Home & Away is my favourite soap on TV in fact I have often been disappointed when I have had to work late at work and therefore missed the start or sometime the whole episode which airs on five every week day at 6:00, just after neighbours. Summer bay has a beautiful white sanded beach, high school, caravan park, surfclub, gym and bar where many of the scenes are set.
Home & away is set in summer bay a small town in Australia the characters range greatly in age from Alf Stewart who is approx 60 to younger cast members like VJ who has just started high school. The storylines are always exciting and different, it is often very difficult to predict where the storyline will end up. There are many faces that you will recognise if you watch home & away back in the early 90's and I think the programme is addictive and better than ever.
I find the sponsored by adverts at the beginning, middle and end of the programme quite annoying but it does not put me off.
The programme in the last few months has covered a number of topical issues including, racism, people smuggling and grieving. I have found on occasions some of the storylines are a little far fetched for example as a small town they have experienced a huge number of storms that have resulted in many deaths within the characters. These storylines have been dealt with very well though and sometimes quite emotional.
Home and Away is my favourite soap at the moment!
Home and Away is based in the fictional beach town of SummerBay in Austrailia. It is your typical Australian soap and is very similar to Neighbours.
The main sets used in the show are
Caravan site - only ever seems to be used by people who live in the Bay! Run my Miles after sister Sally left.
Gym & Surf Centre - gym run by Tony and the surf centre is now a bar run by Alf.
The diner - been destroyed more times that i can remember and is now onwed my Leah.
The school - you very rarely see the kids actually at the school!
The beach - ahh the lovely golden sands and glistening seas.
What confuses me is you never seem to see anyone doing their weekly shopping, doing their laundry or any other normal everyday tasks. This is the main reason why most soaps do not seem realistic!
The story lines in Home and Away have covered almost every eventuality including floods, storms, teenage pregnancy and HIV right through to a crazy teen trying to blow up a school bus with a home made bomb!
All this said i still love it and cant get enough of the Hugo being the baddie story line at the moment.
Home and Away can be seen on channel 5 every weekday evening at 6pm
Home and Away is definietly one of my favourite tv shows. It is just so trashy and typical of autralian soaps that it is just so enjoyable to watch and to take your mind of the real world for 25minutes! Home and Away (H&A) is shown on channel 5 at 6pm every weekday, and then repeated the following lunch time at 12:30pm. It also has an omubious on staurday mornings, so if you ever miss an episode at least you can pratically guarentee you'll catch up with it at some time in your busy life scedule. I personally like H&A as it is very much based around the lives of the teenage chacracters in the cast and this makes it more fun to watch without having to sit through an episode of attcaks, murders, illnesses and general upset, which you don't really want to see when you swich on the tv for entertainment purposes. Unlike some of the more intense soaps, like Eastenders, it is not so graphic due to the time scedule in Austarlia and England. To me this is definitly an advantage, although if you prefer the more heavy exciting storylines then perhaps you may find it a little too tame. Another defintie advantage which can apply to both the males and females is that everyone who lives in 'summer bay', just happens to be very good looking! This is also emphaised by the many beach scenes, with the females in their bikinns (for you guys to keep you interested), and life guards in their trunks for the ladies to ogle at!! (enter the old actor of flynn and nick!!) Trousers are rarely ever worn by the younger cast, and shorts and skirts are regularlly seen. What i find quite funny is that even when in real life the weather is freezing cold and windy the cast still have to film their beach scenes dressed as if it was the middle of summer!! The setting of home and away is a beautiful beach, which of course is always spot lessley clean and the sand is always white and shining. The water is also an advantage, the guy
s favourite pasttime is surfing and you also of course get the occasional drowing where everyone gathers around and a sexy life guard runs in and saves them, and the suspense is climaxised! Althouth this is a very typical setting it deosn't really matter as i find it much beter to look at than the grotty house and streets of the British soaps. the other main places to 'hang out', if you live in summer bay are the Dinner and the surf club. The Dinner consists of just tables, and of course 'OJ's' and coffees. It really does amaze me how everyone on H&A always has enough money to get breakfast, lunch, a milkshake, and dinner from the dinner! The surf club, is quite obviously, for the surfers and the younger memebers. With a pool table, pinball machine, gym and cafe it is certainly a hang out which i know my town could do