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Home and Away is an Australian soap which has been around since 1988. It's set in the fictional beach resort of Summer Bay, the fantastic beach scenes are filmed at Palm Beach, New South Wales.
Plenty of scenes are filmed on the beach, where a lot of barely clothed young men and women can be seen having a catch up or a surf which is pleasing on the eye for both male and female viewers.
Near the beach is the diner which is owned by Leah and Irene (played by Lynne McGranger, she has been in the show since 1991). This is where the residents of the bay go for lunch and chats.
When they are not lunching in the diner they are in Angelo's (named after the ex-cop who opened it but was bullied out by the Braxton brothers who now run it). This is a trendy Italian bar / restaurant and features in the show quite a lot.
The school used to be where a lot of the scenes were set, but we see a bit less of it these days. There is also the hospital which features quite a bit. There is normally one doctor (Sid at the moment) who seems to do everything. The same as the police station only has one or two police officers who work 24/7.
The most important place has got to be the caravan park. This was long ago the home ofTom and Pippa and lots of foster children, it is now the home of old favourite Alf Roberts who has been in the show since 1988, another old favourite Marilyn Chambers (played by Emily Symons who has had 3 stints in the show and was in Emmerdale for a while). Also living in the caravan park are alf's daughter and her husband. The caravan park is still a home for anyone who finds themselves a bit down on their luck and if there's no room in the house Alf can always hand them the keys to a van.
There's never a dull moment in Summer Bay. Just a couple of recent storylines include:
Romeo splitting up with his wife Indie and getting together with Ruby, when Romeo realises it's Indie he wants to be with Ruby fakes a pregnancy to try and keep him. When Ruby realises that Indie seems to have little interest in having Romeo back she decides to teach Indie a lesson by tampering with the brakes on her car. Indie loans the car to her brother Dex who has an accident and is still recovering from a head injury. As part of his treatment he is given a physiotherapist, Lisa, who falls for his dad, Dr. Sid Walker. Lisa has a few issues and is trying to get away from her physically abusive husband.
One of the Braxton brothers, Casey, was reunited with his father when he was released from prison. His dad, Danny, was trying to get Casey on side only to use him in a robbery. Casey winds up shooting and killing his dad Danny and then to make things worse misses his court date when his long lost brother Kyle kidnaps him and tries to kill him out in the bush. Casey is saved by a mystery girl Tamara who he is convinced was all in his imagination until she arrives in the bay to be a witness in his trial. Casey gets off pretty lightly and only has to go to prison on weekends but now he is torn between this girl Tamara and his girlfriend Sasha.
While all this is going on another of the Braxton brothers, Heath, has a baby with school teacher Bianca. Baby Rocco was premature and sick for a while before he dies not long after being released from hospital. Struggling to deal with their grief the couple blame each other and push each other away. Bianca turns to illegal medication and Heath concentrates on his brothers' problems.
This is just a small bit of what's been going on lately. The show has tackled some serious issues over the years such as rape, domestic violence, Irene's alcoholism, Liams drug problem, Belle & Irene's cancer stories and more recently the death of baby Rocco. They manage to portray such stories in a realistic way which includes some really sad moments without making the show too depressing to watch. It is a family programme and manages to have these storylines without anything too graphic so that younger viewers couldn't watch.
Home and Away is always going to be compared with the other big Australian soap, Neighbours. Home and Away is definitely my favourite and wins by a mile over the last couple of years. They still manage to come up with original stories, and those that aren't that original are done in a way so it doesn't feel like you've seen it all before. The sets and scenery are fabulous, the acting is good and the characters remain fresh and interesting.
Some of the actors have gone on to much bigger things, the show has featured actors such as Dannii Minogue, Naomi Watts and Heath ledger.
There have been nearly 5700 episodes produced and although it's viewing figures seem to have fallen over the years it is still a favourite of mine.
To see this for yourself you can tune in to channel 5 on weekdays at lunchtimes and again in the evenings. I usually record it and the episodes are just over 20 minutes without the ads.
I don't know what it is with this programme. My mum is obsessed with it, and I'm forced to watch it whenever it is on. I find some, in fact all of the characters very annoying, the plot lines predictable, the climaxes, often aren't that good, and the tragedys are aften laughable, and often seriously stupid.
But I still sit there watching it. I can't help it. I just think that it is so bad it's good.
