Hollyoaks Writer Explains Olivia Newton-John Reference in New Ep

Hollyoaks Writer Jonathan Larkin explained the Olivia Newton-John reference that appeared in tonight’s (August 9) first look episode of E4.

It was announced yesterday (August 8) that the legendary Fat and Xanadu The actress, pop star and activist had died at the age of 73. It was her third battle with breast cancer, and the star has spent years advocating for and helping fund research.

In the latest episode of HollyoaksDonna-Marie Quinn burst into the room wearing a bright pink leotard and practiced to the song by Olivia Newton John Physical while James Nightingale has announced his intention to reapply for his old job, believing that criminal mastermind Norma has bugged his house and would be listening.

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Soap operas often film new scenes that reference last-minute real-world events, slipping them into the edit very shortly before airing. EastEnders did it last week with the Lionesses’ historic football victory (and Hollyoaks announced that Lauren Hemp will appear on the soap opera this week).

However, Larkin explained that the scene was scripted and filmed in advance, and it was just a fun/touching coincidence.

“The gay gods worked and weirdly a while ago Olivia Newton-John in my new #Hollyoaks tonight at 7pm on e4!” he wrote on Twitter.

“There was actually a full tribute (“Xanadu? You don’t look more like Xanadon!”) which unfortunately didn’t make it (a few minutes) but #ONJ is still there!”

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The official Hollyoaks The Twitter account added, “Tonight we featured a song by the wonderful Olivia Newton-John. Sending our love to all family and friends. Rest in peace.”

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Hollyoaks now airs first on All 4, with new episodes dropping every weekday morning. The show airs Monday to Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4.

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