Hollyoaks records a remote podcast amid Coronavirus pandemic

Hollyoaks has recorded a remote episode of the Don’t Filter Feelings podcast amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The podcast — which is hosted by presenter and journalist Lauren Layfield — features conversations about issues which matter, with people who have stories to share. 

This particular episode — entitled Listen Up in Lockdown — features actor Ashley Taylor Dawson — who plays Darren in the Channel 4 soap — and mental health campaigner Josh Connolly, as they discuss male mental health. 

Ashley, Josh and Lauren all connected via a video call while recording their own contributions. 

Ashley said: ‘It’s either you are going through a portal or going into a hole, and that’s how you’ve got to attack it really. You’ve got to make it something, make it an experience instead of wallowing in the misery of what it could be.’

On home-schooling his children, the actor said: ‘As a dad you sort of try and be the all-knowing father, but your kids who are nine are better at their times table than you are.’

Ashley’s character Darren has been battling depression, and pal Kyle Kelly (Adam Rickitt) has been incredibly supportive — all the while he suffers in silence.


The podcast will launch Hollyoaks’ ‘Month of Listening’ — a multi-platform campaign that encourages people to become better listeners and not to ‘filter’ the feelings of those who are brave enough to open-up.  

All the activity during the ‘Month of Listening’ will sit under the #DontFilterFeelings brand.

Don’t Filter Feelings Podcast will be available to listen to from Wednesday 1st April at 12pm.

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