It seems that they have to be in the hospital practically every episode, and it seems that Rachel is the only doctor there. And the police are around every episode as well, ok so the Charlie and Angelo are police people, but it seems they're the only police around in Summer Bay (where they are).
This programme must appeal to others like it does me and my mum (we love it because it is so awful), or they could genuinely just love it. But this soap is so much different to English soaps, because its actually funnier, and the fact that they don't actually act like it's real life (I feel like they do compared to english soaps anyway).
I would reccomend this, maybe if you're a soap freak, or you just like laughing at the silliness of it all.
I have watched Home and Away for years and I love it. It is not just my favourite soap but my favourite TV show.
Set in the small beach side town of Summer Bay the soaps characters cover all ages and the storylines are diverse. There are a couple of characters that have been in it forever, as well as other long term characters and those that flit in and out. Any new characters that come in often seem to have some form of relationship with a current resident and there also seems to be a higher than average proportion of teenagers in need of being 'taken in'.
The thing I love most about Home and Away, that other soaps don't seem to do, are the especially dramatic storylines that build over months and months and end up encompassing lots of smaller storylines that you wouldn't have thought were related. These dramatic culminations are shocking and surprising and keep you gripped throughout. My ultimate favourite of these has to be the Summer Bay stalker, where we were left guessing which resident had a secret grudge against the members of the town.
Aired on channel Five at six o'clock every weeknight Home and Away is well worth watching and will have you thinking it's summer all year, you may be just be surprised how much you enjoy it.
I was an avid viewer of both Home & Away and Neighbours as a teenager but lost touch with them after a few years. When both moved to Five, I picked up my viewing again and now back to being something of an addict.
If you're not familiar with the soap, it takes place in the small fictional coastal town of Summer Bay and the majority of the action takes place in the residents' houses, the Diner, the Surf Club, on the beach, in the high school or at the police station.
Compared to when I watched previously, there aren't that many of the 'old' cast left from the ITV days, with Alf and Irene being the main stalwarts left. As with Neighbours these days, a lot of the storylines focus on the younger members of the cast. In recent weeks and months, we've had Belle's cancer battle and subsequent death, Aden's struggle to cope with this, Ruby's shock at discovering that 'sister' Charlie is actually her mum and the love triangle between Ruby/Geoff/Xavier, and Nicole's infatuation/obsession with Dr Sid. Mixed in with these type of storylines are more dramatic ones such as Rachel and Tony's baby being abducted, Ross developing Alzheimer's and murder investigations.
I don't find that there are as many light comical scenes as there are in Neighbours so it's probably more of an ongoing drama series in comparison. For me, the characters are believable even if the storylines sometimes defy belief! One thing that does slightly irritate me is the fact that you rarely seem to have any characters who would be deemed unattractive. By this, I don't mean that they are all model material,but I can't recall many characters that would be deemed anything like ugly amongst the younger cast members. Surely even in a beachside community like Summer Bay you would have the usual mix of attractive and not-so-attractive people?
Home and Away is a Australian soap set in the fictional seaside town Summer Bay and is without doubt in my mind a secret pleasure.
The show is set in a fairly run down seaside town Summer Bay and centres around three things, the high school, the beach and the cafe/hang out point and basically is filled with really good looking people of both sexes. The show is a bit like an Australian version of Hollyoaks in that because the show is mainly centred on the high school has a high turnover rate for young pretty things of both sexes.
The show is more edgy than Neighbours often the stories are bit more explicit than the blandness from Grundy TV, there have been plenty of stories about abuse, sex, pregnancies, death, tragedy and even recently a bomb om a bus.
the show as I said is mainly centred on teenagers but there are two long term older characters, Alf the shop owner orginally has been in it since the start and is a bit of a solid dependable character and Irene whose been in it since the early nineties who started out as a drunken mum but has turned into a dependable character for the kids to go to.
The show tends to spin around the kids and there issues, they then tend to confide in the oldsters who do a bit of desparing and then the issue is cured and the stories move on. There are loads of opportunities for characters to move on, they are all school kids so they tend to be in for 2-3 years then move away to the big city (I think its sydney) and never return.
I think the perfect example of this shows casting is the casting of the policewomen Charlie Buxton whose played by Esther Anderson and is well gorgeous, high cheek bones, brunette, fantastic figure and tends to swing her handcuffs around a fair bit. Its fair to say that if I was ever arrested then she'd be the one I'd choose, and she's one of the older member of the cast and a responsible adult and she's only about 28.
