A Tale of 2 Cities
|A Tale of 2 Cities
|Theme music composer||Johann Strauss|
|Opening theme||"Springtime Voices Waltz" by Masahiro Kawasaki|
|Ending theme||"Himitsu no Akko-chan" by Satoko Shimonari|
|Country of origin||Singapore
|No. of episodes||21 episodes|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Running time||45 minutes|
Media Prima Berhad
|Original network||MediaCorp TV Channel 8 (Singapore)
|Picture format||SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
HDTV (1080i 16:9)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital Sound 5.1
Sony Dynamic Digital Sound 5.1
|First shown in||14 February 2011|
|Original release||14 February – 11 March 2011|
|Followed by||Be Happy|
|Related shows||Falling in Love
A Tale of 2 Cities (Chinese: 樂在雙城; pinyin: Lè Zài Shuāng Chéng is a Singaporean Chinese drama which a co-produced by Media Prima Berhad and MediaCorp TV it was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air terrestrial television channel form MediaCorp TV Channel 8. Live it made its debut on 14 February to 11 March 2011. This drama serial consists of 21-episodes and was screened on every weekday nightlife at 21:00 until 22:00 SST and rerun it made from 19 to 30 December 2011 at every weekday nightlife at 21:00 until 22:00 SST.
In Malaysia, it will be broadcast on the NTV7 primetime drama slot at every weekday evening at 18:00 until 19:00 MST it was filming locations is done in Singapore (a national capital of Singapore) and Kuala Lumpur (a national capital of Malaysia).
This drama has four main couples, namely, Rui En with Pierre Png, Joanne Peh with Zhang Yao Dong, Julie Tan with Zhang Zhenhuan and Kate Pang with Yao Wen Long. Due to a number of famous artistes acting in this drama it attracted 904,000 viewers. All episodes can be viewed in xinmsn catchup.
Episodes 6, 12, 13, 16 to 20 were rated PG in the encore version.
This drama tells a tale of four women, whom all has the character "乐 (lè, happiness)" in their names, namely, Zhang Yale (portrayed by Rui En), Pan Leyao (portrayed by Joanne Peh), Lin Le (portrayed by Kate Pang) and Pan Lexuan (portrayed by Julie Tan). They go through many ups and downs in their respective lives, and eventually learns that happiness lies in simple living, in knowing what one wants in life and undauntingly daring to pursue it.
Yale was born into a wealthy family. When her parents pass away, she inherits their wealth. Yale leads a carefree and indulgent life, nonchalant about the running of the family bridal business and the investments she holds, and leaves these to her employees. Reality bites one day and Ya Le realizes that the bridal business is in the red, the investments have largely reaped no returns and the banks are hounding for repayment of the loans. She tries to seek help from her friends, but she is hurt to find out that they were only interested in her friendship because of her wealth and the lifestyle she could afford to share with them. Yale is now down and out, and her "friends" have all deserted her.
Just when Yale is at her wit's end, she finds out that her late mother had invested in a bridal business "Blissful Times" with her aunt, Jinfeng, who is running the business. Yale tries to sell her late mother's shares in "Blissful Times" to Jinfeng to raise cash to repay the banks. However, Jinfeng has other plans. She refuses to buy over le's share in the business and insists that Ya Le works in "Blissful Times" with her. Yale agrees.
