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I watched this as I was a huge Jason Donovan fan back in the day and with the likes of Marcus Patrick who is probably better known for his role as Ben in Hollyoaks, I though I should give it a go.
Echo Beach is based in a town in Cornwall, Polnarren. Daniel Marrack played by Jason Donovan returns with his children who after many years away to set up a new business, unfortunately his return is not welcomed as well as he thought as his childhood sweetheart Susan Penwarden played by Martine McCutcheon and her husband Mark played by Hugo Speer and her family still live there and Mark will do anything to protect his family and avoid the past, but unfortunately you cannot run away forever.
Watch as the trial and tribulations uncover from the past all them years ago such as who is the father of Susan's son, is it Daniel or is it Mark?? They are both a possibility.
Also starring in this is Marcus Patrick who plays Ian Benton and his girlfriend Jackie played by Naomi Ryan, Susie Amy also plays Angela Cole probably better known for her role in footballer's wives.
This was ok, I would not say that it is the best programme I have seem, it also did not grab my undivided attention as some programmes I have to watch religiously and I found this one I could take it or leave it. The acting ability was pretty poor considering they had a pretty good cast and the Cornish accents they tried to speak were terrible.
You can still watch the reruns online worth watching if you're a Jason fan.
ECHO BEACH is an ITV1 soap broadcast on Friday evenings. It has a close relationship with the programme broadcast just before it, MOVING WALLPAPER, which is a comedy about the fictional writing team for ECHO BEACH.
The show stars soap stalwarts Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon as residents of a small Cornish community. They were in love many years ago but Donovan's character left under mysterious circumstances. He has now returned 20 years later with his own children, and the relationship between him and McCutcheon's character sets in motion a whole series of complicated events.
As a soap, Echo Beach fails spectacularly. I watched the first 6 episodes and then gave up. I found that I just did not care about any of the characters. McCutcheon is a poor actress (but then again when was acting skills needed for a soap?), and Donovan has a weird accent (and no it's not that it sounds Australian, it just sounds strange). None of the young totty characters appeal to me either (perhaps I'm just getting too old).
The most appealing parts of the show only come from watching the episode of MOVING WALLPAPER before it, and seeing how the ideas the writers have turn into the actual soap episode.
Many years ago I remember my nan watching TAKE THE HIGH ROAD, an appalling daytime soap opera. The quality of ECHO BEACH reminds me of the quality of that show. I just wish my nan was still around to see it.
I always like to give new television programs a chance when they come on and that's what I did with Echo Beach.
The advertising campaign for Echo Beach started around 6 weeks prior to it first being aired and featured a two program advertising campaign about Echo Beach and the program alongside it Moving Wallpaper. Seeing the brief adverts for the new soap as they called it, I noticed it did feature two very know faces of Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon. My first opinion of this was that it's not going to be very good, but I have got to give it a chance just to try and prove myself wrong.
Briefly about Moving Wallpaper. This program is about the making of Echo Beach, the casting, meeting the airing deadline and the general background of how the writers, directors, producers and other members of the crew run around like headline chickens to meet their deadline. Personally I didn't watch this properly and just about got the gist of it. This wasn;t really what I was interested in watching as the main feature of their advertising campaign was Echo Beach.
Echo Beach, itself is set in Cornwall and I must say that probably the most attractive thing on the screen has got to be Cornwall's beautiful beaches. The soap itself is based on 3 main character's Susan and Mark Penwarden and Daniel Marrack. Daniel arrives back to Cornwall after having been gone for nearly 20 years. Arriving back, he clearly isn't greated with open arms and the people of the town start to spread word that Daniel is back in town. Word gets round to Mark Penwarden, who clearly is not happy with this news, however his wife Susan does not quite agree with her husband.
Going back twenty years, something happened to leave the town with bad feeling for Daniel. On Daniels return after his wife's death rumours start to spread, dirt starts to get dug up and feelings again start to evolve.
The main cast are Daniel (Jason Donovan), Susan (Martine McCutcheon) and Mark (Hugo Speer). Amongst others that I would only call cast offs, or people that have been unfortunate in gaining additional work, you see the likes of Johnny Briggs, (Mike from Coronation Street), Chardonnay from Footballers Wives and Ben from Hollyoaks amongst some other familiar faces. However for the younger generation there is a lot of hot talent that may be eye candy for the teenagers to watch.
Not really liking the plot too much, the acting isn't great either. I would expect a lot more from the main two characters. Martine McCutcheon being a Cockney and Jason Donovan being Australian, the pair have very false posh English accents which initially made me laugh because you couldn't imagine them speaking like that anyway.
Surely it isn't a low budget production as a lot of markeing initiatives have been employed to raise awareness of this new soap and they continue to do that, however personally rating it I would rather spend my time watching Eldorado.
Friday's on ITV1 9:30 is when it is shown, Moving Wallpaper is always on before it. Have a look if there is nothing else on but I don't rate it very highly.
Echo Beach is a show about life, love and friendship loyalties set in a Cornish surfing town.