An Australian-trained script-writer who began writing scripts for soap opera Home and Away, Holly Lyons moved to the UK to work, beginning with scripts for soap opera Emmerdale Farm (1999-2004). She followed this with work as script and story editor for 24Seven (2001-2002), a teen drama set at a boarding school; scripts for The Story ofTracy Beaker (2003), a children's program about an imaginative young girls living in a children's home; scripts and work as script editor for Girls in Love (2003), a children's series based on UK author Jacqueline Wilson's books; scripts for My Parents Are Aliens (2003), a children's program about orphans whose foster parents are stranded extra-terrestrials; work as script editor on Seriously Weird (2002-2004), a British-Canadian co-production; scripts for animated children's shows Fireman Sam (2005) and Horrid Henry (2006); work as script editor on My Life as a Popat (2007), in which thirteen-year-old Anand Popat turns his life into a series of comic fantasies; scripts for Welsh-English co-productions Holi Hana (2007-2008) and Igam Ogam (2009); scripts for My Almost Famous Family (2009); scripts for BAFTA-nominated children's comedy-drama Sadie J (2011); and scripts for BAFTA-nominated children's sit-com Dani's House (2008-2011).
In 2004, Lyons and Andy Watts co-created Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw, an anachronistic, pseudo-historical children's television drama in which twelve-year-old Tom York inherits the family business--of highwaymanning.
Lyons also worked as script editor for Australian/Scottish co-production Jeopardy, a TV series about alien encounters: Lyons was the only Australian script-writer working for the program.
As of 2012, she is again writing scripts for Home and Away.
Home and Away is a television serial created by Alan Bateman and produced by the Seven Network. The idea for the series came to Bateman (then head of drama at Seven) after he stopped to buy ice-creams in a small country town in southern NSW. While chatting to some locals, he learned that the town was unhappy about plans to build a home for foster kids from the city. At that time, Channel Seven was still smarting from its decision to let Neighbours go to the Ten Network, where it had become hugely popular, and was looking to create another series to rival its success. Bateman saw in the idea that became Home and Away the potential for plenty of storylines and conflict by having streetwise city kids being relocated to a small regional environment,
In the beginning, the series focused on Pippa and Tom Fletcher, who, being unable to have children of their own, decide to become foster parents. When Tom is retrenched from his city job, the couple buy the rundown Summer Bay Caravan Park and move there with their five foster children. Soon after arriving, they also take in troublesome Bobby Simpson.
The series debuted in January 1988 with an hour-long telemovie. Although this rated well, the series itself took some while to develop an audience. Having learned their lesson from the Neighbours debacle, Network Seven gave its new show time, and its ratings gradually increased. As with Neighbours, the Home and Away series and performers became very popular in the United Kingdom.