with! The cast of H&A i find are generally good actors/actresses, and each play their characters very well. My favourite characters are the gang of Nick, Seb, Kirsty and Jade, and then the slightly older set of Hayley, Noah, Dani and Alex. Max the 8year old boy with the mind of a 25 year old is also a great asset to the show providing humour with his many dilemas and attitude! I like these chacraters best as they are similar to everyday teenagers and have the worries of boyfiends/girlfriend, and exam etc. Rather than the more unbelivablt stories which are sometimes seen with soaps. Humour is also a common feature in H&A, with their being beach parties and the usual boy meet girls storylines, where you know in the end they'll get together but its still great to watch! Even the old classic members of the cast who have been there for years upon years are still intersting. Alf never fails to come out with classic Aussie quotes which never fail to have you laughing!! Although Donald has recently left the soap, to live with his new girlfiend, sally flecter is also still in it, after being in their
since being about 5 years of a ge. It is also good as from time to time, some of the old cast come back for reunions etc, which is always good to see. For exmaple for sallys wedding last week Alisa and Donald cam back, as well as Collens Lancy and sophie. Every episode of H&A ends with a usual soap cliffhanger and keeps you wanting to watch the next episode to find out what happens. Although i said the stoylines aren't that greaphic they have still covered the ususal stories of deaths, rapes and most recently a gay storyline. There is quite a large cast turnover in home and away with new characters often coming in and old ones leaving. they also do the occasional sawpping of actors for whatver reasons. The most recent change in chancter was with Flynn. I loved the way they got around it though as the new flynn looked nothing like the old, Alf steward had lost his memeory so when Sally came into the hospital with a new guy on her arm, alf comment of he's he fitted perfectly!! Overall H&A is a pleasure to wtach and always keeps you interested. It is also easy to catch up with!
I confess to being a Home and Away addict, there I've admitted it! I've watched it on and off since it first hit our screens in the UK. I can remember when Danni Minogue was in it. It's the sort of programme you can not watch for ages and it will only take a couple of episodes or until the commercial break for those who are really clever, to catch up with it. I've started watching it again in the last year, it's a good thing to watch when I come home from work because it relaxes me. It's on Channel 5 on weekdays at 6 and repeated at 12.30 there is an omnibus on Saturday afternoons at 2.55. An episodes usually lasts for about 25 minutes. It is set in Summer Bay a fictional town on Australia's east coast. It's quite a small town with a gorgeous permanently sunny beach. Most of the action takes places in the following places, which are also the major areas of employment in Summer Bay BAY SIDE DINER: Most of the characters visit the diner at least once a week, more if they're teenagers who seem to divide their time between here and the surf club. School kids are often seen here before school. It's run by Leah Patterson who jointly owns it with Alf. SURF CLUB This is enough place where the youth of summer bay spend a lot of their time. Alf is often to be found here as well as he's something to do with the lifeguards, haven't figured out what HIGH SCHOOL As the storylines involve lots of teenagers we see a lot of the High School and at present there is a campaign to save the high school from shutting down. HOSPITAL With the introduction of Charlotte the doctor lots of Summer Bay residents are finding themselves in the hospital for a while, well I suppose the producers can't build a new set and not use it. CARAVAN PARK This is where the Sutherland family live and we tend to see a lot of them. Also its like the local hotel housing drop outs passing through town and char
acter's undesirable secret relatives. DROP IN CENTRE Yes this quiet Australian small town has a centre for teenager runaways/ kids in trouble that seems to be permanently full and needs lots of staff. You won't find oscar worthy acting in Home and Away, but if I wanted that I'd watch an oscar worthy film. Anyway, the characters can be cliched there's always a teenage rebel who drops out of school and then sees the error of their ways, an alcoholic who reforms and now everyone loves them and a teenager who moves to Summer Bay and hates it because its a small town but grows to realise just how wonderful it all is. So without further ado here's a list of characters DON FISHER One of the original characters of Home and Away. He's a bit 'straight' and principal of the high school, nicknamed 'flathead' by his students he's passionate about teaching. He's had lots of tragedy in his life his son Alan died of a brain haemorrhage, long lost daughter Bobby died in a boating accident his baby son Byron died and his wife Marilyn left him. SEBASTIN MILLER He came to Summer Bay with his very ill mum who died. It turned out that he's the son of Don's son Alan who died from a brain haemorrhage. At first he is cynical and untrustworthy of everyone, but forms a relationship with Don. Also he goes out with Kirsty Sutherland before her wild child phase. SALLY FLETCHER Sally is another stalwart of Home and Away. Her parents died when she was three, she was adopted by Pippa and Tom who moved to Summer bay when she was eight then ran a huge foster family with lots of kids who came and went and then they left. Sally stayed on to be a teacher at the high school. She' had a few serious relationships and is currently seeing Flynn Saunders. Recently she had cancer surgery that left her infertile. FLYNN SAUNDERS Came to Summer Bay to work in the drop in centre. Recently he's fo
