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Life's a beach!
Home and Away
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Home and Away
Advantages: Good acting, interesting storylines
Disadvantages: Not long enough!
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.
Summary: My favourite soap at the minute