A soap opera about the ex-pats who lived in Los Barcos. The series focused mainly on the British and their lives, loves and attempts to make a new life for themselves.

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Series cast summary:
Campbell Morrison ...  Drew Lockhead 132 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Gwen Lockhead 128 episodes, 1992-1993
Josh Nathan ...  Blair Lockhead 128 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Marcus Tandy 124 episodes, 1992-1993
Leslee Udwin ...  Joy Slater 123 episodes, 1992-1993
Polly Perkins ...  Trish Valentine 121 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Ingrid Olsson 116 episodes, 1992-1993
Sandra Sandri ...  Pilar Moreno 115 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Freddie Martin 114 episodes, 1992-1993
Hilary Crane ...  Rosemary Webb 110 episodes, 1992-1993
Franco Rey ...  Roberto Fernandez 109 episodes, 1992-1993
Stella Maris ...  Rosario Fernandez 109 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Nessa Lockhead 105 episodes, 1992-1993
Faith Kent ...  Olive King 104 episodes, 1992-1993
Buki Armstrong ...  Gerry Peters-Smith 101 episodes, 1992-1993
Framboise Gommendy ...  Isabelle Leduc 94 episodes, 1992-1993
Kim Rømer ...  Per Svendsen 94 episodes, 1992-1993
...  Stanley Webb 91 episodes, 1992-1993
Nanna Møller ...  Lene Svendsen 88 episodes, 1992-1993
Daniel Lombart ...  Philippe Leduc / ... 84 episodes, 1992-1993
Maria Sanchez ...  Maria Fernandez 81 episodes, 1992-1993
Roger Walker ...  Bunny Charlson 66 episodes, 1992-1993
Iker Ortiz de Zárate ...  Javier Fernandez 64 episodes, 1992-1993
Patch Connolly ...  Snowy White 63 episodes, 1992-1993
Clare Wilkie ...  Trine Svendsen 56 episodes, 1993
Mikael Philippe ...  Arnaud Leduc 54 episodes, 1992-1993
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A soap opera about the ex-pats who lived in Los Barcos. The series focused mainly on the British and their lives, loves and attempts to make a new life for themselves. Written by Pete

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A curious piece of British TV History
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

When in 1992 the BBC decided it needed a second soap to relieve the burden on 'Eastenders' to be the networks solo rival to ITV'S 'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale' the novel idea of setting it in the sunnier climes of Spain amongst British ex-pats seemed to give the show a unique selling point. Many shows come and go but the fatal blow to this soap opera may have been the original fanfare with which it was launched. The BBC spent £10,000,000 on preliminary sets and production but upon first glance the hugely anticipated drama seemed to have little in the way of story lines or characterisation. There were production problems with the sound that made the show at times impossible to watch.

The hype that the show had been given and the fact that it was funded by the licence payer meant that the British press leapt upon it and it became a favourite object of derision. Initially encouraging viewing figures tumbled to only 3 million per episode and ten months after its fanfare debut the BBC pulled the plug and cancelled the show.

It is well known that the quality of the show and the viewing figures were climbing towards and the end and that perhaps the show was finally starting to catch on. However, the damage had long been done. The media had slated it and tainted it as a joke and from this there was no return for the BBC. The massively expensive sets were mothballed and are now a museum for intrepid tourists and curious TV fans. The shown came to an end satisfactorily and somewhat gracefully (for otherwise see Crossroads #3) but one can only imagine how devastating it was for the actors (other victims of the shows bad initial production) and we can only estimate how much money was poured down the drain on the massively hyped and massively expensive white elephant.


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