und his junkie sister Ashley in the city and managed to rehabilitate her. LEAH PATTERSON Bubbly girl with a big heart, she's a chef at the diner. She comes from a big greek family and is very family orientated. She's married to Vinnie and they have a baby son VJ, however Vinny has recently been sent to prisoner because he?s crooked dad conned him into committing unknowing fraud. Leah is distraught and doesn't know how she?ll cope. VINNIE PATTERSON Vinnie used to be a bit of a jack the lad who always had a scheme on the go. Leah and their baby VJ have changed him into a devoted family man, however he's been sent to prison. They?re both all of 21, but thats Home and Away a lot happens to people in a short space of time! ALEX POULOS He's Leah's brother and has a bit of an eye for the girls of Summer Bay. He's had a thing with Danni and Brodie and is now after single mum Keli and accidentally pretended VJ was his son. He's very caring and is helping Leah out a lot. REESE SUTHERLAND He owns the caravan park with his wife Shelly and also runs the kiosk at the surf club. He's a loving father but can be a bit stern and gruff. He's not to be crossed if someone messes with his family. SHELLY SUTHERLAND She's a social worker at the drop in centre and is a little bit more laid back than Reese. She's caring and emphatic with her daughters and the kids at the drop in centre DANI SUTHERLAND Eldest daughter about 17. The Sutherland girls have the distinction of being the only teenagers in the soap to live with both natural parents. At first she hated Summer Bay and was a bit rebellious, but has calmed down. She had a big agony ridden relationship with Will Smith and was distraught when he married Gypsy. She?s currently seeing Josh who I think is living in the caravan park. JADE SUTHERLAND About 15 and Kirsty?s twin sister. She?s a bit of a 'goody two shoes', altho
ugh she was bulimic for about two episodes a while back.She's Nick Smith?s girlfriend and is currently helping him after he's been paralysed after a bus crash. KIRSTY SUTHERLAND Kirsty has gone from being athletics mad to being a wild child. Angry with her parents, especially Reese she can't wait to grow up. She left school to work at a hairdressers and has got in with an older crowd of people who don't go to the diner, so she's in big trouble and this week takes an ecstasy tablet. Oh how Home and Away has changed at one point the kids were naughty if they had a too strong latte at the diner. BRODIE I'm not quite sure where the Sutherlands acquired Brodie from, she?s their foster daughter and her mum used to hit her. I wasn't watching it when she arrived in Home and Away and the channel 5 site haven't updated it enough to include Brodie. Brodie is a bit of an annoying character really, she?s always doing the right thing and fighting for some cause or other she organise the school sit in to save the high school. JOSH WEST He's a recent arrival who lives in one of the Sutherland's caravan. His parents are extremely wealthy, but he wants to make it on his own and train to be a life guard. He?s currently seeing danni. ETHAN He's a very new character who is son of the Y'abbey Creek?'s High school's principal. In Home and Away the Y?abby Creek is the next town on and is usually where characters go for university, underage drinking and shops. He's very keen on Brodie but she's still grieving for her boyfriend Miles who was killed in a car accidnet. IRENE ROBERTS Irene used to be an alcoholic and was an awful mum to ex home and awayees Finlay and Damien. Now she's a reformed character. She's still a bit rough around the edges, but is a devoted mum figure to Nick, hayley and will smith and school secretary.She was engaged to the Smith kid's ex alcoholic d
ad who died before they could marry. deShe?s down to earth, wise and will speak her mind. NATHAN ROBERTS He's living with his mum after getting out of prison. He started of being nasty and jealous of how good Irene is with the Smith children. He's recently started to be happier and to get along with people more after being a hero at the scene of the school bus crash. WILL SMITH Eldest Smith child. He witnessed his alcoholic dad beating their mum and was moved between lots of care homes he?s passionate about keeping his family together after they were reunited. He had a big thing with Dani Sutherland. He was devastated to find out his ex girlfriend Gypsy was pregnant after a brief fling, he decided he still loved her, dumped Danni married Gypsy and they?ve recently moved to Queensland. HAYLEY SMITH She's about 18, bubbly and pretty but can be feisty. She's going out with Noah Lawson after they got over his alcoholism. NICK SMITH He's a bit brattish, but like most of