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BBC America Streams Hollyoaks

New York -- Targeting young viewers where they live – online – BBC America will offer new U.S. premieres of U.K. teen drama Hollyoaks daily on BBCamerica.com starting with two episodes on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

BBC America started showing recent episodes of the decade-old soap on June 4, and those 65 episodes that have aired are going into late-night repeats on the channel. The show blends light-hearted storylines that capture the spirit and excitement of being young while embracing serious issues – from teenage pregnancy to dating disasters.

New (to the U.S.) episodes beyond those 65 will premiere online daily and be available free of charge for a week. The channel didn’t disclose how many additional episodes it has beyond the 65, or whether those shows might be shown on the cable channel later.

“Hollyoaks is great for the online platform, it is a drama for The O.C. generation but with a gritty U.K. dose of reality,” BBC America programming VP Richard De Croce said in a release.

BBC America already has Hollyoaks podcasts, episode recaps, videos and an interactive who’s who info posted on its Web site.