Family Affairs (1997–2005)

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Ebony Thomas ...
 Yasmin Matthews / ... (205 episodes, 1999-2005)
Nicola Duffett ...
 Cat Webb / ... (197 episodes, 1999-2005)
David Easter ...
 Pete Callan (178 episodes, 1997-2005)
Miles Petit ...
 Roy Farmer (136 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Geri Evans (134 episodes, 2002-2004)
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 Sadie Hargreaves / ... (130 episodes, 1999-2004)
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 Nikki Warrington (128 episodes, 2000-2004)
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 Karen Ellis / ... (123 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Angus Hart (109 episodes, 1997-1999)
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 Cameron Davenport (106 episodes, 2002-2004)
Rosie Rowell ...
 Eileen Callan / ... (106 episodes, 2002-2005)
Jonathan Dow ...
 Jim Webb (103 episodes, 2001-2003)
Matthew Jay Lewis ...
 Matt Ellis (100 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jemma Walker ...
 Siobhan Callan / ... (94 episodes, 1999-2002)
Kazia Pelka ...
 Chrissy Costello (90 episodes, 2003-2005)
Julie Smith ...
 Lucy Day (89 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Lewis Davenport (86 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tina Hall ...
 Claire Toomey (86 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Paul Webb (86 episodes, 2001-2002)
Chandra Ruegg ...
 Becky Scott (86 episodes, 2000-2003)
Belinda Sinclair ...
 Fern Farmer / ... (85 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Kelly Hurst (84 episodes, 2001-2002)
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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 »

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Trish Wallace: [to Eileen about a Buck's Fizz song] Do you remember when we used to dance to this and rip off our skirts?
Pete Callan: Why change the habit of a lifetime?
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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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