Summer Bay's teenagers hasn't had the easiest of lifes. Recently Nick was paralysed in a school bus crash and now may never walk again. He's going out with Jade Sutherland. JUDE LAWSON He had to leave school early to support his younger brother Noah. He has a cleaning contract business and cleans the school and hospital. His mad ultra religious mum made a brief appearance and then disappeared. He's studying to be a lawyer. His girlfriend Charlotte is pregnant and he doesn't know how to tell her that he doesn't love her. NAOH LAWSON He's a former rebel and alcoholic. It took ages for him to overcome his alcoholism and anger towards his mad mum, it nearly cost him his relationship with Hayley, but they seem to be fine now. CHARLOTTE Charlotte is a super smart hard working doctor at the local hospital. I'm not sure what sort of doctor because every time a character is in hospital she?s there wh
atever part of their body is troubling them, she is also on call for every home visit and disaste! She's accidetly pregnant and is scared of the effect on her career. COLEEN SMART Collen's heart is in the right place, but she's a busybody. She's always gossiping and always has an opinion which is usually quite high handed. She's a bit mad and can be quite overbearing. She works at the diner and leaves at the caravan park. ALF STUART Alf is a stalwart of Home and Away. He's bombastic and often goes off on one when he looses his temper. He's a softie at heart whose bark is worse than his bite. He?s a busy man who has a fishing boat business, a stake in the diner and some kind of life guarding business at the surf club. Whenever there?s a flood, disaster , someone trapped up ! Home and Away has got a bit racier, with the showing of people who are having a sexual realtionship although only kissing is shown. Also this week Kirsty Sutherland takes ecstasy. There's been junkie prostitutes being rehabilitated, single mothers and an incest storyline regarding a girl at the drop in centre. Recently the school bus crashed, leading to lots of scenes in the hospital and Nick in a wheelchair. There's still a moralistic element to Home and Away people go astray and then learn their lesson, which almost never happens in Eastenders. Gypsy was going to be a single mother but then married the baby's father, there are reformed alcoholics, I suspect when Kirsty comes round from her drug induced coma she will see the light and return to school. Although Home and Away has got a bit grittier it's still quite a sunny, escapist programme because of the sunny pretty places it's set and it's attractive cast who don't smoke, swear and only drink as part of a going of the rails storyline. But I still love it and will be sitting down in a couple of hours to see what Kirsty has to say for herself now thats
she's out of her coma
What has happened to Home and Away? It used to be quality viewing, I used to look forward to getting in from school to see what was going on in Summer Bay. Now I just switch over when it comes on. When Home and Away swopped channels last year (it used to be on ITV1, now its on channel 5), the whole program changed with it. Not only did the quality of acting decrease, but so did the pace of the storylines. In the old days, storylines would last longer periods than a few days, but now if you miss an episode, you dont know what the hell is going on. What Home and Away needs is some more good actors/actresses like Pippa and Ailsa(Now they COULD act!). And what is it with the Sutherland family? Its not like thier even original. What soap hasnt already had an over protective father in? And why wern't the actors allowed to say the word rape? It's as if viewers that have been raped should be ashamed, which they shouldn't. As for Jade, the once bulimic teen, when are you going to get some acting lessons? Sorry to sound moany, but with Home and Away's rating battle with Neighbours, shouldn't Home and Away be trying to pull in viewers, not lose them?
I'm not a huge soap junkie, but I do try to catch the Aussie duo of Neighbours and Home and Away quite regularly. It's interesting to see the jostling for position between them - in Oz, H&A is way out in front, but here - thanks to its BBC1 slot as against H&A's crackly Channel 5 - Neighbours crushes it in the ratings. What worries me about Home & Away is that the show's producers really don't seem to know what they want from the soap. There are really two roads to go down - the Neighbours route, with a light-hearted tone and lots of silly humour, or the grittier Brookside path, with people being bumped off left right and centre. H&A seems to want it both ways, and it doesn't work. (Very slight plot spoiler coming up, though it's in every listings mag.) One reason for the awkwardness is that Australian terrestrial TV has compulsory ratings system, rather like our BBFC film ratings. H&A is rated as "G", which means that it can go out in the early evenings, but has to avoid anything too "adult". For example, when Dani is attacked by Kane, it's quite clear that he has in fact raped her - but because of the Australian rules, this has to be skirted around. You wouldn't get that in EastEnders or Brookside - instead you'd get it made quite clear what happened and a helpline phone number after the show. I don't think the Aussie system is at all helpful in cases like this. The huge cast turnover in recent months has not helped H&A's stability either. Think about it: how many current characters can you look at and instantly think, "they belong here"? Not many. Alf, Sally, Fisher, Irene, and maybe Will, Hayley, Gypsy, Colleen and Vinnie. That's about it - and all have been on the show for some years. Since then, only - very recently - Brodie has shown any signs of naturalness; the rest are largely a waste of space. Time was when the show brought in *ac
