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Created by
  • Brett Barnett
  • Stacey Mackenzie
Written by
  • Brett Barnett
  • Stacey Mackenzie
  • Leigh-Anne Homer
Directed byBrett Barnett
  • Brett Barnett
  • Helen Hall
  • Georgina Hall
  • Hugh Hedley
  • Leigh-Anne Homer
  • Jonathan Homer
  • Vicky Flynn
  • Tom James
  • Stacey Mackenzie
  • Ellis Marsh
  • Jordan Reeves
  • Catherine Wood
Opening theme"Shadazzle Theme"
Composer(s)Ostrich Bay
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5[1]
No. of episodes40[1]
Running time6-19 minutes
Picture format720p (2012) 1080p (2013 - 2015)
Original release25 January 2012 (2012-01-25) –
2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)
External links
Official Website

Shadazzle is a British comedy-drama web series following a group of friends, inspired by soap operas.[2] The show was created by Brett Barnett and Stacey Mackenzie and premiered on 25 January 2012. The series is filmed primarily in Wombwell[3] and Sheffield, with exteriors shot in Wath-upon-Dearne.[4]


A parody of over-the-top soap operas, Shadazzle follows the melodrama in the lives of a group of friends, centred on Florence Smith (played by Helen Hall) and her fiancé, Fred Flagglebush (Brett Barnett).[5] When Fred decides to hire a "vodka swilling cleaner,"[6] the couple's personal expenses become tighter and Florence is forced to accept a job as an exotic dancer at a local club.[1] She soon becomes the center of an unstable Trevor Shaw's (Jonathan Homer) unwanted affection, that ends in disaster when Trevor crashes the wedding.[1]

Later seasons explore romance, loneliness, and ultimately the murder of Alex Abernathy (Leigh-Anne Homer) and the clash between Florence and her murderer, Billy (Ellis Marsh), all told from the perspectives of Florence and those closest to her.[1]

Each episode of Shadazzle follows the perspective of a different character, with story lines eventually interlinking as the series progresses,[7] and features themes of personal struggle and alcoholism, among others.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (30 March 2016). Internet Comedy Television Series, 1997-2015. McFarland & Company. pp. 252–253. ISBN 978-0786497607.
  2. ^ Gutelle, Sam (2013-10-11), "Indie Spotlight: 'Neighborhood Watchmen' Puts Heroes in 'The Office'", Tubefilter
  3. ^ Presenter: Rony Robinson (2012-08-06). "Rony Robinson, 06/08/2012". Rony Robinson. Sheffield. BBC. BBC Radio Sheffield.
  4. ^ Johnson, Claire (6 July 2012). "Shadazzle Pricking the Soaps Bubble". The Rotherham Advertiser. p. 37.
  5. ^ Nizinskyj, Paul (3 August 2012). "Friends write and star in local soap". The Barnsley Chronicle - 'Chronicle 2' supplement. p. 3.
  6. ^ Duncan, Sarah (2012), "Shadazzle", Flicker Magazine
  7. ^ Clarke, Susan E. (2014), "Shadazzle", WebVee Guide
  8. ^ Urtz, Eric (2012), "Shadazzle", Snobby Robot

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