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Home and Away is a weeknightly half-hour television soap opera produced in Australia. It is shown on the Seven Network in Australia and is exported to many countries, most notably the United Kingdom, where it briefly became the subject of a bidding war between ITV and Channel 5 (Channel 5 won). The show has more viewers in the larger UK market than it has in its home market, and Five funds more than half of the production costs. It has run since January 1988 and is still in production.


It features the travails of the inhabitants of a fictional small coastal town in New South Wales called Summer Bay. The soap originally revolved around one family, which was Pippa and Tom Fletcher, and their foster children, who included Sophie, Carly, Lynn, Steven, Bobby and Sally. But it now has many different groups: the Hunter family; the Holden family and the Fletcher/Saunders family.

As of 2004, the program concentrates on the family occupying and running the local caravan park who typically foster several teenagers.

Like Neighbours, Australia's other daily half-hour homegrown soap, it attracts a mainly teenage audience and features a constantly-rotating teenage cast with several older actors who tend to last considerably longer.

Production and broadcast schedule The show is filmed five days a week for 46 weeks of the year. The crew is given a four week holiday at Christmas and a two week break for recuperation mid-year. A normal shooting day is 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, but can go later if shooting goes over time. There are 8 weeks between shooting and airing the program. Much of the shots are taken in Channel Seven's Sydney Epping studio, as well as at Palm Beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches region.

As of 2004 Home and Away is broadcast in Australia on weekdays at 7:00 PM and in the UK weekdays at 6:00 PM, (repeated 12.30 AM weekdays and omnibus on Saturdays 7.55 AM - UK only). Other countries that broadcast Home and Away include: Belgium; Canada; Denmark; Estonia; Ireland; Israel; Lithuania; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; and Sweden.

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere January, 1988
Network Seven
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Ray Meagher....   Alfred 'Alf' Stewart (1988 -)
Nicolle Dickson....   Bobby Simpson/Morgan/Marshall (1988-1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2005)
Joel McIlroy....   Flynn Saunders (#2) (2003 -)
Alex Papps....   Frank Morgan (1988-1989, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005)
Ross Newton....   Greg Marshall (1991-1993, 2000)
Dennis Coard....   Michael Ross (also archive footage) (1991-1996)
Vanessa Downing....   Pippa Fletcher (#1) (1988-1990, 2004, 2005)
Debra Lawrance....   Pippa Fletcher/Ross (1990-1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Justine Clarke....   Roo Stewart (also archive footage) (1988-1989, 2005)
Kate Ritchie....   Sally Keating/Fletcher (1988 -)
Roger Oakley....   Tom Fletcher (1988-1990, 2004, 2005)

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