tors* - now it looks worryingly as though we're drifting towards the US "big hair is better than big acting" model, and the producers are sliding towards the "soap by numbers" approach. I confess that the character I'm thinking of here is Noah - the acres and acres of Aussie print/web space given over to Beau Brady (especially with regard to his relationship with Rebecca Cartwright [Hayley]) is far out of proportion to his abilities. I hope he improves down the line - at the moment he seems terribly wooden on occasion. For another example, look at the Sutherlands. There's nothing wrong with them exactly, but even after several months you still half expect them to disappear at any moment. None of them (with the partial exception of Brodie, who isn't actually a family member at all) appear totally comfortable with Summer Bay - they treat the place almost as some sort of a timeshare apartment. It doesn't help when Aussie Rules references (incomprehensible to anyone outside [parts of] Australia) are shoehorned into the dialogue just so we don't forget who Rhys is. If he was properly incorporated into the soap, that sort of blatant nudge wouldn't be necessary. And Shelley is trying so hard to be Pippa it's embarrassing (more on this subject later). The twins are so annoying they're often unwatchable (remember the ludicrous "psychic twins" storyline?), though Dani is not too bad. Leah, if anything, is worse. The producers' recent "look at us, aren't we clever? We can put Greek in a mainstream TV show!" antics did nothing except irritate - if they'd written the thing better they would have been able to make it seem interesting: as it is, the "moussaKAAAA" thing just gives you the giggles. And it seems that she'd become the latest "scriptwriters' darling" (following on from Donna, Rebecca, Roxy, the early Shauna etc etc etc), getting consider
ably more screen time than she needs, so making her parts look thin. She's seemed very slightly more confident since she became pregnant, but would be a much better character if she didn't spend every second scene asking worriedly about Vinnie. Then we have the overdose of teenagers (and near-teens) to consider. Okay, H&A is always going to have a lot of them, given its audience profile, but the feeling persists that there's one too many family around, even now Sam & Sandy (& baby!) have gone. Sorry to bring it up again, but if the Sutherlands left (without Brodie), things would be about right. After all, Gypsy, Will, Brodie and Hayley can (and do) create quite enough trouble on their own! No everyone is bad, of course. Irene is probably the most watchable character at the moment, as she often is, and so long as she's around nothing can be entirely hopeless. With Alf it's hard to tell - since Ailsa's loss he's seemed a bit subdued, which is understandable, but the show badly needs him in flamin' form. His classic row with Leah over the organic veggies, though, was the funniest scene in the show for ages, and really showed up what H&A has been missing in the way of humour. Fisher plods on in much the same style as ever: even when he was married to Marilyn his acting style didn't really change, and perhaps that's not such a bad thing at the moment - H&A has changed so much (and not all for the better) that we need a few solid rocks to cling to. And Sally, though not having had a really good storyline since her wedding, still looks as though she belongs - which I suspect is really a tribute to Kate Ritchie's experience and skills as an actor; when H&A stars are asked who of their colleagues is the best actor, she's very often the one who comes out on top. If she weren't a bit young, I suspect the producers would like her to be a foster mother a la Pippa. And there's that name ag
ain. The loss of Pippa has left H&A without one of the central selling points of the show - the fostering, which was an excellent plot device to allow many characters to come and go, and - crucially - to allow them to be written out quickly if they didn't work out (eg Stephanie). Shelley's Drop-In Centre just doesn't have the same effect, because the people who go there don't live in her house, while Pippa's foster-children such as Jack and Sophie were under her feet every day, forcing much closer relationships. Which leads me to considering why those characters I like work. And I think it's fairly simple: Sally, Don, Irene, Alf and so on are convincing in that you believe they might actually live in Summer Bay. Many of the others (Alex, for exmaple) could equally well just be visitors, stopping off on their way to the Australian Soap Stars' Retirement Home in Brisbane. There really does need to be a clearout of dead wood, and a focusing on what viewers actually want from the soap. Which in my case is a damn sight more humour and a damn sight fewer robots.
