"I used to wanna be superman…" begins Brendan’s opening monologue to Hollyoaks Later and with the news this week of Emmett appearing in comic book movie Guardians of the Galaxy I thought it was an appropriate choice. This first episode of Hollyoaks Later kicks off a cinematic looking series where Brendan’s darkness and the root of his trauma is fully revealed. Worth a rewatch alone if only for the brilliant opening sequence (and the black humour of his Stupid Cupid dance).
This is a great episode that I’d almost forgotten about. Brendan’s under pressure with Pete’s arrival, terrified he’s going to spill his secrets. He also has Rae on his back who threats to expose his sexuality to Warren if he doesn’t leave Ste alone. It all gets a bit much when everyone surrounds him in the club and after warning Ste that Pete’s not to be trusted (and some classic face touching) he comes up with a plan to get rid of Rae.
This episode features one of my favourite Emmett performances where Brendan, distraught at losing Lynsey, unleashes a tirade against Joel and smashes up the club. Later him and Walker try and track down Samson, with Brendan believing him to be the one who murdered Lynsey. There are some lovely but sad Brendan and Cheryl scenes too.
Three words you’re happy to hear on a Friday: Stendan, Broxy, Britzeee. This whole period was Hollyoaks gold as far as I’m concerned. Brendan and Mitzeee reveal to the world that they’re now a couple, much to Ste and Cheryl’s horror. Brilliance ensues. Add in Brendan terrorising hapless Lee Hunter and you’ve got a true classic Brendan episode. Contains a tash joke, one about murder and one about ‘positions’. What more could you want?
A firm favourite for many fans, this episode sees Brendan try and keep his two lives separate. Having just committed to Ste with those three little words, he comes face to face with his ex-wife Eileen and guess what? She’s bringing his son to stay. Brendan’s torn in two by his secrets making desperate promises to keep Ste, but faced with the threat of losing his family. Brendan’s anguish and torment is always a joy to watch; Emmett Scanlan rips your heart in two by the end.
Three years ago bonfire night ended disastrously with Amy laid up in hospital. But who else happened to be in the same hospital? Macca, Brendan’s ex! This week Flashback Friday gives us one of my favourite Bramy moments, with him terrorising her in the hospital bed (“I should have brought you flowers”). Macca also gives Brendan a bizarre/desperate ultimatum - dump Ste or he’ll go to the police! Classic 2010 Brendan.
From The Daily Mirror
First up is Mr Brendan Brady of Hollyoaks. Emmett J Scanlan played an absolute blinder as the troubled bar owner and when Brendan bowed out in March this year, I found myself in tears. Yes, Double-B had racked up an astonishing four murders during his time in Chester, but as he said himself ‘no one died that didn’t deserve to die’.When Brendan first rocked up, he was easy to dislike: being a homophobic gay man with tendencies towards murder and domestic violence are never going to make you popular. But by the time he danced his last dance, we’d followed Brendan on a journey, where we learned the reasons behind his messed-upness. A sexually abusive father and a grandmother who knew but had never stopped it are going to do that.
The writers wanted us to fall in love with Brendan, they wanted us to see that he wasn’t born bad and he wasn’t all bad. His final sacrifice proved that. Taking the blame for his sister Cheryl (who shot their abusive dad) and letting her live her life, touched me to tears. And although I felt a bit short-changed that Brendan didn’t get shot down in a blaze of glory, I’m actually pleased now that he didn’t get killed off. I’m hoping for a Warren and Brendan behind bars spin-off. Like a UK Prison Break.
Brendan and Cheryl attend family counselling (Brendan would rather go to the pub). Cheryl leads the talking whilst Brendan takes the piss, until the traumatic topic of their father rears its head. Their experiences of childhood couldn’t be more different. It’s a gut wrenching and disturbing insight into the effect Seamus has had on Brendan. Brilliant performances.
Broxy team up to talk skincare routines and unnerve Dodger, thinking he has their money. Brendan knows a lot about pulmonary arteries and moisturiser and treats us to a verse of the Bones song. A fun slice of Broxy history.
Brendan and Ste are, as always, crazy for each other in this joy of an episode. With Seamus seemingly out the way, Brendan indulges in his hunger. Who can resist an episode of flirty Brendan? It’s just a little unfortunate his plans to kill off his dad didn’t go quite to plan…
Some really old school Brendan from his first month in Hollyoaks. Brendan’s associate Veronica tries to blackmail him by staging a rescue of Cheryl. It’s full of classic Brendan brooding and his secrets under threat as well as some pretty dodgy tie-dye…!
It’s been a whole year since the incredible series of Hollyoaks Later aired in 2012. It was a week that changed everything and if you haven’t done so already, it’s worth watching the whole week again (click here for the playlist). Today’s #BBFlashbackFriday showcases, in my opinion, some of Emmett’s greatest work in the scenes with Nana Flo. Brendan sunk to the darkest depths in this week but it was the scenes with Nana when the horrific truth of his childhood became known, which made the series, I thought.
The beginning of the end for Brendan. This episode saw him try and get Cheryl and Ste to safety in the knowledge that Walker was back and out for him. The heartbreaking standout scene between Brendan and Ste through the deli door is one of the many reasons why Emmett and Kieron so deserve their best partnership award - incredibly emotional and difficult scene beautifully portrayed. Not for the faint hearted.
A heavy-going emotional episode this week: the aftermath of Lynsey’s death. The episode before ended with Brendan coming home to find Lynsey murdered on the sofa. The shock death easily made this one of the best episodes of summer 2012. Brendan and Cheryl’s grief was incredibly powerful and we saw Brendan in a vulnerable state unlike ever before, kickstarting Ste and Brendan’s connection with a comforting hug.