When a fandom spans a long period and you jump aboard a ship mid-way through or when it’s finished you can sometimes miss little nuggets of behind-the-scenes facts which make the story so much better. And if you’ve been on the ship from the start, clutching your OTP and whispering “my babies” into the night you will hold these snippets of information to your chest with adoration.
So for the new Stendan fans, the veterans, the curious and the virgins I present The Ultimate Guide to Stendan offering as much information on the two and a half year phenomenon. I hope you enjoy.
I have tried to include a ‘source’ where possible, however sometimes you’ll just have to take my word for it. Information comes from my big ol’ memory, articles and interviews, old tweets or from conversations with Emmett.
Part One: Early Beginnings & Secret Sexuality
The closest episode I could get to a summer holiday one! Brendan even wears his blue summer shirt! Although like most of Brendan’s life, it’s not the happy summer day it could be. Brendan’s made a promise to join Ste and the kids, with estranged son Declan, to a trip to Disneyworld Florida. But he’s torn between his heart and his fears and can’t go through with it. The scene in the car is such a powerful moment - it always gets to me seeing Brendan’s struggle.
With lots of new fans discovering Brendan Brady for the first time I thought I’d choose an episode that was one of the first that grabbed my attention way back in 2010. A personal favourite of mine! It’s not a hugely remarkable episode but for me it made me think “Ooh hang on, am I sensing some sort of sexual tension?”* (pleased to find out it wasn’t just in my mind!) and immediately Brendan and Ste had an interesting dynamic. It sets up the foundations of their relationship well - from manipulation, dodgy dealings and mutual understanding about fatherhood.
*all that talk of a ‘package’ and talking in close proximity
I was commissioned by a fan of Hollyoaks to work on a Ste and Brendan piece. She has it now and loves it so I thought I’d share it with the world! If you want to commission something like this then get in touch now, either on here or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
i really REALLY want to watch brendan brady’s story line on hollyoaks but like where would I even start with this
there’s so many episodes
where would i find them
i don’t even watch soaps that often
what is the meaning of life
It’s currently a work in progress (because there are hundreds of episodes) but I’m putting together an ultimate playlist of Brendan Brady episodes in order from the first to the last.
So for anyone else who wants to, whether you’ve just discovered Emmett and Brendan or want a rewatch, the playlist is
(if the order is weird when you click it’s because I’m still ordering things. The first episode is August 5th 2010)
Sunday saw Emmett’s character Simon in In The Flesh jump in front of a gun and take a bullet for Kieren. So here’s an episode where the mortal, wounded Brendan throws himself into Walker’s path to save Ste. This was an amazing week of episodes with Walker out for revenge and targeting Brendan’s loved ones and after his plans to kill Ste are thwarted he kidnaps and drugs Brendan’s son Declan.
This episode sort of speaks for itself doesn’t it? The writer of this episode Jessica Lea tweeted in reference to this episode earlier in the week saying “I wrote one of their 1st snogs in the cellar & Brendan’s grunting was so dirty it got cut.” so I had to make this Flashback Friday. You know how it goes: the day after the night before Brendan succeeds in making Ste flustered about his sexuality and then moves in for the kill with the cellar door locked. The rest is history….