Happy Ever After (TV series)

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Happy Ever After
Genre Period drama
Romantic comedy
Written by Chan Ching-yee
Choi Ting-ting
Starring Bobby Au-yeung
Marianne Chan
Kwong Wa
Nnadia Chan
Roger Kwok
Fiona Leung
Opening theme "Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Spice" (甜酸苦辣) by Roman Tam
Ending theme "Loving You Is Not Just A Thing" (愛你不是渾閒事) by Nadia Chan
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) Chong Wai-kin
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 42 – 45 minutes
Production company(s) TVB
Broadcast
Original channel TVB Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 15 March – 7 May 1999
Traditional Chinese 金玉滿堂
Simplified Chinese 金玉满堂

Happy Ever After (Traditional Chinese: 金玉滿堂) is a 1999 Hong Kong grand-production television period drama. A TVB production, the drama was produced by Chong Wai-kin, written by Chan Ching-yee and Choi Ting-ting, and stars an ensemble cast. The drama is set during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor of Late Imperial China's Qing dynasty. The drama tells of a story regarding the struggles of a poor chef and his best friend earning an opportunity to serve the Qianlong Emperor, also befriending the emperor along the way. The drama also places an emphasis on Chinese cuisine with documentations concerning the Manchu Han Imperial Feast.

Happy Ever After acclaimed positive reviews from critics and was TVB's third highest-rating drama of 1999, peaking to 40 points (over 3 million viewers). Happy Ever After was re-broadcast on the same channel in 2007 between January and March.

Cast[edit]

  • Bobby Au-Yeung as Tai Tung-gun (戴東官), an imperial chef and he plays his dad.
  • Marianne Chan as Sun Siu-siu (辛小小), Tung-gun's wife.
  • Kwong Wa as Qianlong Emperor (乾隆)
  • Nnadia Chan as Fong Ling (方寧), Consort Tak.
    • also as Ngok Sam-yu (岳心如), the daughter of Noble Ngok. She shares similar facial features as Consort Tak.
  • Roger Kwok as Suen Min-leung (孫勉良), Tung-gun's best friend.
  • Fiona Leung as Kam Chui-fa (甘翠花), Min-leung's wife.
  • Suen Nei as Empress Dowager (太后)
  • Wu Fung as Sun Chiu-kwan (辛超群), Siu-siu's father.
  • Angie Cheung as Kei Sin-yung (紀倩蓉), Min-leung's first love.
  • Wilson Tsui as Chiang Hing-ka (蔣慶嘉), manager of the Imperial kitchen.