug mer­rily trots into shot on set. And on that note, we wel­come Kieron Richard­son and James Sut­ton back to our cover AGAIN. Again, why wouldn’t you? And joined by the lovely Ross Adams and pectacular Parry Glasspool. Thank good­ness for them, and all the other ac­tors that’ve had gay sto­ry­lines on the show over the years – and there have been MANY... Be­cause way back then, when Hol­lyoaks started on 23 Oc­to­ber 1995, we didn’t have the rep­re­sen­ta­tion that you see nowa­days. Even Queer as Folk, which many cite as be­ing when things ‘changed’, was still four years away at that point. Hol­lyoaks didn’t hang around af­ter that. It’s be­come one of the most in­clu­sive shows out there. I wish it’d been that way when I first tuned in, but it’s more than made up for it in the last two decades. And I’ve cer­tainly made up for it with many a Hol­lyoaks hunk since. So here’s to 20 years of Hol­lyoaks, with love and thanks and, most of all, the hope we’ll be see­ing more of them in the pages of GT in the fu­ture... Dar­ren Scott @dar­ren_s­cott

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