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 ...
David Easter ...
 Sadie Hargreaves / ... 168 episodes, 1999-2005
Miles Petit ...
Rebecca Blake ...
 Nikki Warrington 151 episodes, 2000-2004
 Karen Ellis / ... 146 episodes, 2000-2003
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 ...
Rupert Hill ...
 Cameron Davenport 106 episodes, 2002-2004
Jonathan Dow ...
Angela Hazeldine ...
Kazia Pelka ...
 Chrissy Costello 101 episodes, 2003-2005
Matthew Jay Lewis ...
Richard Hawley ...
 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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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 »


Sam Taylor: Fancy coming to McDonalds?
Lucy Day: [referring to Trish] I've already seen one red-headed clown.
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Referenced in Extras: Ross Kemp & Vinnie Jones (2005) See more »

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Cream Of The Crop
22 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Family Affairs is without a doubt the best of all the UK soaps. Why? Take the quality of the production first - There is a cinematic style to all the camera work, using jibs and dollies - keeping the cameras moving, all these things add up to a "professional" production. The show is shot on video (as it has to be when filming at least 5 episodes a week) and then filtered in post production to give the "film" look. Just look at the cheap video production of Eastenders and Coronation Street for comparison. It was certainly the quality of the Family Affairs production that led the producers of Brookside to totally change their production (too late to save the show as the script writing had unfortunately deteriorated to a level beyond redemption) style to attempt to emulate this high quality cinematic style.

Secondly, the show's writers keep the plot lines within semi-believable boundaries, choosing to deal with everyday characters and situations rather than the plane crashes and larger than life "comedy" characters utilised so often by Eastenders and Coronation Street.

Last, but certainly not least, is the superb cast who interact superbly. Actors like David Easter (Pete Callan) and Nicola Duffet (Cat Matthews) have an absolutely brilliant "natural" on screen friction that just cannot be duplicated by any of the shallow characters from the other two soaps.

Well done the whole Family Affairs crew, Actors/Actresses, Technicians and the Producers.

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