Dear Heaven

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Dear Heaven
Also known as Love in Heaven
Dear God
Sky
Genre Melodrama, Romance
Written by Im Sung-han
Directed by Lee Young-hee
Shin Yoon-seob
Starring Yoon Jung-hee
Lee Tae-gon
Cho Yeon-woo
Lee Soo-kyung
Wang Bit-na
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 85
Production
Executive producer(s) Yoon Young-muk
Producer(s) Jo Dong-suk
Lee Hyun-suk
Location(s) South Korea
Running time 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:45 (KST)
Production company(s) Korea Broadcasting Entertainment for Satellite & Terrestrial Inc. (K-BEST)
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 10 September 2005 (2005-09-10) – 2 July 2006 (2006-07-02)
Chronology
Preceded by That Summer's Typhoon
Followed by Yeon Gaesomun
External links
Website tv.sbs.co.kr/sky/
Dear Heaven at K-BEST www.kbest.co.kr/board/kboard.php?board=drama02&act=view&no=45&page=1&search_mode=&search_word=&cid=

Dear Heaven (Hangul하늘이시여; RRHaneuliseyeo; also known as Love in Heaven) is a South Korean television series starring Yoon Jung-hee, Lee Tae-gon,[1] Cho Yeon-woo, Lee Soo-kyung, and Wang Bit-na. It aired on SBS from September 10, 2005 to July 2, 2006 on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:45 for 85 episodes.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, it was the 5th highest rated TV program in Korea for the year 2006, with an average rating of 28.3%, and a peak rating of 44.5%.[2]

The popular soap opera invited both criticism and high ratings for its provocative plot. The story revolved around a middle-aged woman who introduces her handsome news anchor stepson to her abandoned daughter, who had led a miserable life because of a cruel stepmother. It triggered controversy when the woman was revealed as the girl's biological mother. Viewers were divided on whether it was "immoral" and "incestuous" or a fresh take on relationship dramas, but director Lee Young-hee insisted that the show's theme was "deep maternal love, with a mother reclaiming her own daughter as a daughter-in-law in order to atone for having abandoned her as a baby."[3]

Plot[edit]

When she was very young, Ji Young-sun (Han Hye-sook) gave away her baby Lee Ja-kyung after giving birth to her. She later remarries and creates a new family, but soon after, her husband dies, leaving her behind with her stepson Gu Wang-mo (Lee Tae-gon), and her daughter Gu Seul-ah (Lee Soo-kyung).

Now grown and a makeup artist, Lee Ja-kyung (Yoon Jung-hee) finds herself adrift with loneliness since her foster parents died when she was a child. She fell in love with her step-uncle but his family shuns her, dashing away any hopes of being with him. Deciding to focus on her career and find a new love, she meets Wang-mo, a TV news anchor.

Young-sun has been searching for the daughter whom she had abandoned in her youth. As if guided by the hand of fate, she discovers that Ja-kyung is already going out with Young-sun's own stepson, Wang-mo. In order to keep her secret daughter by her side, Young-sun does everything in her power to marry Ja-kyung to Wang-mo, and eventually succeeds. The two women form a curious double relationship, as at once mother/daughter and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law.

Cast[edit]

Gu family
Kang family
Lee family
Extended cast
  • Cho Yeon-woo as Kim Cheong-ha (movie star)
  • Geum Dan-bi as Mun-ok (Ja-kyung's friend)
  • Lee Sook as Bae-deuk's friend
  • Lee Dae-ro as Bae-deuk's dancing partner

Awards[edit]

2005 SBS Drama Awards

2006 SBS Drama Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lovebirds". The Dong-a Ilbo. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Dramas Sweep the Top 10 Ratings List". KBS Global. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  3. ^ "New SBS Drama Sparks Morality Controversy Even Before Its First Episode Airs". The Dong-a Ilbo. 8 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Yoon Jung-hee Overcame Her Fears on Way to Blissful". The Chosun Ilbo. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (2 October 2008). "Youthful drama targets weekend audience". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  6. ^ Chung, Ah-young (1 January 2007). "Broadcasters Award Top-Rated Dramas". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 

External links[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in Vietnam on VTV3 channel from October 27, 2007, called Thiên đường tình yêu.