I remember the first time Home and Away hit our screens in the eighties, I think the opening scene was a scrap between Bobby(she was ace!) and one of the other Summer Bay Schoolies! I was always a bit of a "soapaholic" but I especially loved this one because I watched it from Day one! The first Pippa, who was married to Tom, actually had streaked blonde hair in a really eighties kinda perm style. It really surprised me when her replacement was darker haired, though the perm was the same! The Fletchers' (as they were in the start) household consisted of Carly, Lynne, Steven, Frank and Little Sally(who ain't that little any more!) Carly was a bit of an australian Miss Piggy, she had a psychotic side and then a few years into the show it emerged that she had a twin sister(with the help of some really cheap choreography and curtains they managed to pull it off!) It left me wondering though, Was it carly we'd been watching all those years or was it her evil twin sister? Lynne didn't get too many great storylines, In fact I don't remember her having any interesting parts, but I recall her character anyway! Steven(stevo) was actually a bit of a dweeb, He looked upto and admired his older brother frank, He had a bit of a fling with one of his teachers and then he went to college (for a really long time it seemed!), He came back in the nineties. Sally was only a nipper when the show first started, but even then she was annoying. I sometimes feel sorry for kids like sally who grow up playing a character in a soap. I imagine it must be difficult to distinguish which one is real life at that age! Frank was a bit of a hunk, and a bit of a ladies man as well, He was messing with Roo(Alfs spoilt brat of a daughter) and Bobby, who was a bit of a stray at that point. I think he nearly married both of them(not at the same time) but I can't remember him ever going through with it, I think
he stood bobby up actually. So, as well as the above and Alf and Ailsa, Ther was Alfs crazy sister Celia, who was the equivalent of a born again christian(not that there's anything wrong with Born again christians!) She used to pedal round, preaching to the neighbours. I think she went to Africa or asia to become a missionary. The guys she preached to the most were Martin and Lance- The Nerds of Caravan land! They lived in the a shabby little mobile home thinking they were cool and being rejected constantly by women and mocked because of there lack of intelligence, Then Lance won some money and bought them both a more expensive little mobile home to live in. Lance eventually fell in love with Marilyn(louise from Emmerdale) who was a beautician I think at first. They were the perfect couple or so I thought, Then Marilyn ended up like Rita(Educating Rita), and needing to sing a different song! She saw the light with Donald Fisher, who ended up being Bobby's Dad with Alf's sister(Morag) as her Mother. Fisher had another son who died of a brain Tumor and fairly soon after Bobby drowned!( and reappeard as aghost in a later episode) Then he had another long lost Daughter show up(Rebecca). He really should remember the dates he has fun! Meanwhile in the Fletcher household Pippa was changed for the third time, The perm was getting darker and the frizz was dying down to a kind of mushroom style! Then Tom dies, so pippa struggles on as a single foster mum adopting kids of all sorts, Pregnant teenage mum sophie, lesbian poet shannon, Dumber thn dumb Jack, to name but a few! Then Michael Ross marries pippa to turn the whole thing into a real modern family. With a couple of kids to him, one to Tom, One of Michaels own and a few foster ones she really was 'Mum of the eighties'! Who can blame her for leaving the soap after Husband Michael dies also. I must admit that since Pippa left I haven't
watched as must as I used to, but I imagine that it hasn't changed much, just moved with the times. Still full of Teen Drama's, and surfing hunks, It's the kind of soap that if you miss ayear or two, you'll catch up easily enough!!! Nomatter what it's always good to watch when there's nothing else on the box, so I spend my sunday's watching the omnibus now, and it never surprises me how many relations of the original characters keep popping up! I'm just waiting for Pippa to come back and continue all the good work she's done, and besides, I think Sally is in need of a female role model still!
I'd watched Home And Away fro about three years before it was taken off ITV and I enjoyed every episode. I was very annoyed when I discovered it was moving to poor channel 5 and wouldn't be on for 13 months. In July 2001, it finally returned. Despite the bad reception I got, I was in incredibly pleased with the storylines, action and character development. Home And Away has always been the better Australian soap. It's old rival Neighbours lacks of any good taste or interesting plots. Not like H&A. Just a few weeks ago, there was a mudlside that destroyed houses and wrecked the roads. It was a very bold subject for a soap and it looked reasonably realistic. The only bad point about this was that just a few days after the event took place, the weather was fine and everyone was just going about there normal buisness. If you've never seen the show before, it's set in Summer Bay, a small village next to the beautiful Australian coast line. The main plots usually involve fostered children who move in with a new family. The main character was Pippa, who left in 1998 after being on the show for 10 years. Nowadays, Home And Away is a teen soap, with lots of younger people being the centre of attention. Like all soap operas, it is very unbelivable (especially the amount of relationships people have), but I feel this makes the program even better. The main places are: The surf club- a place for youths to hang out. There's a kiosk where everyone buys fast food, and there's some arcade games and weights. The beach- Many events have happened here over the years, including weddings and races. The bayside Diner- Run by The Stewart family, the diner has always been the social area of Summer Bay. It was recently set on fire, and potentially destroyed. But, I believe that a newly decorated diner opens soon. Summer Bay High- Nearly every regular characte
r has something to do with the School. Don Fisher has worked at the School since the show started, whilst Judith Ackroyd only stayed headteacher for one year (not likely in the real world). And there has been many memorable events in the soap: Many deaths (recent ones being Ken Smith who was crushed by a car and Gavin Campbell who died saving his grilfriend Shauna). Home And Away is an enjoyable soap with all the right ingredients. It's even gone modern with a brilliant opening theme (a blue background with fishes swimming around). It is on every weekday, channel 5 at 6pm.