|Rui En||Zhang Yale||章雅乐||Mei Jinfeng's niece
Designer for "Blissful Times"
Lin Wentao's wife
|Joanne Peh||Pan Leyao||潘乐瑶||Pan Jiaxiang and Wang Cuilan's daughter
Ouyang Ming's wife
|Pierre Png||Lin Wentao||林文涛||"Blissful Times" photographer
Adopted son of Mei Jinfeng
Student of Induk Taekwondo
Four-time champion (National Taekwondo Championships)
Zhang Yale's husband
|Mimi Chu||Mei Jinfeng||梅金凤||"Blissful Times" lady boss
Instructor of Induk Taekwondo Academy
|Zhang Yaodong||Ouyang Ming||欧阳明||Ouyang Feng's son
Leyao's constant companion
Pan Leyao's husband
|Zhang Zhenhuan||Yin Zhengkai||殷正凯||CEO of Mika Group
Pan Lexuan's husband
|Kate Pang||Lin Le||林乐||Daughter of Mei Jinfeng
Pan Weisong's wife
|Yao Wenlong||Pan Weisong||潘伟松||Pan Jiaxiang and Wang Cuilan's son
Lin Le's husband
Student of Induk Taekwondo
|Julie Tan||Pan Lexuan||潘乐萱||Pan Jiaxiang and Fengping's daughter
Yin Zhengkai's wife
|Ho Kwai Lam||Ouyang Feng||欧阳风||Mei Jinfeng's ex-enemy
Father of Ouyang Ming
Ex-boss of "I Do I Do"
Instructor of Jinshan Taekwondo academy
Later Mei Jinfeng's suitor
|Huang Wenyong||Pan Jiaxiang||Wang Cuilan's husband|
|Xiang Yun||Wang Cuilan||Pan Jiaxiang's wife|
|Constance Song||Yin Zhengwen||Yin Zhengkai's elder sister
Chairman of Mika Group
|Ya Hui||Guan Yiting||Lin Wentao's ex-lover|
|Darren Lim||Li Zhenbang||Ex-student of Jinshan Taekwondo Academy
Student of Red Sun Taekwondo Academy
|Jerry Yeo||Star||Singer at a bar
|Joshua Ang||Qian Wenlong||Pan Lexuan's ex-boyfriend|
- This drama is the first MediaCorp TV drama in 2011 to have an instrumental music for the opening theme, the next three shows with music as the opening theme are C.L.I.F., On the Fringe and Bountiful Blessings.
- Some scenes in this drama were shot in Kuala Lumpur. However, it is not a co-production with NTV7. Some Kuala Lumpur scenes were also shot in Singapore.
- Originally this drama had intended to produce 21-episodes, but there would be an additional episode due to overruns in filming.
- Zhu Mi Mi apparently plays two roles, as Mei Jinfeng and the "Fairy Godmother" in Yale's dreams (eps 1 & 21).
- Joanne Peh and Zhang Yao Dong paired up again after The Greatest Love of All and Your Hand In Mine.
- Huang Wenyong and Xiang Yun were paired up for many times. Their recent pair-up was The Score.
- In Your Hand In Mine, Huang Wenyong and Yao Wenlong were brothers. In this drama, they are father and son.
- In Joys of Life, Yao Wenlong and Kate Pang were father and daughter. In this drama, they are husband and wife
- The show was originally called 'Love In Two Cities'
Star Awards 2012 nominations
- Loo Yin Kam was nominated for the Best Director award, but the award went to Chong Liung Man in C.L.I.F.
- Paul Yuen and Tang Yeow were nominated for the Best Screenplay award, but the awards went to Chen Sew Khoon and Lau Chin Poon in The In-Laws and Ang Eng Tee in On the Fringe.
- Soh Kok Leong was nominated for the Best Drama Cameraman award, but the award went to Tommy Lee in A Song to Remember.
- Rui En clinched the Favourite Female Character award.
- Rui En and Joanne Peh were nominated for the Best Actress award, of which Joanne Peh clinched the award.
- Kate Pang clinched the Best Newcomer Award.
|Country/Region||Original network||Original channel||Daily||Start timeslot||End timeslot||Timezone||Episode premiere||Episode finale||Dubbed||Subtitle|
|Malaysia||Media Prima Berhad||NTV7||Weekday||18:00||19:00||MST||2 January 2012||present||Chinese||Malay|
|Singapore||MediaCorp TV||Channel 8||21:00||22:00||SST||14 February 2001||11 March 2011||English|