Square Pegs (Hong Kong TV series)
Square Pegs poster
|Written by||Leung Yun Dung (梁恩東)|
|Directed by||Lau Shun On (劉順安)
Lam Chi Yan (林子欣)
|Opening theme||"Brave Love (愛情勇敢)" by
Hacken Lee & Emme Wong
|Country of origin||Hong Kong|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Producer(s)||Wong Wai Sing (黃偉聲)|
|Running time||45 minutes (approx.)|
|Original run||December 30, 2002 – January 24, 2003|
|Related shows||Life Made Simple (2005)|
The series was the runaway success of 2003, commanding a viewership of 3.5 million or roughly half of Hong Kong's population during the last week of its broadcast, and breaking TVB's ten-year ratings record. It also went on to win four awards for its two lead actors in the TVB 36th Anniversary Awards, and made both Roger Kwok and Jessica Hsuan household names in the territory.
Choi Fong (Jessica Hsuan) is the eldest daughter of the Ling family that includes her oft-absent father, stepmother and stepsister Choi Dip (Leila Tong). Like Cinderella, she undertakes all the housework, does the grocery shopping, cooks for the family, and prevents her father's antique collection from falling prey to her stepmother's gambling appetite.
One day, Mrs. Ling's vice finally catches up with her and to pay a particular debt, Choi Dip is consigned to marry the village idiot Ding Seung Wong or Ah Wong (Roger Kwok), who is about as intelligent as an eight-year old. Unwilling to commit her real daughter to a life of misery, Mrs. Ling arranges a double wedding and switches the brides so that Choi Fong ends up marrying Ah Wong, while Choi Dip marries Bao Gai Zong (Raymond Cho), the scion of the wealthy Bao family. And so begins Choi Fong's merry schemes to escape from her marriage with Ah Wong who, to her consternation, takes an immediate liking to her and clings to her like sticky biscuit dough.
After several failed attempts evading her fate, Choi Fong gradually resigns herself to play Ah Wong's "lou por jai" or "little wife". One day, a strange girl Yeung Pui Kwan (Winnie Yeung) arrives in town and claims Ah Wong for her fiancé. Choi Fong soon learns that Ah Wong was actually a bright young man and the real heir of the Bao family who inexplicably disappeared two years ago, only to reappear with an IQ of an eight-year old.
Hoping to return Ah Wong to his rightful babysitter as soon as possible, Choi Fong agrees to help Pui Kwan get to the root of the mystery. So the girls embark on a campaign to expose the bogus Bao Gai Zong, reinstate Ah Wong as the rightful heir, and help him regain his memory. But just as Ah Wong begins to show signs of recovery, Choi Fong realises to her dismay that she has fallen for him...
|Roger Kwok||Ding Sheung Wong (Ah Wong)
|Bao Hing Fung's son.
Ling Choi Fong's husband.
Yeung Pui Kwan's fiancé.
|Jessica Hsuan||Ling Choi Fung
|Ding Sheung Wong's wife.
Ling Choi Dip's stepsister.
Ling Shun Cheung's daughter.
Lau Seung Seung's stepdaughter.
|Raymond Cho||Bao Gai Zong
|Ling Choi Dip's husband.|
|Leila Tong||Ling Choi Dip
|Bao Gai Zong's wife.
Ling Choi Fong's stepsister.
Lau Seung Seung's daughter.
Ling Shun Cheung's stepdaughter.
|Winnie Yeung||Yeung Pui Kwan
|Ding Sheung Wong's fiancée.|
|Hui Siu Hung||Ding Yau Lik
|Ding Sheung Wong's adoptive father.
Mai Chu Lien's husband.
|Angelina Lo||Mai Chu Lien
|Ding Sheung Wong's adoptive mother.
Ding Yau Lik's wife.
|Chun Wong||Ling Shun Cheung
|Ling Choi Fong's father.
Ling Choi Dip's stepfather.
Lau Seung Seung's husband.
|Rebecca Chan||Lau Seung Seung
|Ling Choi Dip's mother.
Ling Choi Fong's stepmother.
Ling Shun Cheung's wife.
|Yuen Wah||Bao Hing Fung
|Ding Sheung Wong's biological father.
Bao Dai Fu's uncle.
|Lee Sing Cheung||Bao Dai Fu
|Bao Hing Fung's nephew.|
|Natalie Wong||Ka Ying Ying
|Kong Wing's lover.|
|John Tang||Kong Wing
|Ding family's helper.
Ka Ying Ying's lover.
Awards and nominations
- Roger Kwok won his first "Best Actor in a Leading Role" Award for his role Ding Sheung Wong, at the 36th TVB Anniversary Awards in 2003.
- TVB.com Square Pegs - Official Website (Chinese)