Seriously the show is a blast of sunshine which is nice writing this in the dark month of November, the show is a bit frothy as there is constant movement of characters and the issues tend to play out for a few months before the character moves away and the story dies with them. The show has plenty of opportunities for showing the fabulous coastal scenery from the real town of Palm Beach near Sydney, lots of shots of surfing, tight trunks and skinny girls in bikinis.
As a serious peice of TV its not but its better than neighbours and a blast of sun when you need it.
My second favourite Australian soap export (Neighbours being my first) is Home and Away. I think I like Neighbours the best because to me it came before Home and Away and seems like the original Australian soap and I grew up more with it. However, Home and Away is the most successful series in the history of the Logie Awards (the Australian television industry awards) having won 34 Logies compared to 30 for Neighbours.
Home and Away began in 1988 and is now the second longest running Australia television soap. I remember when it started and was instantly attracted to the show due to the fact that it was set in beautiful Australia, right by the beach and featured lots of hot you guys and girls showing off their enviable bodies whilst they went surfing, swimming etc. This was a change from Neighbours that was just set in a street and seemed more exciting and fun. I think this has been most of its appeal over the years and why it has done so well because of the beautiful setting.
The setting on the show is a fictional beach town called Summer Bay. It is actually filmed in a place called Palm Beach in Sydney. It's actually a really beautiful coastline and I like the fact that a lot of the scenes are shown here as it helps you to escape to a brighter place for at least a half hour every night!
When the show first started it featured around a couple, Pippa and Tom and their foster family. This I thought was an interesting way to portray a family, very different from the usual relationships you find in soaps. I thought it was a brave way to take a popular television show but I think it definitely worked. It has remained with me and prompted a long held thought that someday I would also like to foster or work with kids like that in some way so if it has helped just one person then I can imagine it has been an inspiration to thousands others. Pippa and Tom's original house is still in the show and has been home now to many different families all with unusual family connections.
The school, Summer Bay high is featured quite a lot in the show too. I would say Home and Away is definitely focused on the kids in the soap, way more than the adults and probably a little bit more than Neighbours focuses on its young stars. Of course, adults still play a part in the show but I think we see much more about the kids friendships and relationships than the adults. A lot of the kids are from broken homes and come to live with someone who is not their real parent so in a way they have had to grow up very quickly and as such as much more in control of their lives than someone else of that age would be.
Home and Away has probably not produced as many stars as Neighbours ahs but it has still given us our fair share of stars. These include Dannii Minogue, Julian McMahon, Craig McLachlan, Melissa George and Isla Fisher.
Home and Away is an Aussie soap that is set in the fictional town of Summer Bay, Sydney. It began production in Sydney in 1987 but first aired in Australia in January 1988. Originally it centered around the caravan park and the Fletcher family, including a succession of foster children, that ran it.
It is shown in Australia on the Seven Network which originally produced and owned Neighbours but they axed the soap due to low ratings. When a rival network created a success of Neighbours, Seven decided they had been hasty and so created H&A to fill the gap.
Today only one of the original cast members remain, the head of the Stewart family, Alf, owner of the surf club and the bait shop, his wife Ailsa died and his wayward son Duncan left to stay with other relatives. he now lives in the caravan park with makeshift family Miles (a teacher at Summer Bay High), Kirsty, Kirstys son Ollie and foster child Jai.
Alfs Grandaughter Martha lives on a farm just outside town but also owns a house which she lets to her dead husbands cousins, one of which she is secretly in love with.
Ex-alcoholic Irene Roberts is a long running character since 1991 and now fosters any waifes and strays who come to the bay with no where to live. Currently her expandable walled house homes Belle (a photographer and recovering addict), Annie and Jeff (orphaned Christian children from the local farm) Claudia (Jeffs pregnant girlfriend) and from time to time Kirsty and Aiden (Belles on-off boyf)
Other current characters include nosey parker and resident busybody Colleen. Greek cafe owner Leah and her son VJ, Ex-SAS soldier Roman and his daughter Nicole and Bisexual Cop Charlie and her little sis Ruby.
A lot happens in the bay and it's not a safe place to live...since I began watching the soap, shown weekdays at 6.00 on channel 5 with an omnibus on saturdays, there has been numerous murders, 2 rapes, alcoholism, drug use, a mud slide, school fires, house fires, robberies, several religious cults, chemical spillages resulting in high amounts of cancer victims, drownings, kidnaps, snake bites, runaway teens...the list could go on and on.