Over a year ago Home and Away was taken from ITV and now, after a long wait, it is back but this time on Channel 5. Last year Home and Away was on ITV, we had great storylines such as Gypsy's kidnapping. Now it is back and as big as ever. A few weeks ago on the sunday before it came back to our screens, channel 5 recapped all that had been going on the previous year. Then on the monday it picked up where it left off and the storys such as Sally's wedding and Peta and Edward continued to keep us glued to the screens. A better thing is that there is an omnibus of all the shows in the week on the Saturday and the episode is repeated the next dat at lunchtime. So you get threechances to watch each episode. Home and Away has been going for a long time and during that time the opening to the show has changed quite a lot of times but the music has stayed the same. Home and Away isa very Australian soap so when you're wathing it you feel like your actually in Australia. Like all other soaps Home and Away has some dramatic storylines. Some of the best have been in the last few years. Dramatic storylines are what makes Home and Away, it keeps you watching the show and you then become hooked. Some of the best storylines are below. Gypsy’s kidnapping; When Gypsy Nash starts dating a man who her father, Joel, sent to jail a long time ago, you know something is bound to go wrong. That is exactly what happens, he kidnapped her and held her hostage in an old shed for over six weeks. He hardly feeds her and she gets very scared. Then eventually her father and the police figure out where she is and they go and rescue her. Robert (the kidnapper) then goes back to the Nash household and burns it down nearly killing them. Eventually he is caught and arrested. Sally’s wedding; This isn’t a really big drama but it is a good storyline. After Sally goes travelling she comes back with a guy called Kieran. They decid
e to get married and Sally is over the moon. She gets her dress and is all excited, but meanwhile Kieran is hitting on Gypsy. Then at the wedding they are half way through saying their vows when Gypsy stands up and shouts No! She ends up cancelling the wedding and Sally is left distraught. Those are only two of the many storylines Home and Away has brought us over the years. From kidnappings to weddings home and away is certainly full of surprises. This is a great soap and I enjoy watching it. Although it can be a bit boring sometimes it is still a great soap.
and its even better than I remember it! We had to wait an entire year for it to return to our screens because Channel 5 won the rights to it over ITV! Was it worth the wait? Well I think so, yes. Just in case anyone doesn't know what Home and Away is I will explain, its an Australian soap set in the beautiful town of Summer bay which has the most gorgeous beach you have ever seen. It is quite a small town and of course being a soap everyone knows everyone else's business. The show started on ITV back in the late 1980's and the first scenes were of Pippa and Tom Fletcher turning up at the Caravan Park with their whole tribe of foster children, who included Carly, Frank, Steven, Lynne and Sally. Since the beginning Pippa has had 3 husbands and now doesn't live in Summer bay anymore and the only foster child who does is Sally, Pippa has also had a variety of different foster children too all of which have been involved in great story lines! Most of them have grown up and moved away either getting married or joining the Navy like Jack did. I couldn't wait to see Sally get married and see all the old faces who were in the show when it first started all those years ago. Last week saw the final preparations for Sally's wedding and especially for the wedding we see Martin Dibble turn up and not too far behind him is Lance Smart, Pippa, Floss Carly and Jack all of whom were at sometime close to Sally. Then on the actual day of the wedding we see Steven and Frank, Sally's foster brothers waiting for her at the church to give her away. This is such a happy day for everyone involved including the fans who have seen Sally (and the actress) grow up from a funny little girl, sometimes very annoying, with an imaginary friend called Milko, to a beautiful, self assured young woman who has found the man of her dreams, but has she? That's where the happy day ends because Gypsy Nash
stands up in front of everyone in the church and finally tells Sally and everyone what Kieran has been up to since moving to Summer Bay. You see he isn't the nice guy that Sally knows and loves but in fact he has been trying to hit on Gypsy ever since he first laid eyes on her. Two of the other people in the church also stand up and confirm what Gypsy is saying is true so Sally has to believe it and then runs out of the church in floods of tears. Later on you see Steven and Frank turn up to where Kieran is sitting on the beach to let him know exactly what they think of him! Steven is a black belt in Karate you see. Anyway I think that Sally had a lucky escape and that is what everyone is trying to tell her. When it was time for Pippa to leave the bay again we saw her take one last look around her old house, as the