British soap opera focusing on the lives of residents in the fictional London suburb of Charnham.



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Series cast summary:
Ebony Thomas ...
 Yasmin Matthews / ... (230 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Cat Webb / ... (220 episodes, 1999-2005)
David Easter ...
 Pete Callan (206 episodes, 1997-2005)
 Sadie Hargreaves / ... (168 episodes, 1999-2005)
Miles Petit ...
 Roy Farmer (161 episodes, 1997-2003)
Rebecca Blake ...
 Nikki Warrington (151 episodes, 2000-2004)
 Karen Ellis / ... (146 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Geri Evans (134 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jemma Walker ...
 Siobhan Callan / ... (113 episodes, 1999-2002)
Rosie Rowell ...
 Eileen Callan / ... (111 episodes, 2002-2005)
Belinda Sinclair ...
 Fern Farmer / ... (110 episodes, 1999-2003)
Chandra Ruegg ...
 Becky Scott (110 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Angus Hart (109 episodes, 1997-1999)
 Cameron Davenport (106 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jonathan Dow ...
 Jim Webb (103 episodes, 2001-2003)
Angela Hazeldine ...
 Gemma Craig (103 episodes, 2000-2002)
Kazia Pelka ...
 Chrissy Costello (101 episodes, 2003-2005)
Matthew Jay Lewis ...
 Matt Ellis (100 episodes, 2001-2003)
Richard Hawley ...
 Dave Matthews (95 episodes, 1999-2005)
Stephen Yardley ...
 Vince Farmer (93 episodes, 1999-2003)


British soap opera focusing on the lives of residents in the fictional London suburb of Charnham.

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Release Date:

30 March 1997 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cancelled in summer 2005 as it was adjudged to have run its course, with the final episodes due to go out at the end of the year. See more »


Lester 'Les' Boulter: [after a row with Denise over her book club] Well, that's put an end to my "Great Expectations" for tonight!
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Referenced in Extras: Ross Kemp & Vinnie Jones (2005) See more »

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It's all in the writing....
10 December 2001 | by (yeah...London) – See all my reviews

Although soap is not a rare commodity in this world, occasionally some do stand out.

Having seen many many soaps over the years, and having dropped most after a few shows I can say that only a very few are both memorable and watchable.

Although this isn't the best of the three that would make up my complete list of good soap operas, I would say that it is the only one still in production.

What it takes to make a good soap opera is writing and although there are daily flaws in the writing of Family Affairs, over all it wins. It wins not only because the cast and the players are so heavily embedded within their part [hell they make five episodes per week they can't help it] but because of the perspective from which the writing takes place.

The writers Know they can't have a plane crash or and Ebola outbreak every week and so they make the smaller stories that do occur affect characters on a more intimate and personal level. Things occur to characters, the characters do appear to have lives. Admittedly on occasion just for viewing figures things go totally out of whack, but on the whole the writers do keep things based on the lives of the characters.

That's what makes this show great.

Oh and in case your wondering the other two shows are, A Country Practice [exceptional characters and writing, all under a limited budget] and Prisoner Cell Block H it was more than just a bunch of ugly chicks doing each other, it had many of the same writers as A Country Practice but with harder stories].

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