Home and Away has been the starting block of many well own celebrites careers including Isla Fisher (confessions of a shopoholic) Dannii Minogue, Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) Heath Ledger (Batman, the Dark Knight) to name just a few.
I love Home and Away, it is light and fun and is aimed at a slightly younger generation than most British soaps. It is a great departure from the doom and gloom of British soaps and British weather.
Oh no not another soap addict I hear you say....But I m afraid I am, I cannot go through my week without a good soap story, so I thought I would write a review on one of my favourites.
Home and away is an Australian soap that has been on our screens since 1989 and was initially on itv, but is now aired on channel 5 at 6pm until 6.30pm. You can also get a preview of the next episode if you cannot wait until the next day, this is on channel fiver on sky 176. Not that I do this though;)
The soap was originally based around the Fletcher family who move to summer bay and run the caravan park, they fostered children from all kinds of backgrounds, one being a little girl called Sally who they eventually adopted and she remained in the show for years, even when the rest of the family were not.
The soap now follows different families in summer bay, and centers more around the school, diner, police, beach and caravan park which is now run by Sally's twin brother. There are a lot of younger characters that have been bought into the show and a lot of the older ones have now left, which I feel is better, and gives a better range for the audience watching.
Another original cast member is Alf Stewart. He is a lovable character who has had his ups and downs, illnesses and losses, but has remained in the show, he is known for his lines such as "strewth" and "fair dinkum" which is typical Aussie language.
Home and away are sponsored by Ragu sauces and there are some very annoying adverts prior to the shows start, and again in the break. I cannot stand the adverts as they are just silly and basically regarding a man smashing up food or eating dry pasta!!!
Home and away has been viewed on my tv screen for years, I love the characters and following their stories, and some of the stories are easy to relate to.
They have covered some good subjects over the years such as cancer, ocd, death, murder, misscaraige, and of course a good old doomed wedding!!!
The only down side to this particular soap is that sometimes the story lines seem to dry up a bit, and needs an injection of life into it, and there have been one too many bushfires for me!!
Having said that I still like the soap and characters and will continue to watch it for a good few years more.
Home and Away and Neighbours surely formed the cornerstones of after-school viewing for a generation of people around my age. How much did you look forward to getting home from school, and watching Neighbours then Home and Away instead of doing your homework?
Since 1987, when the Fletcher family (Pippa, Tom, Frank, Carly, Lynn, Steven, and Sally, their foster children) moved to Summer Bay, bought Summer Bay House and took over the Caravan Park, the show has won 34 Logie awards (the Aussie equivalent of BAFTAs).
For those of us who've watched the show for years, certain characters such as Don Fisher, the irascible but kind-hearted school principle, whose illegitimate daughter (as we found out later), by Morag Bellingham, Bobby Fisher, was surely one of the greatest inspirations of my teenage years. I wanted to be as grumpy and tomboyish as she. I wanted Ailsa to try and reform me, I wanted to wear denim shorts ALL the time...
Ahem. I rather lost track of that sentence. What I meant to say was that there are certain characters who have been in the show forever, who feel like family to people who were brought up on H&A. Alf Stewart (oh how I cried when he lost Ailsa), with his 'Flamin' mongrels' and his love of sea-fishing. Sally Fletcher, who was first introduced to the show at the age of seven, and who only recently departed (having become school principal - but then she was always a bit of a goody two-shoes) was a mainstay of the show for years.
Whilst Neighbours has recently become quite long-winded and dull in its story-lines, and ever more fantastic in it's ideas, H&A has always been a touch barmy. A loveable mad aunt, who keeps fluffy Polos in her pocket to give you when you see her. There have been so many deaths from non-natural causes in H&A in the past 21 years that the place must surely exist over some sort of infernal ley-line of doom. In the first series alone, we find out that Ailsa served time in prison for the murder of her abusive father...
In 2008 alone, we had a mad Reverend (who tried to kill Rachel and Annie), HIV positive Cassie, who was pregnant, Sally getting stabbed, 'dying', finding her long-lost brother, and leaving, Leah's husband Dan dying, Colleen was found to be a Stewart (through the unlikely plot device of a time-capsule....), Sam (Jack's 1st wife... actually, no, surely second, because he and Martha were married before...) killing Jonny Cooper, being found out by Jack, miscarrying and dying (all in a week! Busy people those Antipodeans...)
You get the picture. It's not a criticism - far from it. The whole point of soaps, as far as I can tell, is to be an escape from real life. People are more attractive, the sun shines more, you get a job when you need one, you fall in love in two episodes, get married in six weeks, have a baby in nine - life's easier and better.
