Made in Manchester is producing a special hour long programme examining at what it’s like to be a young person growing up starring in one of Britain’s top TV shows
Generation Soap, presented by Scott Mills, is next week’s edition of the BBC ‘Radio 1 Stories’ strand and will air on the network from 9-10pm on Monday night.
Producer and MIM Creative Director Ashley Byrne says: ‘From Weatherfield to Walford via Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Pobol Y Cwm in Wales, we get a real insight into life as a young actor in soap. Meeting them all, I’ve been truly amazed by the sheer dedication they have to their art. These actors are working long hours to keep us entertained week in, week out. The pace with which they work is quite extraordinary.’’
Soap stars Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster in Coronation Street), Jamie Borthwick (Jay Mitchell in EastEnders), Stephanie Davis (Sinead O’Connor from Hollyoaks), Alfie Browne-Sykes (Jason in Hollyoaks), Dyfan Rees (Lolo in Pobol Y Cwm), Maddie Heath (Amy Kelly in Coronation Street), Charlie Clapham (Freddie in Hollyoaks), Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden in Emmerdale), Jess Ellis (Tegan in Hollyoaks), Sammy Winward (Katie Addyman in Emmerdale), Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning in EastEnders), Isobel Hodgins (Victoria Sugden in Emmerdale), Amanda Clapham (Holly in Hollyoaks) and Emily Tucker (Shonned in Pobol Y Cwm) discuss what it’s like to have your life turned upside down by landing a role in a soap as a child actor.
The young actors speak about the challenges of balancing long filming days with their school work and seeing friends; the responsibilities that come with taking on controversial storylines and what it’s like to play heartthrobs.
The stars also talk about the exciting but precarious nature of show business and reveal how they cope with the increasing demands and pressures of social media. We also hear from some of the people who work behind the scenes including editors, directors and music researchers.