previous owner, Joel, had let her and the rest of her family stay there as a favour. It brought tears to my eyes to see Pippa leave again and you could here the voice of Tom, Pippa's first husband as she remembered the many good times! Now we have a new family at the caravan park, called the Sutherlands, not quite sure of them at present but I am sure they will cause a stir! Like any good soap Home and Away certainly entertains and hopefully it can only get better. Its on Channel 5 at 6pm Monday to Friday, and then repeated the next day at 12.30pm also there is an omnibus on Saturdays at 12.10pm. The other characters in it at the moment are Shauna Bradley who has just found out she is the daughter of Ailsa Stewart. Alf Stewart who is Ailsa's husband and Duncan their son. Donald Fisher ex-headmaster of the local high school, Vinnie Patterson who is seeing Leah Poulos, the greek chef at the diner, owned by the Stewarts. Irene Roberts who is engaged to Ken Smith and lives with him and his kids who are Hayley, Will and Nick. Also the new Head teacher is Judith Ackroyd and her
son is called Edward Dunglass, he is suffering with a life threatening disease and has recently married Peta Janossi in their own special little ceremony. This was actually one of the last things we saw on ITV!! I would really recommend this soap to anyone who likes sun, surf and beautiful beaches full of half naked people! Watch it you don't know what you are missing!
Home and Away is nearly back on UK screens. It will be screened on Channel 5, from July 16,probably at a 6.00pm slot, after Neighbours, so we will have our daily dose of Summer Bay every day, and on the weekend as well, with an omnibus! And another thing, Channel 5 will not be censoring episodes like ITV did, so we get even more of it! I know most of the things happening, and I can tell you that it is gripping stuff. 3 deaths, 2 imminent pregnancies, and aroujnd a dozen of new chgaracters, Homne and Away will begin to change very soon. The characters that we have come to know and love will disappear, including Ailsa, who has left. It brings, drama, comedy, and sun, sea and sand to us,(although they are filming an episode in the UK shortly), and brightens up our lives. It can be wird and wacky and they aren't frightened to try anything, so you never know what's going to happen. Look forward to shocks, thrills and spills, because anything that you wouldnm't have thought of, is coming to Summer Bay..
This is now the perfect time to bring back home and away. It's had a year break from TV and now would be the perfect time to bring it back because every-one has found that there is nothing else good on and that Home and Away is the way to go. We are all desperate to find out what has been going on, who going out with who, (please, i beg, let Hayley be single, she's gorgeous), and whether any-one has left. I find that Home and AWay is far more realistic than Neighbours, mainly due to the setting. Neighbours is centred around ramsey street and every-one just walks into every-one elses house but in Home away the setting is far wider, with the Surf club, the beach, the diner, the houses spread wide and far apart, and the school. In the show there is a mixture of old and young characters, long term character, new characters, from Hayley to Alisa, from Alf to Mitch. From the beach to the caravan park, this show has it all. Come back soon.
WHERE AS IT GONE? I used to watch this soap quite a lot. Then when I switched the TV on to watch ‘Home and Away’ ‘You’ve been framed’ was on. A good show but not the same as Home and Away. Then, I read in one of the TV magazines that it’s gone off air because Channel 5 have bought the rights. Personally, I think ITV have made a big mistake in losing the rights to ‘Home and Away’ it was a very popular soap and very enjoyable to watch. But what baffles me is that they didn’t even mention the fact the show was going to go off air. I, mean ITV should take the credit for making the soap such a hit but then not to mention it at all was a but hideous. I don’t think its going to be the same for many people on Channel 5, mainly because most people can’t receive Channel 5 and if it comes at a different time, it will lose its young viewers. The soap itself was good, a bit more dramatic than ‘Neighbours’, it was centred around a couple of families, but it has a beach, a diner and a surf club, where people meet up. It was really good to watch and will be sadly missed. Good on Channel 5 though, I am sure they will get more ratings now once Home and Away goes on air.
Obviously aimed at the teenage girl and the hairy hand brigade this cat walk (supposedly drama) garbage is laughable drivel. Featuring mainly pop star and model wannabes using this low brow no brain nonesence as a steping stone to further their no talent careeres . With not one pimple ,crossed eye or fat arse in sight and only the occasional token minority race included it more than deserves to be taken off the air. ome down one to go neighbours should obviously be on the chopping block next. Even that big bird on youve been framed has more talent than these ozzy arse holes and thats the biggest insult i can come up with.