Home and Away launched the careers of Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Danii Minogue, Guy Pearce, Julian McMahonand Simon Baker (The Mentalist).
Home and Away, although it has faltered in the past few years by focussing only on the younger cast members, seems to retain a sense of irony and self-awareness that other soaps lack. There are comedy storylines, and romance, and tragedy, and some fine acting - just recently, Aden's storyline about the abuse he suffered as a child was superbly handled, and Belle's descent into drug addiction has been equally well acted and thought out, not shying away from the grim reality of addiction.
I'm not trying to argue that H&A is particularly educational, nor is it the best television. It is, however, the best soap on tv.
Altogether now... "Hold me in your arms, don't let me go, I want to say for-ever....Closer each day..."
Home and Away is shown twice daily on Channel Five in the UK, with the next episode being available each day on Fiver. The UK airings are approximately two weeks behind the Australian schedule. For info on the show, including cast members (I haven't included names as there are too many, and it gets tedious) see:
- The Official Site from the Australian Channel 7 that shows H&A.
OK now I know that a lot of people are under the impression that Australian TV soaps are all cheesy and have bad acting, and if you watched Neighbours then you'd be right, but Home and Away is a completely different kettle of fish. The actors in it can actually, shock horror, act. They are all really brilliant actors - every time someone cries I cry, when someone laughs I laugh and surely this is the point of acting - to get you to feel the emotions to - not just to sit in front of a TV screen watching fake performances that have no effect on you?
Admittedly (and I cringe as I tell you this), I used to watch all the English soaps. But over the years they have just got worse and worse until the story lines are completely unbelievable and the actors are just pure rubbish now. I cannot watch them anymore. The only one that I still watch, without fail every day, is Home and Away.
Home and Away has been running since 1987 and is one of the longest running Australian TV series. It has been running alongside Neighbours since it started, which the Seven Network axed due to poor ratings, and instead created the more popular soap of Home of Away.
The show began with the main characters of Pippa and Tom Fletcher who ran the Summer Bay Caravan Park along with a succession of foster children, the most well-known of who was their adopted daughter, Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie), who only recently left the show last year.
Today, the caravan park is still up and running, managed by Sally's brother. There are still some well-known faces in the show from the beginning including Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher), Colleen Stewart (Lyn Collingwood) and Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger). It has also starred and brought to life some now famous Hollywood actors including Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic), Simon Baker (The Mentalist) , Heath Ledger, Dannii Minogue and Guy Pearce.
The only thing I find slightly annoying about the show is that it is just full of one tragedy after another. There is always something going wrong and as soon as someone starts smiling another thing will just come along and knock them back down again. For example, Martha Holden (Jodi Gordon) married the love of her life a few years ago. After a few months they were divorced and then a whole tangle of bad things happened to her including being kidnapped, having an abortion, being arrested for the possession of drugs, being conned by her boyfriend, and the list goes on. Eventually, she found her way back into the arms of her ex-husband only to re-marry him and have their wedding day venue blow up in flames, then get cancer and have a miscarriage, and then, when she finally overcomes the cancer and you think everything's worked out well, her husband goes and gets shot. And all this before she's even reached her mid-20s! I think Summer Bay must be cursed!
Home and Away is filled with a mixture of love and friendship, and hate and deceit and always has something going on. It's such a great programme that they've previously won 34 Australian Logie Awards and they've been nominated for 7 awards this year including Most Popular Drama.
The show is set in Summer Bay and is filmed by the Seven Network in various locations in Sydney. You can see the show being filmed in some locations such as Palm Beach, Sydney, where I visited last year and you can see the main (and beautiful) beach from the show as well as Alf's Surf Club. If you like Home and Away then this is definitely worth a visit on a trip to Sydney. You can get in touch with the Seven Network and they will tell you when they are filming there. I met the characters of Jack and Tony Holden (both VERY good looking!), Rachel Armstrong, Kirsty Sullivan, Ruby Buckton, Roman Harris, Geoff Campbell (who I got to hug right after he came out of the surf!), Rick Dalby and Jai Fernandez. It's great watching them actually doing the scenes and then watching them on TV when you get back is weird and I kept thinking to myself I was standing right there!
Home and Away is definitely a great show to watch if you like these sorts of things and it's by far the best one that has been produced in Australia.
