Dream Team (TV series)

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Dream Team
Format Drama
Starring Final Cast
Frankie Fitzgerald
Terry Kiely
Jonathan Howard
Duncan Pow
Jessica Jane
James Floyd
Junior Nunoo
Danny Husbands
Danny Midwinter
Amy Perfect
David Ajala
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 419
Production
Running time 1 Hour (including commercial breaks)
Broadcast
Original channel Sky1
Original run 14 October 1997 – 3 June 2007

Dream Team was a British television series produced by Hewland International which aired on Sky1 and Sky3 from 1997 to 2007; it chronicled the on-field and off-field affairs of the fictional Harchester United Football Club.

The club is based in the fictional town of Harchester (which is said to be close to Tamworth) in the West Midlands.

Beginning[edit]

The show began in 1997 and centered on the Harchester United youth team. The next series, series 2 transmitted in 1998 concluding in 1999 focused on the first team for the first time and on Ian Coates, the manager, Jerry and Lynda Block the owners of Harchester United and Luis Amor Rodriguez, star striker and soon to be lover of Lynda. The end of the series resulted in Harchester winning the FA Cup.

The series that followed focused on the club fighting against relegation, qualifying for the highly acclaimed Champions League and being demoted to the Football League for financial irregularities and corruption after they were found guilty of match fixing (Source: Harchester.net). The soundtrack for the series was composed by Justin Broadrick.

Cancellation and final series[edit]

As the show developed, the storylines became more and more extravagant, with the character death toll rising significantly in the final seasons. With declining viewing figures and repetitive storylines, Sky decided not to renew the Dream Team contract, and in April 2006, the director of programmes at Sky One, Richard Woolfe, confirmed the show would not return after the tenth series.[1]

The tenth series began on 29 October 2006, the final episode being broadcast on 3 June 2007, with viewers left unaware of which characters survived an explosion that ripped through the Dragon’s Lair during the final Premier League game of the season. However it is hinted that Harchester United win the Premier League. The last ever song to be played on the programme was "Cast No Shadow" by Oasis.

The main storyline of series ten revolved around "Dragonslayer", a mysterious poster on the club’s fansite revealing the innermost secrets of the club. It was ultimately this storyline that resulted in the major explosion that ended the series.

Following the announcement of Dream Team being axed, many of the main cast members left the programme at the start of series ten. These included Alex Dempsey, Lynda Block and Ryan Naysmith.

The kits[edit]

Harchester United team kits were created by real kit manufacturers and were also available to buy whilst the show was on the air. The manufacturers of these kits were PONY, Le Coq Sportif and Valsport. Series One (1997–1998) PONY Series Two-Seven (1998–2003) Le Coq Sportif Series Eight-Ten (2004–2007) Valsport

Series 1 Home (PONY) Series 2 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 3 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 4 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 5 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 6 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 7 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 8 Home (Valsport) Series 9/10 Home (Valsport)

The most popular kits were the series 7 kits, which was most fans' favourite.

Cast[edit]

Cast members who featured during the shows tenth and final season.

  • Nina Muschallik
    as Nikki Peggs (1998–2002, 2003, 2005–2006, 2007)
  • Alison King
    as Lynda Block (1998–2002, 2003, 2005–2006, 2007)
  • Daniel Lundh
    as Mustapha Karim (2005)
  • Jamie Lomas
    as Alex Dempsey (2005–2006)
  • Lucinda Kennard
    as Amy Kerrigan (2005–2007)
  • Naomi Ryan
    as Ashleigh King (2005–2006)
  • Julie Healy
    as Chloe Tyler (2005–2007)
  • Jessica-Jane Clement
    as Cindi Marshall (2005–2007)
  • Danny Husbands
    as Danny Sullivan (2001–2007)
  • Junior Nunoo
    as Eugene Rose (2004–2007)
  • Jonathan Howard
    as Gavin Moody (2005–2007)
  • Duncan Pow
    as Liam Mackay (2005–2007)
  • Sapphire Elia
    as Gemma Craig (2006–2007)
  • Frankie Fitzgerald
    as Jason Porter (2006–2007)
  • Danny Midwinter
    as Jimmy Craig (2006–2007)
  • Amy Perfect
    as Katy Irwin (2006–2007)
  • James Floyd
    as Miguel Lopez (2006–2007)
  • David Ajala
    as Sean Campbell (2007)
  • Nick Nevern
    as Pavel Kovac (2006)

For a list of characters that have appeared on Dream Team, see Dream Team characters

Karl Fletcher[edit]

Arguably the most famous character in Dream Team was Karl ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (played by Terry Kiely), who became the series' stalwart character, remaining a fixture in the cast from the beginning of season 1 through to the end of season 8. During his tenure with Harchester, Fletch was briefly promoted to manager, became a father, married (and divorced) physiotherapist Abi, and was briefly jailed. At the end of season 8, Fletch died after being impaled on a coat peg by deranged manager Don Barker.

The death of Fletch was seen by many as an attempt to boost falling ratings, but in truth Kiely wanted to pursue other projects, namely Channel 5 soap-opera Family Affairs. "Kiely had also grown tired with the character. Fletch remained one of the most popular characters throughout the entire show, topping the popularity ratings each year until the character's death."

After a fan's poll about former characters returning, producers introduced a ghost of Fletch on Easter Sunday 2007, when the Harchester legend returned to haunt Jason Porter, whose world had begun to fall apart. The move was popular as the character was used sparingly but effectively until the end of the series.

Episodes[edit]

419 episodes were made over ten seasons. For the first three seasons, the show aired in a half-hour format of Tuesday and Thursday nights, with an hour-long omnibus airing on Saturday/Sunday mornings. The final episodes for seasons two and three were both an hour in duration and after receiving strong ratings in both cases, starting in season four, the show switched to a single hour long episode on Sunday evenings.

Season Start date End date Episodes
1
14 October 1997
20 May 1998
64
2
1 September 1998
20 May 1999
76
3
21 September 1999
18 May 2000
62
4
1 October 2000
15 April 2001
26
5
16 September 2001
15 May 2002
32
6
6 October 2002
18 May 2003
32
7
28 September 2003
16 May 2004
32
8
17 October 2004
29 May 2005
32
9
16 October 2005
14 May 2006
31
10
29 October 2006
3 June 2007
32

Foreign audience[edit]

In the United States, Fox Soccer Channel (like Sky, a part of News Corporation) airs ‘Dream Team’, albeit several series behind Sky One. The series also aired in India on STAR Sports, in Serbia, on Studio B television, in Montenegro on TV In, and in Estonia on TV4. It also aired on Botswana's national television station BTv

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Whistle for TV’s Dream Team". BBC News. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 

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