It's shown every weeknight on Channel 5 at 6 pm and you can get a first look at the next's day's episode straight after at 6.30 pm on Fiver (freeview 36). If you miss any the omnibus is on at 12 pm on Saturdays or you can catch up on Demand 5 on www.five.tv.
Home and away has been on our tvs for many years. It was a massive hit in the 1990s, and rivalled with neighbours. Then it seemed to lose momentum and was taken off itv. I totally forgot about home and away and concentrated on Neighbours for many years afterwards.
However over the last year or two, home and away has become brilliant again, and the show has really pulled out all the stops. Theres some great characters and the acting is very good. I find the stories gripping and inventive. They havent changed the beginning music very much from when it was first broadcast, and i like this aspect.
The one thing though thats been getting on my nerves a little is that some characters are really over used, and one girl in particular seems to be in some kind of dramic event in nearly every episode.
I like the way they have kept up with the foster home and caravan park, and only recently sally left the bay, after being on the show since the very beginning.
I find the humour pretty good in this show, and i like the mix of different characters. Overall home and away has become one of my favourites, and is on every weekday at 6.00pm on channel 5. If you miss the show, they also repeat on fiver on the weekends.
I totally love Home and away I have been watching it for such a long time and the characters are fantastic.
Its getting a little sad at the moment those of you who watch it will soon find out why.
Home and away is on every week day at 6pm and is repeated at on saturday around 2pm.
You can also watch the next days episode straight after the 6pm weekday if you have fiver and can not wait a day to get your next daily fix of home and away.
Its always sad when characters leave cos you feel like you get to know them so well.... Ok yes its only a soap but Im sure many of you who do watch it will agree, while some characters will annoy you thats the whole part of soap dramas you either love the character or you really dont like them.
I dont know what Id so if I couldnt watch Home and Away I love my soaps.
Home and away was always the more dramatic of the two aussie soaps that we get in this country.
Its had a lot of cast come and go. Those that leave often manage to come back for brief stints. I can think of 2 cast members (Vinnie and Peter) that we were told were dead and actually they were just in witness protection. There are a lot of accidents in summer bay and as such one of the main sets is the hospital. Soaps are always a collection of the exciting moments in life and Home and Away is certainly an example of this type of show.
The main cast is usually wholesome with one rogue, often male who is loved and nurtured into good behaviour by the rest of the cast. Home and Away, like Neighbours has launched several female singing careers, I don't know what their success in Australia is but over here they don't make any waves.
The older cast members are the ones I find the most irritating and I'm glad that they update the cast for this reason. I have watched a variety of episodes over the years most recently in the last 5 years. You can pretty much guarantee that nothing will run smoothly in summer bay and that any event that should be happy will be plagued by a tragedy or a trouble maker.
Home & Away is an Australia Soap Opera. It has been on our screens for years and years now. Infact it is now celebrating 20 years!
Summer Bay is the small coastal town in New South Wales Australia with miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The diner and surf club are the hubs of the village, Summer Bay High School is also where a lot of drama happens. The most iconic place in Summer Bay is the Caravan Park where most people end up living for a while!
This soap is used ot be on channel 4 and made the move to channel five a couple of years ago now.
I love watching this soap, it is great for all ages of people. It deals with some great issues and has a superb cast, some of which have been on Home and Away since it started!!!
The longest cast member is Mr Alf Stewart.
Well worth a watch, you will become addicted!
Home and Away is an Australian soap on Channel 5. Every day I look forward to my little half hour of this. A little indulgence in what we can't have over here in the UK, SUNSHINE. The beaches are amazing and you just fantasize about being there. I've watched this on and off for years and am now totally addicted. Used to watch it with my nan lunchtimes in the summer holidays.
I love the current cast of the soap. So many talented actors and actresses. My favourites include Belle Taylor, Aiden Jefferies and Martha. Also absolutely adore Alf, just love him to be a distant relative. I'm really enjoying the current story with the Belle investigating the building site.
Personally, I'd quite like the see Sally come back. I know she hasn't been gone long, but she's definitely missed by us avid viewers. On the other hand, Kirsty was has just returned has got to go. She is definitely the worst actress on the show and has played a bit of a nothing role since being back.
The storylines that they come up with are fantastic, never a dull moment in summer bay. I'm also a big fan of the home and away website http://www.seven.com.au/homeandaway. I check this on a weekly basis to look at the pictures and keep ahead of the UK schedule and storylines. Always read spoliers!!
Australia's longest running series.